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Priests and marriage: Pope’s response not so new after all

Pope Francis greeted a new priest at an ordination Mass April 26, 2015, in St. Peter’s Basilica. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit in early March, Pope Francis discussed the possibility of examining whether to allow married men to become priests.

VATICAN CITY — While Pope Francis' recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors.

In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and marry could be "an incentive" for combating the shortage of priestly vocations.

He also was asked about the possibility of allowing married "viri probati" — men of proven virtue — to become priests.

DEAR FATHER | Exposing, reposing Blessed Sacrament should be reserved for priests, deacons

Whenever we speak about handling the Eucharist, we desire to treat the Lord with the greatest respect. Even with this most important desire, there will be unexpected situations that will arise. How do we handle these situations while keeping respect for the Blessed Sacrament at the fore?

Jesuits called to reconcile humanity with God, new superior says

ROME — Jesuits are called to face the challenges of today's world and contribute toward "reconciliation among human beings and, at the same time, a reconciliation with God and creation," said Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the newly elected Jesuit superior general.

"This is a great call to reconciliation. The kingdom of God cannot be present, cannot exist among us if we do not understand each other, if we do not recognize each other as people, if we do not try to have a situation in which the world can live in peace," he said.

Young martyr a symbol of hope for Mexico’s priests

A man held an image of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was martyred at the age of 14 in 1928, before the canonization Mass for him and six others, celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. The other saints canonized Oct. 16 were St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, St. Salomone Leclerq, St. Elizabeth of the Holy Trinity, St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, St. Ludovico Pavoni and St. Alfonso Maria Fusco.

ROME — The heroism of Mexico's newest saint, St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, should embolden the nation's priests to continue their ministry with trust in God, said the vice postulator of the young saint's cause.

For priests in Mexico, especially those who denounce the activity of drug traffickers and find themselves targeted for attacks, the life of St. Jose is a call to place their "full trust in God," Antonio Berumen, the vice postulator, said.

Missionaries of Charity Fathers carry on work of Mother Teresa in Tijuana

Father Zbigniew Szczotka, a member of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, center, accompanies a group of men at the sanctuary of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, as they begin a short walk to invite people to Mass Aug. 21 in Tijuana, Mexico. They are part of a group doing spiritual and community service with the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa will be canonized Sept. 4 at the Vatican.

TIJUANA, Mexico — The men trudged down the dusty road of an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood. The Sunday morning air was already arid and hot, but the small group was on a mission: They were heading to a tiny neighborhood community center, bearing lemonade, food and prayers for the local families.

The men are members of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers, founded by Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. The Fathers' generalate house has been in Tijuana since 1988.

CALLED TO JOY | Fathers Kent Pollman and Scott Schiederer submit their wills to God in becoming priests

Young adulthood, the prime of a person's life, is often filled with critical decisions.

Kent Pollman was entering the broadcast world, first as a filmmaker, then later in radio. Scott Scheiderer had dreams of becoming a special agent with the FBI or DEA. Then there was consideration of social work.

They followed their dreams and made their plans. They went to school to become well-skilled in their concentrations and applied for jobs.

Then God came along.

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