If there’s something we’ve all come to expect from Pope Francis, it’s definitely his tendency to say and do unorthodox things. This has once again been established by recent reports which say the Catholic leader has said married men in Brazil should be allowed to become priests.
The controversial request was made by Pope Francis in order to address the shortage of priests in the remote communities of the Amazon where the religion only has “one priest for every 10,000 Catholics,” according to Cardinal Claudio Hummes, President of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon.
In a controversial move, Pope Francis requested married men to be allowed to become priests in Brazil.
Viri Probati, or married priests, have already been around for decades. It has, however, received renewed attention from Pope Francis, reports said. The issue will soon be discussed and will need a vote from Brazilian bishops before it can take effect.
Earlier in the year, the pontiff has raised the idea of lifting the rule of celibacy to some degree.
In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, the Pope said:
“We must consider if viri probati is a possibility. Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities.”
According to Pope Francis, the principle of celibacy is more about discipline than it is about dogma.
So far, conservatives have expressed negativity to the idea. In the past, Pope Francis has also allowed divorced people who remarried to receive the communion, with the approval of priests or the local bishop.
Actually, the Catholic Church already allows exceptions to celibacy.
Perhaps unknown to some, there are currently some priests within the Catholic Church that are allowed to be married – such as married Anglican priests who eventually convert to the religion.
If approved in Brazil, the rule may likely extend to other countries across the world in due time.
Saudi Arabia Unveils Plans to Build Futuristic ‘Megacity’ Spanning Three Countries
The ambitious $500-billion project will run entirely on renewable energy – and will have robots and driver-less vehicles!
Remember how we, as kids, thought the future would be about flying cars, jetpacks, and modern cities? Well, we’re not close to realizing that - at least in a way that such technology has become widely available to the masses.
Well we’re now getting a little closer to that – at least in the ‘modern cities’ category. As a recent report confirmed, Saudi Arabia has officially announced its plans to build a futuristic megacity that will span three countries.
The fascinating project, dubbed Neom, is estimated to be worth $500 billion.
The megacity will be running entirely on wind power and solar energy.
Dashcam Footage Shows Massive Speeding Truck Ramming Into Vehicles In Philippines
Ten people were injured and at least four died from the horrific accident.
Multiple people have been injured while four have been killed in a road collision caused by a trailer truck carrying steel construction beams. The incident happened on Thursday, Oct. 26 afternoon, causing a nine-vehicle pile-up along Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Philippines.
Initial reports stated that at least 10 people were injured in the horrific accident. Four people were confirmed dead, which included a male motorcycle driver and a woman who was declared dead upon arriving at a hospital. Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said the heavy load took a toll on the truck and the driver alleged he lost control of the vehicle.
WARNING: Graphic images ahead.
This trailer truck rammed into vehicles on the road causing a nine-vehicle pileup.
The truck driver claimed he lost control of the vehicle.
Elderly Chinese Woman Tosses Coins At Jet’s Engine For Good Luck, Delays Flight
The flight was grounded overnight.
It's a story you may have heard before because, apparently, tossing coins at jet engines is a pretty common thing. An elderly Chinese woman was recently detained at an airport in the city of Anqing in eastern China’s Anhui province after throwing coins at a plane's engine, causing the flight to be grounded overnight.
The 76-year-old woman was flying Lucky Air, under the Hainan Airlines group. But that was not enough for her, and she still tossed the coins as she wished for a safe flight. This incident is the second of its kind reported at the same airport this year.
Witnesses said the coins were tossed at the engine during boarding time.
The ground crew later found the coins on the tarmac next to the plane, and they reported their discovery to the airport authorities. The elderly woman was then taken into custody, and the flight, which was to depart Anqing for the city of Kunming in southwestern China, was grounded overnight. This caused inconvenience to many passengers, who were flown to Kunming the following morning....