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A chat with the Philly priest who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan

Apr 26, 2016 - 06:40 am .- After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass it’s cigars smoked down to the nub.

Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

Apr 21, 2016 - 06:24 am .- A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant after his remains were found in Georgia on April 18.

This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Mar 3, 2016 - 06:43 am .- A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in Brazil.

Bizarre details emerge as 'fake priest' gets busted in LA

Feb 4, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say.

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force.

'Remember your roots': Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

Jul 8, 2015 - 11:14 am .- In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions that lead to 'spiritual Alzheimer’s.'

Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Apr 26, 2015 - 12:04 pm .- Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.

Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian

Jan 26, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues, died on Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 78.

Catholic CrossFit gym lifts Colo. priests

Sep 19, 2014 - 04:02 am .- A Catholic CrossFit gym in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is bringing a whole new meaning to redemptive suffering.  

Global Rosary Relay unites faithful in prayer for priests

Jul 6, 2014 - 01:51 pm .- Catholics throughout the world joined together on June 27 to ask for Mary’s intercession in a 24-hour rosary initiative for World Priest Day.

Young priest's murder shocks, grieves Arizona community

Jun 12, 2014 - 09:14 am .- A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night.

Ordination stats show need for greater Latino representation

May 20, 2014 - 01:10 pm .- A survey of men to be ordained in the U.S. in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the U.S. bishops still hope to increase the number of priests and specifically Hispanic priests.

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Nov 2, 2013 - 06:39 am .- In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious have said that Pope Francis is open to a reformation of the Code of Canon Law.  

Pope Francis calls faithful to deeper encounters with others

Aug 1, 2013 - 04:12 pm .- In an interview with the O Globo TV network before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis emphasized the “culture of encounter” that must characterize the Church.  

Group celebrates first ordinations since reunion with Rome

Jun 29, 2013 - 06:01 am .- For the first time since coming into clear union with the Pope, the religious institute the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer celebrated the priestly ordination of two of its members on June 22.

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Jun 26, 2013 - 04:02 am .- As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.

Religious orders receive $23 million for retirement aid

Jun 20, 2013 - 02:05 pm .- More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members this year.

Priest resigns from clergy treatment center amid allegations

May 9, 2013 - 12:01 am .- Amid allegations of financial indiscretion and an “inappropriate adult relationship,” Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault has resigned as head of a Maryland treatment center for Catholic priests and religious.

Heroic Korean War priest remembered by prison-mate

Apr 9, 2013 - 04:02 am .- A fellow prisoner of war has fondly recalled the heroism of Father Emil Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain who died in a North Korean camp and is posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor April 11.

No suspects yet in Tanzanian killing of Catholic priest

Feb 20, 2013 - 12:07 pm .- According to Paolo Taffuri, the coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, officials in Tanzania have not yet found those responsible for the recent death of a local priest.  

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