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French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

Dawn Eden Goldstein graduating with her Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

Why does this woman want to teach priests?

Jun 10, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Dawn Eden Goldstein isn’t trying to be a priest.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 13, 2016.

What Pope Francis wants the world's priests to know

Jun 2, 2016

Pope Francis spoke candidly to thousands of priests this week during a special retreat for the Year of Mercy. The... Read more

Father Stephen McDermott surveys the landscape in Afghanistan, where he served for the last year, earning the Army's Bronze Star.

A chat with the Philly priest who earned a Bronze Star in Afghanistan

Apr 26, 2016

After Mass at a typical parish, it’s fellowship over coffee and donuts. But for troops stationed in Afghanistan, after Mass... Read more

Florida diocese mourns loss of priest in apparent murder

Apr 21, 2016

A Florida priest who went missing last week has been lauded by his diocese as a humble and generous servant... Read more

Friar Roberto.

This 95-year-old priest walked three miles while hearing confessions

Mar 3, 2016

A 95-year-old priest named Friar Roberto walked more than three-and-a-half miles while hearing confessions during a recent “Penitential Walk” in... Read more

Erwin Mena. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department

Bizarre details emerge as 'fake priest' gets busted in LA

Feb 4, 2016

By Mary Farrow

For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police... Read more

Recording studio via Unsplash.

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015

By Jan Bentz, Mary Farrow

Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the crowds gathered at the Quito Cathedral in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

'Remember your roots': Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

Jul 8, 2015

In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions... Read more

Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26, 2015.

Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock

Apr 26, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against... Read more

Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian

Jan 26, 2015

Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues,... Read more

Divine Mercy Crossfit in Denver, Colorado.

Catholic CrossFit gym lifts Colo. priests

Sep 19, 2014

By Kate Veik

A Catholic CrossFit gym in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is bringing a whole new meaning to redemptive suffering.    Read more

Global Rosary Relay unites faithful in prayer for priests

Jul 6, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Catholics throughout the world joined together on June 27 to ask for Mary’s intercession in a 24-hour rosary initiative for... Read more

Young priest's murder shocks, grieves Arizona community

Jun 12, 2014

A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night.  Read more

Ordination to the priesthood.

Ordination stats show need for greater Latino representation

May 20, 2014

A survey of men to be ordained in the U.S. in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the... Read more

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Archbishop of Brasilia, leaves Paul VI Hall.

Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

Nov 2, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on July 7, 2013.

Pope Francis calls faithful to deeper encounters with others

Aug 1, 2013

In an interview with the O Globo TV network before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis emphasized the “culture of encounter” that... Read more

Ordination at the Fraternity of St. Peter's Roman Parish, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini in Rome, Italy. June 22, 2013.

Group celebrates first ordinations since reunion with Rome

Jun 29, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

For the first time since coming into clear union with the Pope, the religious institute the Sons of the Most... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack leveled on the city on June 11, 2012.

Facing risk of death, Syrian priests remain faithful

Jun 26, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as... Read more

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Religious orders receive $23 million for retirement aid

Jun 20, 2013

More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members... Read more