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12:55  17 june  2019
12:55  17 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Vatican is preparing to open formal debate on opening up the priesthood to married men. Pope Francis has convened a meeting of South American He has also expressed sympathy for priests who have made the anguished choice to leave. Vocatio, an Italian association of these “ married

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has formally opened debate on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

The proposal was in a working document released Monday for an October meeting of South American bishops on the Amazon.

The document, prepared by the Vatican based on input from the region, affirmed that celibacy is a gift for the church. But it suggested officials study "the possibility of priestly ordination for older men, preferably indigenous and respected and accepted by their communities, even if they have stable families, for the region's most remote areas."

Pope Francis, history's first Latin American pope, has focused attention on the sacramental and environmental plight of Amazonian communities.

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