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Priests Should Be Allowed To Be Married, Pope Francis Says

So far, conservatives have expressed opposition to the controversial move.

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.

Source: Reuters

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.

Source: PA

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.

Source: CNS

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.


Marine Park Trainer in China Puts Lipstick on Beluga Whale, Sparks Outrage

She did it to make the whale look “prettier.”

Being viral is what everybody wants to be, especially for businesses and wanna-be celebrities. People will do even the craziest things just to get famous online. A marine park trainer pulls a stunt possibly to make the park's videos viral, but it earned her so much more.

The park in question is Sun Asia Ocean World in Dalian in North Eastern China. In one of the videos that featured the park's attractions, a female trainer was seen putting on bright red lipstick on a beluga whale's lips.

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Kim Jong-un Brought Personal Toilet To Protect His Stools During Sit-Down With Trump

Kim Jong-un took “keeping one’s privacy” to the next level.

Kim Jong-un took “keeping one’s privacy” to the next level. North Korean officials made sure that he will have a safe arrival for his sit-down with President Donald Trump in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit. To make this possible, they used two decoy airplanes to protect the Supreme Leader's stools. Yes, you read that right.

Bringing his own bodyguards and food supply is definitely nothing out of the ordinary. However, tagging a portable toilet along certainly dropped a lot of jaws. Kim's security team brought the bathroom fixture to Singapore in an effort to “deny determined sewer divers insights into the supreme leader's stools.”

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Fear Grips India As Rare Virus Continues To Claim Lives, May Become Global Epidemic

The disease is suspected to be caused by infected fruit bats.

Several people in southern India have died after they have been infected with a virus that causes flu-like symptoms at first and develops into something more agonizing as the disease progresses. What is more alarming is that, according to health officials, the rare disease may even become a global epidemic if it is not contained.

Emergency measures are being taken in the southwestern state of Kerala in India after almost 50 people have been infected with the Nipah virus. While those infected only experience flu-like symptoms at the onset, the agony aggravates as the symptoms progress to encephalitis, a condition characterized by the swelling of the brain.

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