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The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Mar 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the seminarians of the Diocese of Agrigento during their meeting in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, Nov. 24, 2018.

Pope Francis says priests, bishops should keep an open dialogue

Nov 26, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a meeting with seminarians Saturday, Pope Francis said it is necessary for priests to maintain an open and filial... Read more

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What is it like to be an underground Chinese seminarian?

Nov 24, 2018

Wang Jie (a fictional name) is a deacon belonging to the Chinese underground Church. He has spent several years studying... Read more

President's Hall, Seton Hall University.

Seton Hall president condemns student harassment of seminarians

Oct 25, 2018

Dr. Mary Meehan, interim president of Seton Hall University, has issued a strongly-worded letter to the campus community following numerous... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.

Cardinal O’Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries

Oct 12, 2018

The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its... Read more

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Toronto cardinal exhorts priests to 'become fire'

Sep 27, 2018

A Canadian cardinal has a provocative message for priests, bishops, and seminarians struggling to attain holiness: “You must become fire.”  Read more

Mexican seminarians launch evangelization project for the deaf  

Aug 26, 2018

Two seminarians in Mexico have launched a project on Facebook to offer evangelization and pastoral ministry tools for the deaf.  Read more

Stations of the Cross at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rome.

How American seminarians in Rome celebrate Holy Week

Mar 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

For American seminarians at the Pontifical North American college in Rome, Holy Week liturgies take on new life and dimension,... Read more

Pope Francis greets locals at the Nunciature in Lima, Peru on January 19, 2018.

Do not become 'professionals of the sacred,' Pope tells Peruvian priests, religious

Jan 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis met with Peruvian priests and religious Saturday, telling them that a sense of humor is a good remedy... Read more

Indigenous Peruvians.

Indigenous Peruvian seminarian eager to see Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2018

Demetrio Sanchez, a 20-year-old indigenous Peruvian seminarian, is eager to see Pope Francis when he visits Puerto Maldonado on Thursday.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Vocations that only seek to 'climb the ladder' are dead, Pope says

Sep 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday, Pope Francis told Colombia's priests and religious that vocations come from a variety of different backgrounds and flourish... Read more

Beer. Public domain.

Welsh pub renames beer after seminarian mix-up

Aug 7, 2017

How does a pub make up for mistakenly trying to kick out a group of celebrating seminarians? By naming a... Read more

Clericus Cup Final between Pontifical Urban College and the Pontifical Gregorian University on May 27, 2017.

Vatican soccer champs dedicate victory to Coptic Christians

May 31, 2017

Upon winning the Vatican's annual soccer championship last week, the victorious team honored Christians in Egypt who have faced increasingly... Read more

Eucharist.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

May 22, 2017

Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014?.

Pope to seminarians: Let Mary help you fall in love with Jesus

May 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with priests and seminarians from the Portuguese College in Rome, asking them to allow Mary to bring... Read more

Seminarian.

From Yale to the seminary: a neuroscientist's story

Apr 4, 2017

Jaime Maldonado-Aviles thought that he would be spending his life behind microscopes at Yale as a neuroscientist. But his life... Read more

We're all responsible for seminarians, African bishop says

Mar 23, 2017

Priestly formation isn't a just a job for the rector – it's a responsibility shared between the entire Christian community... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in Krakow July 30, 2016.

Life isn't black and white – teach priests to discern the gray, Pope says

Aug 25, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a conversation with members of the Jesuit order from Poland, Pope Francis said the real life situations of everyday... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

Campaign will help 1,000 seminarians in honor of murdered French priest

Aug 10, 2016

A Catholic charity is launching a campaign to support the studies of 1,000 seminarians around the world in honor of... Read more