Priestly vocations

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Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 7, 2017.

Number of foreign-born Catholic priests in Italy continues to rise

Nov 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The total number of priests has falled by 11% in the last decade. Read more

Mass in the chapel of a seminary in Poznań, western Poland, Sept. 15, 2018.

Number of new Catholic seminarians in Poland falls by nearly 20% year on year

Oct 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

In 2021, 356 seminarians began their studies. Read more

The inner courtyard of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in the Vienna Woods, Austria.

Catholic archdiocese of Vienna sees rise in seminarians

Nov 19, 2020

The archdiocese of Vienna has reported a rise in the number of men training for the priesthood.   Read more

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Francis 'would be disappointed' by focus on priestly ordination of married men

Feb 13, 2020

The Archbishop of Armagh said Thursday that the pope's apostolic exhortation on the Amazon was foremost a call to preserve... Read more

Pastor of vibrant Arkansas parish named Bishop of Shreveport

Nov 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Msgr. Francis Malone, pastor of an Arkansa parish known for having generated many priestly vocations, as... Read more

Newly ordained priests are vested during their Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a 'wrong choice'

Nov 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who served as Vicar General of Rome for 17 years and was a close collaborator of St.... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of Serra International's 75th international convention in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, June 23, 2017.

Francis urges Serrans to 'keep moving forward' promoting vocations

Jun 23, 2017

Pope Francis offered encouragement Friday to members of Serra International, which promotes religious vocations, urging them to persevere in their... Read more

Pope Francis on retreat, March 4, 2017.

Pope Francis has some ideas on how to fix the priest shortage

Mar 8, 2017

In a newly-released interview Pope Francis discussed the shortage of vocations to the priesthood, saying the first response must be... Read more