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Vatican document on women deaconesses nears final vote

The International Theological Commission is now scrutinising the final draft of a document that addresses the issue of the ordination of women deaconesses.

A Vatican Press Office statement said the vote on the document will take place this week, when the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith holds its annual plenary assembly. The Congregation coordinates the work of the Theological Commission.

The Vatican Congregation commissioned the document. The commission requested numerous modifications to the working document. The final text will help shed light on the diaconate-related documentation that has existed since the early years of Christianity, the commission's secretary-general, Dominican Father Georges Cottier, told Zenit.

The theological commission helps the Holy See and, in particular, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on important doctrinal questions. The panel comprises 30 theologians at most.


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30 Sep 2002