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Pope Francis arrives in Seoul, South Korea August 14, 2014.

Pope greets father of youth who died but dreamed of being priest

Aug 14, 2014

Among the people who greeted Pope Francis at his arrival in South Korea was a father of an adolescent who... Read more


Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Jul 29, 2014

An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014.

Pope encourages priests to work in joy, brotherhood

Jun 21, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his one day his visit to Italian town Cassano all'Jonio, Pope Francis met with the priests of the diocese,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday General Audience May 21, 2014.

Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Jun 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014.

Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

May 12, 2014

In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the... Read more

Ordinations in St. Peter's Basilica on May 11, 2014.

Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

May 11, 2014

In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches at St. Columba's Church on Feb. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Apr 16, 2014

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need... Read more

Fr. Frans van der Lugt. Courtesy: Wael Salibi.

'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Apr 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive... Read more

Pope Francis lays his hands on Bishop Fernando Vergez during his episcopal ordination in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 15, 2013

Pope lauds 'bravery' of those anointed by God

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Pope: Good priests have living relationship with Jesus Christ

Jan 11, 2014

Pope Francis' homily on Saturday morning offered a strong exhortation to priests to remain faithful to their relationship with Jesus... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Francis and Benedict linked in call for joyful priests

Dec 3, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Church is 'depository' of God’s forgiveness, Pope says

Nov 20, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his... Read more

Rome program aims to better priests' engagement with media

Nov 20, 2013

In an effort to equip future priests to better encounter the mass media, one seminary in Rome now provides a... Read more

Msgr. Figueiredo speaks with CNA in Rome on Nov. 8 2013.

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Nov 11, 2013

By Elise Harris

A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant... Read more

Video highlights seminarians, priestly vocations in Los Angeles

Nov 4, 2013

As seminary enrollments continue to rise, the Los Angeles archdiocese has released a vocational video titled “Follow Me: Journeys to... Read more

Fr. Paulo and Fr. Felipe Lizama are twin brothers and Catholic priests in Chile. Photo courtesy of Fr. Lizama.

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Aug 16, 2013

Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors... Read more

Pope Francis embraces, cries with Nathan during WYD.

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero's welcome at school

Aug 1, 2013

The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with... Read more

Fr. Eugene Florea stands in front of the newly built hermitages.

Arizona hermitage to foster deep prayer, priestly renewal

Jun 25, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has established a local house of prayer for priests, where they can come for... Read more

Monsignor Ralph Heskett leading the Rosary with Blessed Sacrament exposed on June 15, 2012.

Global rosary relay to encourage prayer for priests

May 21, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The Global Rosary Relay for Priests’ fourth annual event will take place this June 7, providing an opportunity for worldwide... Read more