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He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he's a Catholic priest.

Oct 15, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories.  

Mark Wahlberg made a video about why he loves priests

Oct 5, 2016 - 12:07 pm .- In an online video, actor Mark Wahlberg said that he will be praying for vocations to the priesthood, which he deeply values because of the role that priests have played in his own life.

Body of third priest kidnapped in Mexico found

Sep 26, 2016 - 07:21 am .- Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found.

Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Sep 16, 2016 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide – apply whether or not the man was Catholic at the time the act occurred.

This is Mongolia's first native priest: Father Joseph Enkh Baatar

Aug 30, 2016 - 04:47 pm .- On Sunday Mongolia witnessed the ordination of its first indigenous priest, Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar, a 29-year-old man who represents the first fruits of 24 years of missionary work in the east Asian country.

Number of German priest ordinations plummets to new low

Aug 18, 2016 - 03:15 pm .- Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined the clergy in 2015, according to official figures published by the German Episcopal Conference this week.

Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who knew Father Francisco Rencoret remembered him.

Campaign will help 1,000 seminarians in honor of murdered French priest

Aug 10, 2016 - 06:06 am .- A Catholic charity is launching a campaign to support the studies of 1,000 seminarians around the world in honor of a French priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers while celebrating Mass two weeks ago.

New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Aug 8, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland.

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 โ€“ 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.

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