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Pope Francis attends a meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The changes, brought in after 15 years of study, are to help Eastern Christians living in Latin-majority lands

Melkite Catholic Bishop Nicholas Samra of Newton, Massachusetts (Photo: CNS)

Vatican lifts ban on married priests among Eastern Catholic churches in diaspora

A former Episcopalian priest kisses his wife after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As an ordinariate looks set to be established by next week, the debate about married priests reopens