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Priests concelebrate a Mass in Rome.

The Catholic Church in France will have 105 new priests in 2024

Jun 22, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Of the 105 new priests, 73 are diocesan, 16 belong to religious orders, 10 are members of communities, and two... Read more


16 men to be ordained to the priesthood in Washington, DC

Jun 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The ordinands this year include a former ER doctor, several who served in the armed forces, and a former D.C.... Read more

Sixteen new priests were ordained Feb. 1–2, 2024, in Seoul, South Korea.

16 priests, 25 deacons ordained in Seoul, site of World Youth Day 2027

Feb 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul recently ordained 16 new priests and 25 new deacons for the archdiocese that will... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, on Jan. 6, 2024, ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst waves of persecution against the Catholic Church in the country.

Ordination of 9 new priests represents hope for Church in Nicaragua

Jan 9, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst... Read more

Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags.

Vatican statistics: Africa had biggest increase in Catholics, while numbers fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared... Read more


Survey of new priests: Most pray rosary, go to eucharistic adoration, parents stayed married

Apr 26, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A survey of 450 priests-to-be shows that the overwhelming majority were raised Catholic in intact families and showed habits of... Read more


Decline in vocations to the priesthood is worse where priests serve larger flocks, report says

Mar 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The study found that there are fewer new vocations in large dioceses where priests do not have a chance to... Read more

Guadalajara Cathedral (Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady), Mexico

70 new priests ordained in one weekend in Mexican diocese

Jun 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

God continues to call, his voice is powerful and there are still young hearts willing to continue to listen to... Read more

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Priest ordained in Spanish diocese after almost 11 years without vocations

Jun 23, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

On June 20, Bishop César Franco of the Diocese of Segovia, Spain, ordained Álvaro Marín Molinera to the priesthood -... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021.

‘You will be shepherds like him’: Pope Francis ordains nine new priests in St. Peter’s Basilica

Apr 25, 2021

The pope urged the ordinands to seek “closeness” to God, their bishop, their fellow priests, and the People of God. Read more

Deacon ordained in Spanish diocese after a decade of no ordinations

Oct 29, 2020

After 10 years without an ordination, the Diocese of Segovia in Spain celebrated the diaconal ordination of Álvaro Marín, a... Read more

Diocese in Mexico ordains 34 new priests

Oct 21, 2020

On World Mission Sunday, October 18, the archbishop of Guadalajara ordained 34 new priests (33 diocesan and 1 religious) and... Read more

A Mass of diaconal ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

What can we learn from the newest priests? Encourage vocations

May 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Members of the newest priestly ordination class in the United States were closely connected to the Church growing up through... Read more

Vatican speaks out on unapproved bishop ordinations in China

Dec 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

After the recent unauthorized ordination of bishops in China, which falls just ahead of a major meeting for Chinese Catholic... Read more

Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015.

Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Apr 26, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

US sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year

Apr 10, 2015

The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of... Read more

A seminarian from the North American College lays prostrate on the ground as part of his Diaconate Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 2, 2014.

Advice to new deacons: Renew your 'yes' to God every day

Oct 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always... Read more


Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Jul 29, 2014

An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until... Read more

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Ordination stats show need for greater Latino representation

May 20, 2014

A survey of men to be ordained in the U.S. in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the... Read more

Ordinations in St. Peter's Basilica on May 11, 2014.

Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

May 11, 2014

In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of... Read more