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Pope Francis ordained ten men as priests in St. Peter's Basilica on April 21, 2013.

Minister with constant joy, Pope Francis counsels new priests

Apr 21, 2013

Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests this morning, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant... Read more

Pope Francis presides over the Regina Caeli on April 21, 2013.

Ask Jesus what he wants and be brave, Pope tells youth

Apr 21, 2013

Just after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis called on young Catholics to ask Jesus “what he wants... Read more

Part of a student's letter to a seminarian. Courtesy of John Tirado, NJ State Council, Knights of Columbus.

School kids support seminarians through letter campaign

Apr 18, 2013

Catholic men studying to be priests have expressed their “deepest appreciation” for words and prayers of encouragement from grade school... Read more

Fiftieth Prayer for Vocations day to focus on hope

Apr 4, 2013

As the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations draws near, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared resources... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

Mar 28, 2013

The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they... Read more


Tanzanian bishops stress peace as murdered priest laid to rest

Feb 22, 2013

The bishops of Tanzania called on the local people to work and pray for peace after the recent murder of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI discusses Vatican II with priests from the Rome diocese on Feb. 14, 2013.

Pope: media helped spread misinterpretations of Vatican II

Feb 14, 2013

By CNA Staff

Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting... Read more

Msgr. Richard Soseman with his new book

New Vatican vocations booklet mobilizes spiritual support

Feb 1, 2013

The latest edition of a Vatican magazine aimed at increasing priestly vocations and encouraging the spiritual adoption of priests has... Read more


Colombian bishop indignant over murder of priest

Jan 18, 2013

Bishop Jose Roberto Ospina Leongomez of Buga, Colombia expressed sadness and indignation over the recent murder of one of the... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Photo

Family is the first seminary, says Archbishop Gomez

Nov 20, 2012

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said this week that Catholics need to encourage vocations to the priesthood especially... Read more

Bishops walk through St. Peter's Square on their way to synod meetings on the New Evangelization Oct. 13, 2012.

Vatican memo aims to boost priestly identity

Nov 19, 2012

In an effort to promote priestly identity, the Vatican Secretary of State has issued a letter asking clerics and religious... Read more

Fr. Isaac Vondoame stands inside the Vatican Museums during an interview with CNA.

Vatican Museums visitors happy priests are present

Sep 5, 2012

A month-long pilot project to make priests available within the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual counseling to visitors is being... Read more


Two young Cuban converts ordained as priests

Aug 17, 2012

The Diocese of Santa Clara, Cuba now has two new priests who both converted to Catholicism as teens, despite anti-Christian... Read more


Cardinal urges newly ordained to not let priestly life become routine

Aug 7, 2012

Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima exhorted a group of five newly ordained priests not allow their ministries to become mundane,... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke.

Cardinal Burke cautions against over-use of concelebration

Jul 10, 2012

Cardinal Raymond L. Burke believes that the “excessive” use of concelebration – the practice of priests saying Mass collectively –... Read more

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, presents the guidelines at the Vatican press office on June 25th, 2012

New Vatican guidelines: Parents should be careful not to block vocations

Jun 25, 2012

Parents should be careful not to block their son’s calling to the priesthood, new Vatican guidelines on promoting vocations say.  Read more

Hundreds of clergy unite to pray Rosary for world's priests

Jun 9, 2012

On June 15, as the Catholic Church celebrates both the Feast of the Sacred Heart and World Priest Day, over... Read more