Vatican City, Feb 14, 2020 / 14:17 pm
Pope Francis this week discussed his new post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, with United States bishops in Rome for their ad limina visits to the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul.
In a two and half hour-long Feb. 10 meeting with the bishops of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, Francis spoke about his document following October’s Amazon synod, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver told CNA.
“He brought up to us that he was going to release it and with that he brought up too the question of celibacy,” Archbishop Aquila said.
Pope Francis was expected to focus in Querida Amazonia on a proposal to ordain married men as priests in the Amazon region. He instead emphasized the importance of collaboration in apostolic ministry by Catholics in various states of life.