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Pope Francis thanks Amazon bishops after talks on married priests request

Francis did not mention the bishops’ vote to press the Vatican to allow married men to become priests in special circumstances.

An Amazon indigenous girl gives Pope Francis a plant during the offertory of a Mass for the closing of Amazon synod (Alessandra Tarantino/AP/PA)
An Amazon indigenous girl gives Pope Francis a plant during the offertory of a Mass for the closing of Amazon synod (Alessandra Tarantino/AP/PA)

By Associated Press reporter

Pope Francis has thanked Amazon regional bishops for their “candour” at a meeting which called for ordaining married priests and other changes to help the Catholic church’s far-flung flock in that part of South America.

In his homily on Sunday at a Mass to conclude weeks of discussions at the Vatican on the needs of the Amazon’s faithful, Francis did not mention the bishops’ vote to press the Vatican to allow married men to become priests in special circumstances.

A day earlier, Francis told bishops he would draw his conclusions in a document he hoped to write by the end of the year.

Allowing married men to be ordained in remote Amazon areas that are facing severe shortage of priests would chip away at the Catholic Church’s nearly millennium-old teaching upholding priestly celibacy.

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