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Pope Francis describes not ordaining women priests as ''a theological problem"

In an interview with Jesuit-run America Media, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church's position regarding the priestly ordination of women.

He described it as "a theological problem." But not one that denies women their role.

The Pope did recognize that there must be more room for women in the Church. For example, during his in-flight press conference returning from Bahrain, he referenced the case of the Council for the Economy—one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia.

In the Council for the Economy, there were six cardinals and six lay people, all male. I made a change to the lay people and I put one male and five women. And this is a revolution because women know how to find the right way. They know how to move forward.

Pope Francis touched on a series of issues in the America Media interview, including divisions at the political level around the world and within the Church.