Pope Francis is willing to consider allowing married men of proven character to become priests. The pope told German newspaper Die Zeit this could help to overcome a shortage of priests in remote communities.
Since Francis became pope in 2013, he has often honored Christians who have suffered for their faith in current times. He emphasized that the latest saints can serve as role models for today's Catholics.
Rebels and their victims in Colombia stood together as Pope Frances led an open-air Mass. The pope called for reconciliation after decades of fighting between the government and left-wing Colombian rebels.
The pope has said that older, married men of "proven character" could be ordained, as long as they agree to be celibate. The Catholic Church is facing a dire shortage of priests, especially in some remote areas.
Speaking before an advisory commission, Pope Francis has addressed the problem of sexual molestation by priests. He said he has learned from his own mistakes in dealing with offenders and called such abuse a "sickness."
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