Religion: Shortage in Rome

Non-Catholics sometimes forget that His Holiness the Pope, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Sovereign of Vatican City, and Servant of the Servants of God, is also the Bishop of Rome. Last week the Bishop of Rome had a local problem on his hands: a "serious shortage" of priests in the Eternal City. Reason: twelve of Rome's some 600 priests died last year, only six new ones were ordained. Sadly the Bishop of...

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