Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Member of the Council of Cardinals Urges Caution, Dialogue on Women’s Ordination

May 20, 2024

The cardinal said the prohibition against ordaining women was “not an infallible doctrinal decision” and could be changed over time with arguments.

Father Ryan Stawaisz. / Credit: Prince of Peace Catholic Church

New film tells inspiring story of young priest who left a lasting impact

Apr 6, 2024

“Love God’s Will” tells the inspiring story of Father Ryan Stawaisz, a young priest from Texas who touched the hearts of many and embraced God’s will.

A poster showing the 26 new Priests ordained by Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese on 26 August 2023. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Don’t “become a burden”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to 26 Newly Ordained Priests

Aug 29, 2023

The 26 newly ordained Priests in Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese have been cautioned against becoming burdens to their leaders in the practice of their Priestly ministry.

Pope Francis sits in front of an image of Blessed Giuseppe "Don Pino" Puglisi during a meeting with young people in the Archdiocese of Palermo, on the Italian island region Sicily, on Sept. 15, 2018. | Vatican Media.

"All the way in love": Pope Francis Praises Example of Mafia-slain Priest

Aug 21, 2023

Blessed Giuseppe “Don Pino” Puglisi “went all the way in love,” Pope Francis said in a letter published ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Sicilian priest’s death at the hands of the Mafia.

St. John Vianney. | Herwig Reidlinger via Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0

Why St. John Vianney is a Model for all Priests

Aug 4, 2023

A century after the patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, died on Aug. 4, 1859, Pope John XXIII reflected on the life of the saint and what it means to be a holy priest.

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019. | Credit: Evandro Inetti/CNA.

No Synod Can Invent a "female priesthood": Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Jul 5, 2023

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect emeritus of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, stressed that "the priesthood is unique" and warned that "no council, no synod" can "invent a female priesthood."

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, June 25, 2016. | L'Osservatore Romano/CNA

Pope Francis Compares the Life of a Priest to the Mysteries of the Rosary

Dec 10, 2022

Pope Francis told seminarians on Saturday that praying the rosary can “unveil the mysteries of the priesthood” in its moments of joy, sorrow, and the glory to come.

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.