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Pope Francis speaking to seminarians at the Vatican, Oct. 26, 2022 | Vatican media

The Vice of Pornography "weakens the soul", Pope Francis Cautions Seminarians

Oct 26, 2022

Pope Francis warned seminarians this week about how the vice of digital pornography “weakens the priestly heart.”

A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, May 7, 2017. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

What is a Catholic priest? A New Documentary Asks the Question

Jun 24, 2022

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they reflect on their vocations and the role of the priest in Catholic theology and spiritual life.

Bishop John Ryan speaking at the launch of the national preparations for Vocations Sunday that was spearheaded by the Pontifical Missionary Society (PMS) in Malawi. Credit: ECM

Consider “call to Priesthood, the vineyard is huge”: Catholic Bishops in Malawi to Youth

Mar 26, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Malawi are inviting the youth in the Southern African nation to consider devoting their life to God’s service as Priests.

Pope Francis addresses the International Theological Symposium on the Priesthood at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Feb. 17, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Gives Personal Reflection on His More Than 52 Years of Priesthood

Feb 17, 2022

He suggested the speech might be the ‘swan song’ of his priestly life.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. | Franco Origlio/Getty Images News.

Vatican Symposium to Explore Relationship Between Priests and Laity

Feb 9, 2022

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, has organized the meeting.

Rectors of Seminaries in the IMBISA region. Credit: ACI Africa

Human Formation “very foundational” in Training of Future Priests: Rector in South Africa

Nov 28, 2021

Human formation is quite critical in the training of candidates for the Priesthood in the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019. Evandro Inetti/CNA

In New Book, Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal Calls Catholic Priests to Spiritual Renewal

Nov 18, 2021

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said.

The sis newly ordained Priests in Ghana's Diocese of Ho.  Credit: Depsocom, Ho Diocese.

Be Leaders, Guides of God’s People: Catholic Bishop in Ghana to New Priests at Ordination

Nov 2, 2021

During the ordination of six Deacons to the Priesthood in Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Ho, the ordaining Bishop invited those to become Priests to strive for leadership that seeks to guides the people of God entrusted to their care. 

Tanzanian Cardinal Gets Presidential Award on His 50th Anniversary of Priestly Service

Jun 21, 2021

On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee of Priestly service on Sunday, June 20, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo of Tanzania was recognized by the President of the East African nation for fostering peace and unity and “relationships among different faiths.”

Pope Francis with French Priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on 7 June 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis to Priests: Weakness is a Chance for Encounter with God

Jun 7, 2021

Pope Francis told a group of young French priests on Monday that weakness is a chance for encounter with God, and not something they should try to overcome by their own strength.

Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Kenya's Eldoret Diocese during the ordination Mass at the Mother of Apostles Seminary on 23 April 2021

Newly Ordained Priests in Kenya Cautioned against Prioritizing Money in Ministry

Apr 23, 2021

The Bishop of Kenya’s Diocese of Eldoret has, on the occasion of the ordination of nine deacons to the Priesthood, cautioned them against the tendency to prioritize money in their Priestly ministry, encouraging them, instead, to embrace unconditional service.

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka/ Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish.

The Harrowing Story of Los Angeles Catholic Priest Who Survived a Shooting in Nigeria

Apr 22, 2021

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka didn’t know how long he had been unconscious. A gentle slapping on his face stirred him, and his eyelids flicked open to an African hospital room filled with people clapping and cheering.

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

Ex-Film Director, Soccer Player to be Ordained Catholic Priest by Pope Francis on Sunday

Apr 20, 2021

Pope Francis will ordain nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, including a former film director and a 28-year-old soccer player who turned down a chance to play for the team A.S. Roma.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops./ Franco Origlio/Getty Images News.

Vatican Summit on 'theology of the priesthood' to Look at Questions Raised in Recent Synod

Apr 12, 2021

Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on questions raised in recent synods, including priestly celibacy, dwindling vocations, and the role of women in the Church.

The twins, Fr. Peter Katuramu Isingoma and Fr. Andrew Kato Katuramu ordained to the Priesthood 06 February 2021 / Courtesy Photo

A Longing Fulfilled for Twin Brothers, Peter and Andrew, Ordained Priests in Uganda

Feb 10, 2021

Last weekend’s ordination of new Priests in Uganda’s Catholic Diocese of Kasese was special for various reasons.

Bishops in Tanzania with some seminarians of the  Nazareth Major Seminary.

Inside Tanzania’s Growing Vocations to the Priesthood

Jan 8, 2021

The Number of young men choosing Priesthood in Tanzania is reportedly on the rise, Church leaders in the East African countries have observed while opening a Seminary that will be a home to hundreds of seminarians drawn from across the country.

Fr. Stephen Otieno Makagutu at his ordination in Kisumu, December 11, 2020.

Priesthood Defined by Offering “sacrifice of praise”: Nuncio in Kenya at Ordination

Dec 12, 2020

The identity of a Priest is manifested in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist during which he offers the “sacrifice of praise” for the salvation of souls, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya said Friday, December 11.

Bishop Peter John Holiday with the newly ordained priest, Fr. Thabang Shilane during the ordination Mass on Saturday, December 5. / Facebook Page Kroonstad Diocese

As Priest, “be outward looking, be for others”: South African Bishop at Ordination

Dec 8, 2020

On the occasion of a Priestly ordination in South Africa over the weekend, the Bishop who preached encouraged the new Priest to cultivate “a big heart” that is concerned with the needs of others in line with Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. 

Archbishop Peter Joseph Kairo speaking during the ordination of four Priests and seven Deacons for Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese Saturday, November 7. / Capuchin TV/Facebook Page.

Strive to Live in Harmony with Each Other, Kenyan Prelate at Ordination

Nov 9, 2020

A Kenyan Archbishop has urged candidates he was about to ordain to always strive to live in peace and harmony with each other, noting that it is human for members of the Clergy living in a rectory to sometimes disagree.

The new Priests bless the people of God at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Cathedral of Takoradi shortly after their ordination by Bishop Joseph Francis Kweku Essien of the Wiawso Diocese. / Sekondi-Takoradi Communications Office.

Prelate in Ghana Calls for Stewardship, Accountability to Parishioners at Ordination Event

Oct 27, 2020

On the occasion of the ordination of three Deacons to the Priesthood for Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese, the ordaining Prelate counselled members of the Clergy to foster practices that translate to accountability to their parishioners.