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Spain: Church offers jobs amid high unemployment

March 15, 2012
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MADRID—Amid soaring unemployment in Spain the country's Roman Catholic Church has launched a campaign offering steady jobs as priests.

In an advertisement video posted on social networks such as YouTube, a series of priests announce the benefits of priesthood with the first saying he "can't promise a great salary but I can promise a fixed job."

The number of people entering the priesthood has dwindled drastically in recent years leaving many parishes without priests.

The average monthly wage for priests is around 800 euros ($1,045).

Spain has a eurozone high unemployment rate of nearly 23 percent. The figure is expected to rise even further this year.

The Bishops Conference said on it website Thursday the video was made to coincide with Seminary Day on March 19.

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