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Pope asks future Vatican diplomats to spend a year of formation on mission

From now on, priests who want to be pontifical representatives around the world must dedicate an entire year of their formation to Catholic missionary work in a land other than their own.

The suggestion was given to Pope Francis in writing during the synod.

Oct. 26, 2019
“Tn the curriculum of Diplomatic Service, that young priests spend at least one year on mission land. But not doing internships. Not doing internships, as is done in nunciatures, which is very useful, but simply to be at the service of a bishop in a mission area.”

The pope believes it is an advantageous experience for young priests, particularly those desiring to be formed as nuncios. The rule will go into effect in the fall, the beginning of the next academic year 2020-2021.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translated: Melissa Butz