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Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

May 11, 2014 - 06:38 am .- In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of Confession.

New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Apr 16, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.”

'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Apr 15, 2014 - 07:21 am .- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations.

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.”

Pope lauds 'bravery' of those anointed by God

Jan 27, 2014 - 06:52 am .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing that it marks their role of service to the Church, which we should be grateful for.

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Jan 11, 2014 - 10:44 am .- Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Dec 3, 2013 - 10:18 am .- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces.

Church is 'depository' of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Nov 20, 2013 - 05:44 am .- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility.”

Rome program aims to better priests' engagement with media

Nov 20, 2013 - 02:03 am .- In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a hands-on workshop in social communications.

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Nov 11, 2013 - 06:04 am .- A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant in the Church today in order to give new ardor to their pastoral ministry.

Video highlights seminarians, priestly vocations in Los Angeles

Nov 4, 2013 - 04:25 pm .- As seminary enrollments continue to rise, the Los Angeles archdiocese has released a vocational video titled “Follow Me: Journeys to Priesthood,” telling the stories of many seminarians discerning a call to priesthood.

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:12 pm .- Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood.

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero's welcome at school

Aug 1, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with cheers from his classmates when school resumed on July 30.

Arizona hermitage to foster deep prayer, priestly renewal

Jun 25, 2013 - 04:02 am .- Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has established a local house of prayer for priests, where they can come for solitude with Christ and renew themselves for their ministry to the people of God.

Global rosary relay to encourage prayer for priests

May 21, 2013 - 02:04 am .- The Global Rosary Relay for Priests’ fourth annual event will take place this June 7, providing an opportunity for worldwide prayer to support priests in their ministry.

Legion priest seeks to leave ministry to care for child

May 14, 2013 - 01:56 pm .- Prominent U.S. priest Father Thomas Williams has asked Pope Francis to dispense him from his priestly obligations in order to care for the child he fathered and the child's mother.

Ohio priest dies of cancer two days after ordination

May 10, 2013 - 04:22 pm .- Father Scott R. Carroll, ordained a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, on May 8, died of cancer two days later after battling the disease for some time.

Worldliness poses danger to priestly identity, Pope says

Apr 27, 2013 - 04:05 pm .- The biggest threat to priests is the temptation to be more immersed in the world than the Gospel, says Pope Francis in his newly translated book.

Minister with constant joy, Pope Francis counsels new priests

Apr 21, 2013 - 07:48 am .- Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests this morning, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant joy and genuine love.”

Ask Jesus what he wants and be brave, Pope tells youth

Apr 21, 2013 - 06:22 am .- Just after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis called on young Catholics to ask Jesus “what he wants from you and be brave!”

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