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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

Pilgrims pray for all cardinals and bishops who died in the last year at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 3, 2014.

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014

Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as... Read more

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

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Nov 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying... Read more

Deacon Fernando Camou of Phoenix after being ordained speaks to CNA at a reception at the North American College in Rome, Oct, 2, 2014.

Young men at ordination: 'I can't imagine a better way to live'

Oct 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems... Read more

Fr. William Carmona Lopez was ordained a deacon and priest on Sept. 8, 2014 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Northwest.

Family finds hope in priestly ordination of dying seminarian

Sep 10, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Family members of a priest who died of cancer just two days after his ordination say that his brief priesthood... Read more

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