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Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, on Jan. 6, 2024, ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst waves of persecution against the Catholic Church in the country.

Ordination of 9 new priests represents hope for Church in Nicaragua

Jan 9, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst... Read more

Pope Francis

Pope Francis celebrates 54 years as a priest

Dec 13, 2023

By CNA Staff

On Dec. 13, 1969, just four days before his 33rd birthday, Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who today is Pope... Read more

Father Alexis Oser.

After nine years without ordinations, Argentine diocese has a new priest. Here’s his story

May 14, 2023

By Julieta Villar

After nine years without priestly ordinations, the Diocese of Alto Valle de Río Negro in Argentina celebrated the ordination of... Read more


Legionaries of Christ to ordain 32 new priests in 2023

Mar 19, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

The soon-to-be new priests come from Germany, Colombia, Chile, South Korea, Canada, Brazil, El Salvador, Spain, the United States, Italy,... Read more

Father Michael Mithamo King’ori embraces Archbishop Anthony Muheria during his Jan. 14, 2023, ordination Mass.

First-ever blind Catholic priest in Kenya is ordained

Jan 17, 2023

By Magdalene Kahiu

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri reflected on the Jan. 14 ordination to the priesthood of Father... Read more

A crowd accompanied Nathanael Alberione in his ordination on Nov. 21, 2022.

He was in a coma for 50 days due to COVID and was just ordained a priest

Nov 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Nathanael Alberione was ordained a priest Nov. 21, after he became so sick with COVID that he didn't think he... Read more

Priestly ordination.

2020 priest ordination class is slightly smaller, more diverse, survey finds

Apr 24, 2020

A survey of the 2020 priestly ordination class was published by the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference (USCCB) on Thursday, a... Read more

A priest wears a crucifix at the residence of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith April 30, 2019.

Despite ongoing threats, ordination Mass takes place in Sri Lanka

Apr 30, 2019

As most Catholic churches remain closed across Sri Lanka, following the Easter bombings that claimed more than 250 lives, one... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane to returning from Bangladesh Dec. 2, 2017.

Pope says he is against making priestly celibacy optional in the Latin rite

Jan 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Monday he is opposed to the idea of optional priestly celibacy in the Latin rite, and he... Read more