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Pope Francis says women will never be Roman Catholic priests

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    Pope Francis meets with a representative of the Buddhist religion on the occasion of an inter religious meeting

    The declaration is not a change in stance for the Argentinian pope, who has always said the door was closed on women being ordained as priests.

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    Pope Francis shakes hands with Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi

    But when he was asked and then pressed on the matter by a Swedish journalist during a press conference onboard the papal plane, Francis suggested the ban would be eternal.

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    Pope Francis shakes hands with representatives of different religions during an inter religious meeting

    The pope went on to say women did “many other things better than men”, emphasising what has been called the “feminine dimension of the church”.

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    Pope Francis meets with representatives of different religions

    But Francis’s praise of women will do little to comfort feminist Catholics who want women to have a broader role in the church, including ordination.

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