Pope Francis has ruled against married men getting ordained as bishops in the Amazon region.
The idea which was endorsed by bishops last year has failed to get the approval of the Pope.
It is expected that Bishops in the Catholic Church are to maintain celibacy except in cases where an Anglican Bishop converted.
A statement from the Vatican said: “The Amazon challenges us, the Pope writes, to overcome limited perspectives and not to content ourselves with solutions that address only part of the situation.”
The Pope said there was a need for ministers who can understand Amazonian sensibilities and cultures from within. He urged bishops to “promote prayer for priestly vocations” and to encourage those who want to become missionaries to “opt for the Amazon region”.