The largest Roman Catholic geographical district in Brazil, located deep in the Amazon along the Xingu River, has more than 800 Catholic congregations but only 27 priests.
Faith and Justice: The pope gave the press lots to write about after Francis held a free-wheeling press conference aboard an airplane again.
There are at least three reasons Pope Francis may be amenable to the debate on whether to allow married men into the priesthood.
Grace on the Margins: If the church allows married men into the priesthood, they will be a certain kind of man, opposed to full equality for women.
We say: A bishop who knows the needs of his people should not act alone, Pope Francis reportedly said. We join Francis in challenging bishops who embrace reform ideas.
NCR Today: Pope Francis reportedly told a fellow Latin American prelate that the ordination of "proven" married men is a possibility if bishops' conferences ask for it.