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The statistics were released during the opening of a hearing of Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Pontiff told participants at a Vatican event on religious life that the loss of clergy is weakening the Church

The Liberal Theologian said the Pope wants to fulfil a request made by Brazil’s bishops

The Pope said there is a ‘spirit of clericalism’ in those priests who ‘feel superior and distance themselves from the people’

The Pope also extended his decree that allows SSPX priests to hear valid confessions

Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was the third priest abducted in Veracruz since September – the other two were killed

The bodies of Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Fr Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz were found by a roadside outside the city of Poza Rica last month

St Jose Sanchez del Rio was canonised with six other new saints on Sunday

State prosecutors have suggested the men were involved in questionable behaviour shortly before their deaths

Parishioners reject claims Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Fr Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz had been drinking with their killers