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Charity Sr. Louise Akers came to national prominence in 2009, when Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk ordered her to publicly renounce her support for women's ordination.
Several progressive Catholic groups are launching DeaconChat, aimed at giving lay Catholics and clergy across the U.S. a direct say on whether the church should ordain women deacons.
Updated: Archbishop Paul-André Durocher will be recognized for efforts in advancing the discussion of female deacons and promoting female leadership within the Catholic church.
Pope Francis issued a decree in January that women should be included in the foot washing ritual on Holy Thursday. FutureChurch launched a survey to determine its effect on parishes.