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Priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Wichita, May 26, 2018.

What’s the secret sauce in Wichita’s vocations boom?

Jun 7, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice about how a... Read more

Archbishop Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015.

Commentary: Archbishop Ladaria and the transgender movement

May 30, 2018

By Ed Condon

This week Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued (another) definitive statement on... Read more

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

CDF prefect: That only men can be priests is 'definitive'

May 30, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The teaching of the Catholic Church on the impossibility of ordaining women to the priesthood, now or in the future,... Read more

Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa.

Catholic priest in DRC quarantined as Ebola outbreak continues

May 25, 2018

A Catholic priest has contracted the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid a continuing outbreak that began... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Italian bishops' conference in the Vatican's Synod Hall, May 21 2018.

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

May 24, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis reportedly spoke about the number and quality of seminary... Read more

Fr. Tolton.

Runaway slave-turned-priest moves closer to beatification

May 12, 2018

The first African American priest in the U.S. could become the country’s first African American saint as his cause took... Read more

Pope Francis says the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on March 29, 2018.

A good priest makes Christ present to his people, Pope says at Chrism Mass

Mar 29, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

At his annual Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis said that a good priest is one who is close... Read more

Pope Francis addresses priests and religious at the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 16, 2018.

Admit your wounds and receive mercy, Pope tells Chilean priests, religious

Jan 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Tuesday that even amid the pain which results from sinfulness, the Church can still serve the world... Read more

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The story of an underground Catholic priest in China

Nov 17, 2017

Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in... Read more

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Despite reports, Pope Francis isn’t opening the door to all married priests

Nov 5, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Pope Francis has reportedly said he will allow for debate as to whether married men could be ordained to the... Read more

Outside a homeless shelter.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man's journey to priesthood

Aug 25, 2017

Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol... Read more

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Arlington priest reveals former KKK membership, takes voluntary leave of absence

Aug 22, 2017

An Arlington priest revealed Monday that he was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan before converting while in... Read more

Priests and bishops at the canonization Mass of the Martins, Fr. Grossi, and Sister Maria on October 18, 2015 in St. Peter's Square.

An answer to prayers: priestly ordinations reach new peak in Scotland

Jul 10, 2017

Twelve men are set to be ordained priests in Scotland this year, a 20-year high that Catholic leaders credited to... Read more

Fr. Philip Mulryne, OP, is ordained a priest by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia at a July 8 Mass in Dublin.

Ordained a priest, former Manchester United footballer's goal is Christ

Jul 10, 2017

Former Irish soccer pro Philip Mulryne was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, on Saturday.  Read more

Priests celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Jul 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  Read more

A Mass of diaconal ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 1, 2015.

Could priests be incardinated into ecclesial movements?

Jun 13, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The last meeting of the head of dicasteries of the Roman Curia took place last May 29. Among other issues,... Read more

A priest walks through St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

Jun 1, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he... Read more

Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood May 7, 2017.

Pope urges new priests to serve with joy, never sadness

May 7, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood, telling them to imitate Jesus in every aspect of their... Read more

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Pope Francis dismisses from clerical state priest who stole $300k

Apr 12, 2017

Pope Francis has dismissed a New Hampshire priest from the clerical state, after the priest was convicted of stealing some... Read more

Priests in green vestments celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilic a on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Apr 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  Read more