Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight back to Rome, Italy Nov. 1, 2016. REUTERS/Ettore Ferrari/Pool
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Pope Francis said Tuesday he believes the Roman Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.Francis was referring to a 1994 document by Pope John Paul that closed the door on a female priesthood.In August, Francis set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, raising hopes among equality campaigners that women could one day have a greater say in the 1.2 billion-member Church.Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers and must be men. The Church barred women from becoming deacons centuries ago.
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