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Australian bishop looks to Asia to relieve shortage of priests

CWN - March 28, 2012

An Australian Catholic bishop has said that his diocese is looking to Asia—the Philippines in particular—for help to relieve a shortage of priests.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly of Port Pirie said that Australia has always needed to recruit some priests from abroad. In the past, Irish priests helped alleviate the shortage of native clergy. Now that the flow of Irish priests “has dried up, we have to look to Asia,” the bishop said.

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