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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

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passes through the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015.

Here's how Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary as a priest

Jun 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

On June 29 Benedict XVI will celebrate the 65th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood – a milestone he... Read more

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

How to be a good shepherd – Pope Francis' guide for priests

Jun 3, 2016

Pope Francis emphasized that priests must be joyful, stubborn shepherds who take risks and seek out even those who are... Read more

Destroyed buildings in Homs, Syria.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 17, 2016

Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he... Read more

Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck. Photo

Pro-soccer player turned priest reunites with fans in Chile

May 17, 2016

With a Mass celebrated in the chapel where he used to pray, former soccer star Chase Hilgenbrinck was reunited recently... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to priests, religious and seminarians at St. Mary's school in Nairobi Nov. 26, 2015.

Pope off-the-cuff to priests, religious: indifference makes God vomit

Nov 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis tossed his prepared remarks aside for a meeting with Kenyan priests, religious and seminarians, telling them that if... Read more

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

Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies

Jul 16, 2015

In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds at the airport of La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2015.

Let us be grateful witnesses of God's mercy, Pope says

Jul 9, 2015

Christ gave sight to a blind beggar whom others ignored. For Pope Francis, this bears an important lesson for Christians... Read more

Fr. Salvatore Mellone says Mass on the day of his priestly ordination, April 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Trani-Barletta-Bisceglie.

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Jun 30, 2015

The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have... Read more

Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says... Read more

Bishop David Kagan on May 20 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck.

What does four decades as a priest look like? One bishop shares his story

May 28, 2015

By Hillary Mast

On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his... 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

Brett Haubrich with Archbishop Carlson of St. Louis.

Young boy lives dream of 'being a priest' for a day

Apr 9, 2015

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped one young boy to live his dream by experiencing, in part,... Read more

Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015

Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he... Read more

Concelebration of Mass at Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

What makes a good priest? Friendship with Jesus Christ

Mar 7, 2015

For Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, the biggest challenges to priestly formation today can be overcome through divine friendship with... Read more

Altar servers.

Why a former altar girl changed her mind about boy-only servers

Feb 10, 2015

By Kate Veik

When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.    Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, blesses a new building at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary

Jan 6, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in... Read more