Pope is asked to make priestly celibacy optional

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In this April 12, 2013 photo, Clelia Luro shows a picture of herself with her late husband, Jeronimo Podesta, a former bishop of Avellaneda, at her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Luro, whose romance with the former bishop and eventual marriage became a major scandal in the 1960s, is such a close friend with Pope Francis that he called her every Sunday when he was Argentina's leading cardinal. She's convinced that Pope Francis will eventually lead the global church to end mandatory priestly celibacy, a requirement she says “the world no longer understands.” (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.