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Pope says ordaining married men an idea

By JASON HOROWITZ The New York Times

This article was published March 18, 2017 at 2:03 a.m.

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Pope Francis, shown leaving after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, has indicated an openness to ordaining married men to serve as priests in places facing a dire priest shortage.

Pope Francis prays with members of the Roman curia during a weeklong spiritual retreat at the village of Ariccia, near Rome, earlier this month. The p...

Pope Francis last week signaled receptiveness to appeals from bishops in the remote and overwhelmed corners of the Roman Catholic Church to combat a deepening shortage of priests by ordaining married men who are already committed to the church.

Pope Francis prays with members of the Roman curia during a weeklong spiritual retreat at the village of Ariccia, near Rome, earlier this month. The p...

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