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Laymen to officiate at marriages; CHURCH.

CATHOLIC couples will have an opportunity to wed in their churches with married laymen instead of priests officiating.

Laymen will also perform the rites at baptisms and funerals.

The new "hatch, match, and despatch" powers will be given to six married men in the Diocese of Elphin at Sligo Cathedral tomorrow.

They will be ordained "permanent deacons", the first in the Diocese of Elphin in 1,500 years.

Eight deacons were recently ordained in Dublin. Some six other dioceses have men in training.

A spokesman for Bishop Christopher Jones, who will ordain the men, said: "They will continue in their professions and minister part-time in various parishes."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2012
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