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Pope Francis gets ready to board the plane for the Vatican at Tocumen Airport after participating in World Youth Day, in Panama City, on January 27.(AFP Photo)

Pope Francis says priest celibacy ‘gift to the Church’, not ‘optional’

ABOARD PAPAL PLANE | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 09:25 PM IST
Celibacy was imposed in the 11th century, possibly partly to prevent descendants of priests inheriting church property.
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