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He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he's a bishop

Jun 28, 2016 - 03:44 pm .- In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He landed as a refugee in a foreign land.

Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016 - 06:22 am .- On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy priesthood and for Pope Francis' “goodness,” which he said moves him deeply.

Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:00 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.

Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:13 pm .- On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he will commemorate in a special ceremony with Pope Francis inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace.

How to be a good shepherd – Pope Francis' guide for priests

Jun 3, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are most distant from God, in imitation of the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 18, 2016 - 12:25 am .- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.

Pro-soccer player turned priest reunites with fans in Chile

May 17, 2016 - 06:04 am .- With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently with the faithful, friends and fans – not as a soccer star, but as a priest.

Pope off-the-cuff to priests, religious: indifference makes God vomit

Nov 26, 2015 - 08:08 am .- Pope Francis tossed his prepared remarks aside for a meeting with Kenyan priests, religious and seminarians, telling them that if anything disgusts God, it’s the attitude of indifference.

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.  

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