A Bolivian farmer has become one of the few married men to be ordained a priest by the Roman Catholic Church.
GV & SV People gathered at decorated school for ceremony (3 shots)
SV & CU Sergio Canaviri & family awaiting ordination ceremony (2 shots)
SV Archbishop reading text
SV Canaviri & family bow in front of Archbishop TILT UP TO Archbishop reading text
SV Villagers look on
SCU Archbishop with hands on Canaviri's head as crowd watches (2 shots)
SV Archbishop places robes & sash on Canaviri as villagers look on (3 shots)
CU & SV PAN Family stands by as Canviri reads text & crosses himself (4 shots)
SV Flag flying TILT DOWN TO People attending Mass
SV Canaviri giving Holy Communion to members of his family
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Background: A Bolivian farmer has become one of the few married men to be ordained a priest by the Roman Catholic Church.
Sergio Canaviri, father of eight children, was ordained on Thursday (15 March) at the farming community of Tacagua, 56 kilometres from la Paz, in a special ceremony conducted entirely in the local Aymara Indian dialect.
Two of Canaviri's children and his wife attended the ceremony, which conferred upon him the authority to conduct weddings, christenings and Holy Communion.
Married men can only become priests in the Roman Catholic Church when granted a special dispensation from the Pope. The dispensation was made in this case because the Tacagua community of about 1,000 families did not have a local priest.
SYNOPSIS: This school, in the small Bolivian farming community of Tacagua, near Laaz, was the scene on Thursday of a special religious ceremony. Sergio Canaviri, seen here with his wife and several of his children, was about to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
Sergio became one of the very few married men to received a special dispensation from the Pope allowing him to become a priest. Two of Sergio's eight children were at the ceremony, which was conducted in the local Aymara Indian dialect by a Bolivian Archbishop.
The Archbishop presented Sergio with robes, a crucifix and a Bible as symbols of his authority. The ceremony conferred upon him the authority to conduct weddings, Christenings and Holy Communion.
The Archbishop also presented Sergio's wife with a religious medal to mark the special honour bestowed upon her husband. The new priest's parish consists of about 1,000 families spread over the Altiplano plateau, high above La Paz.
The local farmers and their families, who had trekked on foot and by mule and cycle to Tacagua for the ceremony, were rewarded by hearing the first mass conducted by their new priest. Sergio's wife and elder children were among the celebrants who received Holy Communion from him.