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Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

Let us be grateful witnesses of God's mercy, Pope says

Jul 9, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Christ gave sight to a blind beggar whom others ignored. For Pope Francis, this bears an important lesson for Christians today.

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Jul 1, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015 - 05:11 am .- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church.

What does four decades as a priest look like? One bishop shares his story

May 28, 2015 - 03:50 am .- On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his own vocation than when he was first ordained.

US sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year

Apr 10, 2015 - 02:14 am .- The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.

Young boy lives dream of 'being a priest' for a day

Apr 9, 2015 - 03:56 pm .- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped one young boy to live his dream by experiencing, in part, what it’s like to be a priest for a day.Young boy lives dream of ‘being a priest’ for a day

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015 - 02:35 am .- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.  

What makes a good priest? Friendship with Jesus Christ

Mar 7, 2015 - 06:08 am .- For Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, the biggest challenges to priestly formation today can be overcome through divine friendship with Christ and the practice of Christian love.

Why a former altar girl changed her mind about boy-only servers

Feb 10, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.  

Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary

Jan 6, 2015 - 03:22 pm .- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise.

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity.  

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Nov 12, 2014 - 04:56 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful.

Young men at ordination: 'I can't imagine a better way to live'

Oct 3, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live.

Family finds hope in priestly ordination of dying seminarian

Sep 10, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- Family members of a priest who died of cancer just two days after his ordination say that his brief priesthood was an incredible blessing, for which they are grateful.    

Pope greets father of youth who died but dreamed of being priest

Aug 14, 2014 - 04:16 am .- Among the people who greeted Pope Francis at his arrival in South Korea was a father of an adolescent who wanted to be a priest but died in the country's massive ferry accident earlier this year.

Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until they have reached conclusions about their investigation.

Pope encourages priests to work in joy, brotherhood

Jun 21, 2014 - 06:01 am .- During his one day his visit to Italian town Cassano all'Jonio, Pope Francis met with the priests of the diocese, speaking of the joy of the priesthood, but also of the dangers of an individualistic culture.

Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Jun 6, 2014 - 05:22 am .- Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flock first, before pursuing a scholastic career.

Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

May 13, 2014 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the temptation to gossip and the importance of prayer.

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