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Seminarians at Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna state where four students were kidnapped and one, Michael Nnadi, was killed in 2020.

Nigerian Christians are being martyred — here’s how it’s affecting seminary formation

Jan 26, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

There is an emerging spirituality in Nigerian seminaries and monasteries that many may find difficult to grasp: the spirituality of... Read more


‘No fear’ among Spanish bishops over upcoming meeting with Pope Francis about seminaries

Nov 27, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The spokesman for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference said that “there is no fear” among the bishops regarding their upcoming meeting... Read more


Some U.S. seminaries report surge in enrollments even as nationwide numbers remain flat

Aug 12, 2023

By Daniel Payne

What’s driving localized spikes in seminarian enrollment, and can it be replicated elsewhere? Read more

Pope Francis meets with rectors and formators from Latin America at the Vatican Nov. 10, 2022.

‘Priestly formation at the heart of evangelization,’ Pope Francis tells seminary rectors

Nov 10, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Speaking to rectors and formators from Latin America Nov. 10, the pontiff called priest vocations “a gift of God to... Read more

Pope Francis reads during the Vespers service on July 28, 2022, at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec in Québec, Canada.

‘Don't we have a place in the Church?’: Read pope’s response to Argentine priest on seminary's closure

Jul 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope's letter sheds light on the Vatican's controversial closure of one of Argentina's top seminaries. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the editorship of the theological magazine La Scuola Cattolica at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, June 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: Candidates for the priesthood must be well scrutinized

Jun 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking to seminary formators from the Milan archdiocese. Read more

The damaged statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Major Theological Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Vorzel, Ukraine.

‘A blow from the devil’: Shattered Fatima statue found in Ukrainian Catholic seminary occupied by Russians

Apr 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This affair struck me as very unusual,’ said seminary rector Father Ruslan Mikhalkiv. Read more

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee.

Transgender students 'unknowingly' admitted to Catholic seminaries, archbishop warns

Sep 29, 2021

By Christine Rousselle, Joe Bukuras

Bishops should consider requiring DNA tests or physical examinations to ensure that all seminarians are biological men, said Archbishop Jerome... Read more

St. John's Seminary, Boston

Catholic seminaries requiring vaccines, with exemptions, for fall semester

Aug 11, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic seminaries in the northeast are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for their seminarians before the coming semester begins.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Italian bishops' conference meeting in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis encourages Italian bishops as the conference begins ‘synodal journey’

May 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope gave unscripted remarks as he opened the Italian bishops’ spring assembly on May 24, speaking to a conference... Read more

Protests Nov. 1 in San Rafael, Argentina.

New protests over closure of seminary in Argentina

Nov 3, 2020

Demonstrators this weekend protested the Vatican-ordered closure of Mary Mother of God Seminary in San Rafael, Argentina.  Read more