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Pope raises age limit for monsignors, from 35 to 65

'Does not apply retroactively'

07 January, 14:11
Pope raises age limit for monsignors, from 35 to 65 (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 7 - The Vatican Secretariat of State on Monday announced that the honorific title of monsignor would heretofore be assigned only to priests aged 65 years or older. Until now, priests as young as 35 could be awarded the title, usually by their local bishop for rendering valuable service to the Church. The new rules "will not have a retroactive effect," said a Vatican statement. The decision was made directly by Pope Francis, the statement specified.

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