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Facing large decline in priest numbers, an Irish diocese preps for change

Mar 29, 2017

In one Irish diocese, the number of active priests may halve in fewer than 15 years. As a result, Bishop... Read more

Pope Francis greets a local priest during his visit to the

Don't fret about numbers, but your mission, Pope tells Milan religious

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

During his daytrip to Milan Saturday, Pope Francis told the diocese’s priests and religious not to fear the challenges that... Read more

Pope Francis addresses priests of the Diocese of Rome at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, March 2, 2017.

Pope Francis to Rome's priests: Imitate Saint Peter's faith

Mar 2, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met Thursday with priests of the Diocese of Rome, delivering a lengthy meditation on St. Peter and his... Read more

Fr. Donald Calloway. Screenshot.

He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he's a Catholic priest.

Dec 22, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories.    Read more

Philip Mulryne.

Former Manchester United footballer to be a Dominican priest

Dec 20, 2016

You might have heard of Phil Mulryne, a Manchester United footballer who's shared the field with David Beckham and brought... Read more

Who was that priest praying the rosary at the Army-Navy game?

Dec 15, 2016

By Matt Hadro

You might have seen an Army chaplain devoutly praying the rosary on the sideline during Saturday's Army-Navy football game. Who... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 18, 2015.

In stressing error of clericalism, Francis calls for humble priests

Dec 13, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his homily at Mass Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke harshly about what he considers one of the great dangers of... Read more

Fr. Aloysius Schmitt. Courtesy of Loras College.

Pearl Harbor priest identified 75 years later

Dec 8, 2016

When Archbishop Michael Jackels lifted the chalice during the consecration at a memorial Mass on Oct. 8 in Dubuque, Iowa,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the International Congress of vocation ministry in Vatican City, Oct. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Where are vocations from? An encounter with God

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to promoting vocations in the Church, Pope Francis said it all begins with an encounter with God... Read more

Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg made a video about why he loves priests

Oct 5, 2016

In an online video, actor Mark Wahlberg said that he will be praying for vocations to the priesthood, which he... Read more

Body of third priest kidnapped in Mexico found

Sep 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes,... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica.

Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Sep 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide... Read more

Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar celebrates his first Mass, Aug. 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mbumba Prosper, CICM.

This is Mongolia's first native priest: Father Joseph Enkh Baatar

Aug 30, 2016

On Sunday Mongolia witnessed the ordination of its first indigenous priest, Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar, a 29-year-old man who represents... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015.

Number of German priest ordinations plummets to new low

Aug 18, 2016

Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined... Read more

Father Francisco Rencoret.

Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 16, 2016

A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

Campaign will help 1,000 seminarians in honor of murdered French priest

Aug 10, 2016

A Catholic charity is launching a campaign to support the studies of 1,000 seminarians around the world in honor of... Read more

Roni Salim Momika is ordained a priest in Erbil's Aishty camp for the displaced Aug. 5, 2016. Courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Aug 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned... Read more

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, June 16, 2016.

He escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, and now he's a bishop

Jun 28, 2016

In the 1970s, a teenager boarded a boat to escape the cruelty of war in his homeland of Vietnam. He... Read more

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI June 28, 2016 for the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Benedict XVI to Francis: 'your goodness is a place where I feel protected'

Jun 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday, Benedict XVI gave his second public speech since his final day as Pope, expressing gratitude for a lengthy... Read more

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016.

Priests in Rome get a surprise visit from Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to... Read more