Pope Francis has amended the Code of Canon Law to allow women to become readers and acolytes (analogous to altar servers in the Orthodox Church). This is reported on the website of the Holy See.
“The consolidated practice of the Roman Catholic Church has in fact confirmed that temporal ministries based on the sacrament of baptism can be entrusted to all suitable male or female faithful,” the pontiff’s letter states.
It should be noted that in 1570, Pope Pius V banned women from participating in liturgical services, but allowed laymen who were not ordained in the minor ranks to serve as priests. The Second Vatican Council, in its constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium, defined the ministrant ministry as one of the liturgical functions. The subsequent abolition of the minor ranks, as well as of the exorcist and ostiarius, led to a redistribution of liturgical functions among acolytes, readers, and ministrants who were not ordained, ministers.
As the media reported, in October 2020, Pope Francis officially expressed support for same-sex civil marriages.
“People of homosexual orientation have the right to be a family. They are children of God and have the right to a family. There needs to be a civil union law to give these people legal protection. I am convinced of this,” said Pope Francis.
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, not only spoke out against same-sex unions but also condemned the phenomenon of homosexuality in the Church as such. Same-sex marriages were also criticized and condemned during a meeting of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2003