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Synod responds to lack of priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Renewed efforts for increasing priestly vocations and a better distribution of the world's priests were the leading suggestions for how the Church should respond to priestless parishes in the first drafts of propositions presented by the Synod of Bishops on October 14...

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Pope offers guidance to children

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Benedict XVI urged children to cultivate a lifelong friendship with Jesus because he would guide them, help them make the right decisions in life and help them become better people...

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Call for married priests

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A lack of priests coupled with people's great need for spiritual nourishment must prompt the Church to be open to considering a role for married priests in the life of the Church, said some members of the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist in Rome...

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Bishop ends hunger strike

SAO PAULO, Brazil (CNS): A Brazilian bishop has ended a hunger strike as part of a protest against government plans to change the course of the country's San Francisco River...

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Celibacy issue on agenda

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist opened on October 2 with a papal Mass and an overview of the liturgical and pastoral issues up for discussion, including questions about married priests and shared Communion...

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Concern over gay ban plan

WASHINGTON (CNS): Rumours of an imminent Vatican instruction excluding most gay men from seminaries or ordination have sparked concern among superiors of men's religious orders in the United States...

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