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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Bishop Emeritus Anthony Kwami Adanuty of Keta-Akatsi laying hands on one of the Deacons he ordained a Priests for the Diocese at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish at Anloga in the Volta Region of Ghana on Saturday, October 17, 2020. / Keta-Akatsi DEPSOCOM.

Let Your Priesthood Bring You New Life, Retired Prelate at Ordination in Ghana

The Bishop Emeritus of Ghana’s Diocese of Keta-Akatsi has, on the occasion of the ordination of three Deacons to the Priesthood, asked the Deacons to see their ministerial Priesthood as a ministry that should bring them new life by becoming servant leaders.

Fr. Antony Njoroge ordained a Priest after 11 Years of Police Service. / Fr. Antony Njoroge .

A Longing Fulfilled for Kenyan Priest Ordained after 11 Years of Police Service

Fr. Antony Njoroge’s life can best be summarized by one of St. Augustine of Hippo’s most powerful quotes, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

A poster announcing the Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordinate of 22 Seminarians of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). / Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans).

Stories of Blood, Sweat & Tears Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations: Spiritans’ Testimonies

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious.

Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle of Cape Coast with six
new Priests, he ordained for the Accra Archdiocese at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on Saturday, September 19, 2020. / Radio Angelus

Priesthood is Living Life of “total self-denial”: Ghanaian Prelate at Ordination

The Archbishop of Ghana’s Archdiocese of Cape Coast has, on the occasion of the ordination of six Deacons to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Accra, urged the candidates to the Priesthood to view their Priestly ministry not as a time for taking “honor upon oneself but a life of total self-denial.”

Fr. Paschal Uche at his ordination in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, England, Aug. 1, 2020. / Brentwood Diocese/Graham Hillman. Visit photo credit: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk.

Young Catholic who Greeted Benedict XVI in Britain Becomes a Priest

Paschal Uche woke up early on the morning of Sept. 18, 2010, a day that would change his life. He needed to set off in good time in order to pass through security at the event he was attending in central London.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama laying hands on one of the Deacons ordained Priest on August 15 in Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. / Abuja Archdiocese

“Report us to Jesus, talk to our Mother Mary when we err”: Nigerian Prelate at Ordination

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has implored the people of God in the West African country to support their Priests, to pray for them and mostly, to talk to Jesus and “our Mother Mary” when they feel that their Pastors have gone astray.

Bishop Dominic Yeboah Nyarko of Techiman Diocese in Ghana's Bono East Region with four priests he ordained at Kintampo on August 8, 2020. /

Priestly Ministry “demands respect for oneself, Church”: Ghanaian Prelate at Ordination

The Bishop of Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Techiman has, on the occasion of the ordination of four Deacons to the Priesthood, underscored the importance respect in the practice of Priestly ministry among the people of God.

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo. /

A Tale of Two Churches: Young Congolese Priest Ordained in South Italy

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni, a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Priestly Ordination in the Catholic Diocese of Kumbo- Cameroon /

“Priesthood not a distinction, but a gift”: Cameroonian Prelate at Ordination of Priests

During the ordination of nine Deacons to the Priesthood in Cameroon’s Catholic Diocese of Kumbo, the Bishop invited the candidates to be ordained to view their priestly ministry not as “a distinction” that sets them apart in isolation but as a gift that brings them closer to the people of God who will be under their care in service.

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Catholic Priests May be Feeling “nonessential” amid COVID-19: Here's How You Can Help

As restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced churches to close or limit their activity in recent months, priests across the U.S. and other parts of the world may be feeling “nonessential” as they struggle to support or even engage with their parish community, one psychologist said.

Pope Francis offers a blessing from the window of the Apostolic Palance April 26, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Asks for Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood on Good Shepherd Sunday

Pope Francis called on all Catholics to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life on Good Shepherd Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Bishops in Togo at the Opening ceremony of Celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of The Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Togo’s Diocesan Clergy Mark 50 Years of Their Association, Acknowledge Value of Fraternity

The value of togetherness has been acknowledged as the clergy in the West African country of Togo gathered in a six-day General Assembly to celebrate 50 years since their association, the Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT), was established.

Pope Francis May 15, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

In a De-Christianized World, Priests Should Be Pillars of Faith, Pope Francis Says

Priests should strive after a strong relationship with Christ, beginning in seminary, in order to be the guides in faith the de-Christianized society needs, Pope Francis said Monday.