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Sixteen new priests were ordained Feb. 1–2, 2024, in Seoul, South Korea.

16 priests, 25 deacons ordained in Seoul, site of World Youth Day 2027

Feb 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul recently ordained 16 new priests and 25 new deacons for the archdiocese that will... Read more

Archbishop Luis Argüello of Valladolid, Spain

Archbishop calls on consecrated to wear religious dress as a ‘revolutionary’ gesture

Sep 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Luis Argüello of Valladolid, Spain, made his remarks in a homily for a diaconal ordination, noting that deacons wear... Read more

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: The humble service of a deacon tells of the greatness of God

Jun 19, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with deacons and their families at the Vatican and encouraged them to help their parishes to recognize... Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019.

World Mission Sunday: number of Catholics continues to rise worldwide

Oct 16, 2020

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted... Read more

The Cathedral of Christ the King in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Supreme Court to hear case of former deacon suing diocese for abuse claim

Jun 8, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The Texas Supreme Court will hear the Diocese of Lubbock’s appeal of a legal decision allowing a former deacon to... Read more

New Orleans Saints defend assistance of archdiocese as disclosure

Jan 24, 2020

The New Orleans Saints have said assistance that team personnel offered to the Archdiocese of New Orleans on communications strategy... Read more

The Cathedral of Christ the King in Lubbock, Texas.

Former deacon's $1 million lawsuit challenges Texas diocese's sex abuse claim

Mar 27, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

A former Catholic deacon has charged that the Diocese of Lubbock wrongly named him on its list of clergy credibly... Read more

Survey: Religious superiors support possibility of women deacons

Aug 4, 2018

A survey of both male and female religious superiors in the U.S. found that most believe that the Church can... Read more

Antonio Jose Gonzalez, permanent deacon.

From policeman to permanent deacon – a story of service

Mar 14, 2018

Alberto José Gonzalez is a 50-year-old retired police officer, married with two daughters, who recently began his ministry as the... Read more

Deacon Tomas Garcia with his wife, Sylvia.

How this new LA deacon will serve Catholics on the margins

Jan 2, 2017

For the estimated 5,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, parish participation can be difficult.  Read more

Pope Francis prepares to greet Queen Elizabeth II at the Vatican April 3, 2014.

Pope Francis 'angry' over media slant on women deacons

Jun 27, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis told journalists on Sunday that he was somewhat angered when reports emerged that the Church was allegedly paving... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons May 29, 2016 in St. Peter's Square.

Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons

May 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis celebrated a special jubilee for deacons, telling them that a good servant is one who forgets... Read more

Pope Francis addreses members of Caritas from Italian dioceses in the Vatican' Paul VI Hall, April 21, 2016.

Pope Francis says he's open to studying the female diaconate

May 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical... 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

Deacons from the Pontifical North American College are ordained in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 4, 2012.

Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy

Oct 4, 2012

Thirty-three new deacons from Rome’s North American College were ordained Oct. 4 at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica, bringing... Read more