Catholic priests in Enugu, Eastern Nigeria, have protested the killing of their colleague by gunmen on Thursday.

Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen shot dead a Catholic Priest, Rev. FR Paul Offu in Enugu on Thursday.

The Priests of Catholic Diocese of Enugu on Friday afternoon marched towards Enugu State Government House over the gruesome murder of their colleague.

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The Vatican has formally opened debate on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

The call for study on the proposal was contained in the working document, released on Monday, for an October meeting of South American bishops on the Amazon.

The document, prepared by the Vatican based on input from the region, affirmed that celibacy is a gift for the Catholic Church.

But it suggested officials study “the possibility of priestly ordination for older men, preferably indigenous and respected and accepted by their communities, even if they have stable families, for the region’s most remote areas”.

The idea of ordaining so-called “viri probati” – married men of proven virtue – has been around for decades to cope with a priest shortage and decline in vocations overall.



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