Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience in Vatican City on May 4, 2016.
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May 12, 2016 5:19 PM EDT
Kirsten Salyer is a writer and the former Deputy Editor of TIME Ideas

Pope Francis said Thursday that he’s open to the idea of creating a commission to study whether women could train to become deacons, or ordained ministers, in the Catholic Church. In response to the pope’s willingness to consider the change, Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, told TIME:

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