Pope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFPPope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFP
Pope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFP

Former pope Benedict breaks silence and stuns Vatican watchers

  • Retired pope Benedict has broken his silence to reaffirm the value of priestly celibacy, co-authoring a bombshell book
  • Comes as Pope Francis weighs allowing married men to be ordained to address the Catholic priest shortage

Topic |   Pope Francis
Pope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFPPope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFP
Pope Francis greets greeting Pope Benedict at the Vatican in 2018. The former pope has come out against proposals to end celibacy among priests. File photo: AFP
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