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Pope Francis thanks Amazon bishops after talks on married priests request

by Press Association

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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