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Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood.

'No different from the rest of us'- Priests and mental health care

Feb 15, 2020

By Perry West

After the suicide of a Missouri priest last month, psychologists talked with CNA about the issues priests can face when... Read more

KC priest Harkins remembered as a 'good man and a good priest'

Jan 28, 2020

Catholics in Missouri and across the country remembered Fr. Evan Harkins Tuesday as a good priest, and urged prayer for... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

In a de-Christianized world, priests should be pillars of faith, Pope Francis says

Dec 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Priests should strive after a strong relationship with Christ, beginning in seminary, in order to be the guides in faith... Read more

Missionary: Married priests in Amazon wouldn't get to the root of the problem

Oct 15, 2019

A South American missionary to Angola who is participating in the Amazon Synod at the invitation of the pope has... Read more

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

Cardinal Sarah reflects on the meaning of the priesthood

Sep 29, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Robert Sarah reflected on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the meaning of the priesthood in... Read more

Pope Francis with priests.

Francis urges priests to be faithful in time of 'ecclesial purification'

Aug 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification... Read more

Raphael's The School of Athens (1511)

Why do priests study philosophy?

Jul 26, 2019

Philosophy does not teach its students the Bible. It does not teach one how to minister to a congregation. It... Read more

Thousands of priests gather in St. Peter's sqaure on June 3, 2016.

DC priest: celibacy allows a priest to give himself for others

Jul 17, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA... Read more

Fr. David Burgard participates in "Priests in the Park."

'Priests in the Park' offer public witness of confession, Catholicism in Michigan

Jul 3, 2019

Dog walkers, bike riders, joggers, and Catholics priests hearing confession - most of these things you can find in any... Read more

Global Rosary Relay aims at 1 billion Hail Marys for priests

Jun 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Global Rosary Relay aims to have 1 billion Hail Marys said for the sanctification of priests June 28, the... Read more

Fr. Michel Los was ordained in a Warsaw hospital a few weeks before his death.

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

Jun 17, 2019

A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday.  Read more

 Michel Los, a young priest with terminal cancer at a military hospital in Warsaw, Poland.

Facing terminal cancer, Polish man ordained priest in hospital bed

May 28, 2019

May is ordination month in many dioceses, but the ordination of Fr. Michal Los, FDP, a member of the Orionine... Read more

From Left: Fr. Dan Samide, Fr. Rich Samide, Fr. Anthony Simone, Fr. Patrick Schultz, Fr. Jeff Barnish, Fr. Ryan Mann, Fr. Ryan Cubera. Photo courtesy of St. Mary's Catholic Church Life Teen group.

7 priests ordained in 7 years: What's the 'secret sauce' at this Ohio parish?

May 26, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Starting in 2013, and every year since for the past seven years, one young man from the parish of St.... Read more

Deacon Drake McCalister, his family, and Bishop Jeffrey Montforton. Courtesy photo.

Deacon Drake: From Pentecostal preacher to Catholic priest

May 14, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Deacon Drake McCalister is many things that most men about to become Catholic priests are not.  Read more

ope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood.

Who are the new priests of 2019?

May 12, 2019

By Mary Farrow

This year, 481 men in the United States will kneel in cathedral churches and be ordained as Catholic priests for... Read more

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix.

Bishop Olmsted sees 'renewal' in priestly formation, despite scandal

May 9, 2019

Despite the scandals of clerical sexual abuse that the Catholic Church has suffered in past decades, the Church in the... Read more

Dominican scholar: Church crisis calls for renewal of Catholic teaching on freedom

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a Dominican scholar, the crisis of priestly fidelity is connected to a new cultural conception of human freedom... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis: Like holy oil, priests must pour themselves out for others

Apr 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The holy oil blessed at the Chrism Mass is a reminder of the priest’s call to be close to the... Read more

A memorial to Irish priests who have served in Wyoming.

The last Irish priest in Wyoming

Apr 6, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

“I am the last F.B.I.: foreign-born Irish,” Father Tom Sheridan, a retired priest of the Cheyenne diocese, told CNA.  Read more

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi is ordained July 2 by Bishop José Ignacio Munilla.

Questions from agnostic friend lead Spanish man to the priesthood

Dec 27, 2018

Fr. Juan Pablo Aroztegi became the youngest priest in the diocese of San Sebastian, Spain, when he was ordained last... Read more