Priesthood

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Father Luis Enrique Guillén.

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, June 25, 2016.

Pope Francis compares the life of a priest to the mysteries of the rosary

Dec 10, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told seminarians on Saturday that praying the rosary can “unveil the mysteries of the priesthood” in its moments... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to seminarians at the Vatican, Oct. 26, 2022

Pope Francis warns seminarians that the vice of pornography ‘weakens the soul’

Oct 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis warned seminarians this week about how the vice of digital pornography “weakens the priestly heart.” Read more

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Major survey of Catholic priests finds trust issues, burnout, fear of false allegations

Oct 19, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The study claims to be the largest national survey of Catholic priests conducted in more than 50 years. Read more

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Soccer manager turned priest shares message of peace ahead of World Cup playoffs

Oct 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father David Jasso appealed to players and fans to remember “that sports and soccer are also a gift from God.” Read more

Cardinal Lazarus You Heung-sik

New cardinal and clergy chief: ‘My role is to encourage priests’

Aug 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A new cardinal and the Vatican’s prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy said his role is to encourage priests... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, May 7, 2017.

What is a Catholic priest? A new documentary asks the question.

Jun 24, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks at a Vatican press conference presenting the 2021 World Mission Day, Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle: Evangelization isn't complicated, it's 'a conversation about Jesus'

Feb 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Tagle gave the closing remarks at a three-day Vatican conference on the theology of the priesthood. Read more

Pope Francis addresses the International Theological Symposium on the Priesthood at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Feb. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis gives personal reflection on 52 years of priesthood

Feb 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He suggested the speech might be the ‘swan song’ of his priestly life. Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Vatican symposium to explore relationship between priests and laity

Feb 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has organized the meeting. Read more

Thomas Sternberg and Bishop Georg Bätzing at the Synodal Way’s second Synodal Assembly in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021.

Spanish theologian warns German Synodal Way poses great danger to the Church

Jan 21, 2022

By David Ramos

Spanish theologian Fr. José Antonio Fortea has warned of what he calls the serious danger to the Catholic Church posed... Read more

Landry Weber, a K-State player who is discerning and intends to enter seminary.

K-State football player plans to enter seminary

Jan 7, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Landry Weber, a 23-year-old wide receiver for Kansas State University’s football team, will soon be going “pro” in something very... Read more

What is it that God is calling you to do with your life?

Taking time to ask, 'What is God's will?'

Dec 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Discerning your vocation is about more than pursuing a celibate vocation alone, said Father Ryan O’Neill, director of vocations for... Read more

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Catholic priests survey finds lower morale, 'conservative shift' among U.S. clergy

Nov 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A new survey released this month suggests a more “pessimistic” view of the Catholic Church among U.S. priests today as... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019.

Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said. Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which hosted the attempted ordination of Anne Tropeano Oct. 16, 2021.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after... Read more

Father Tom Colucci.

How 9/11 led a first responder to the priesthood

Sep 11, 2021

By Kate Olivera, Jonah McKeown

Father Tom Colucci says he actually sees a lot of similarities between the priesthood and the fire service. Read more

Concerns raised about using surveillance technology to track clergy

Jul 19, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

The prospect of private parties using national security-style surveillance technology to track the movements and activities of Catholic bishops, priests,... Read more

Father Matthew Breslin blesses his sister, Sr. Mary Strength of Martyrs, shortly after his May 29, 2021 ordination.

New priest blesses his sister, a nun: 'It's been a real privilege and a joy'

Jun 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

It is customary for a newly-ordained priest to impart a first blessing. For Father Matthew Breslin, who was ordained May... Read more