ROME (AP) _ Women seeking to become priests have denounced the Roman Catholic church's ban on female ordination, bringing their campaign to the Vatican during a worldwide gathering of bishops.
About two dozen women marched across the Tiber River close to St. Peter's Square Wednesday, chanting "Ordain Women! Ordain Women!'' In May, the Vatican insisted that the priesthood has always been reserved for men and warned that women who take part in ordinations will be excommunicated. The current synod of bishops was convened by Pope Benedict to discuss the relevance of the Bible for contemporary Catholics.