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Pope issues new rules on retirement for bishops, Vatican officials

February 15, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis has issued new canonical rules for the retirement of diocesan bishops and Vatican officials. In a motu proprio changing several provisions of canon law, the Pope rules that while both bishops and Vatican officials are obliged to submit their resignations upon reaching the age of 75, they remain in office until the Pontiff accepts their resignation, and this “pontifical decision is not automatic.” He encourages bishops to prepare prayerfully for retirement, while remaining open to longer service.

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