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Vatican Lifts Ban

Pope Francis reacts as he listens children's singing while arrives to visit a classroom in Our Lady Queen of Angels School in the East Harlem, neighborhood of New York, Friday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Kena Betancur/Pool Photo via AP)

Catholic News Service | Nov. 17, 2014

The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Pope Francis approved lifting the ban, also doing away with the provision that, in exceptional cases, Eastern Catholic bishops in the diaspora could receive Vatican approval to ordain married men. In recent years, however, some Eastern Catholic bishops went ahead with such ordinations discreetly without Vatican approval.

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