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Worldwide surge in priests' interest in June gathering with Pope

April 26, 2010

The Vatican organizers of a worldwide gathering of priests in June have been forced the extend a registration deadline because of an overwhelming response to the Pope's invitation.

The 3-day gathering, marking the conclusion of the Year for Priests, is being organized by the Congregation for Clergy. That office has reported a deluge of applications, and announced that the deadline for registration will now be set back to May 17.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, has encouraged priests to participate in the event as a means of showing Pope Benedict their "solidarity, support, condience, and unconditional communion in the face of frequent attacks."


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Apr. 27, 2010 12:34 AM ET USA

    Here we go again! The ANSA link repeats and repeats "pedophilia" "pedophilia" "pedophilia"! WHEN will they recognize the problem: homosexuality. That is NOT the same as pedophilia. There may be a very few cases where pedophiles were the abusers. The majority of cases of sex abuse within the clergy is perpetrated by homosexual men upon post-pubescent boys! I don't think "they" (media) want to call it what it is because this would demean homosexuals who currently are a preferred class.

  • Posted by: paulmay6949 - Apr. 26, 2010 9:29 PM ET USA

    I have always wondered from whence comes the funds for such global travel these days? When I was a teenager (1950's) our parish would have to locate a benefactor to foot the bill for what then was an expensive proposition. Do priests earn enough today for such trips?