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Pope amends canon law on religious who abandon community

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis has made it easier for a religious congregation to dismiss a member who leaves the community without permission, stays away and does not communicate with their superior.
 
In a document titled, Communis Vita (Community Life), the pope amended the Code of Canon Law to include an almost automatic dismissal of religious who are absent without authorisation from their community for at least 12 months.
 

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