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

Candidates for the Priesthood Must Be Well Scrutinized: Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2022

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

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 14, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

The Devil Tempts Priests with "hidden idols": Pope Francis at Chrism Mass

Apr 14, 2022

‘The priest with a functionalist mindset has his own nourishment, which is his ego,’ he said.

Pope Francis meets members of Rome’s Pontifical Lombard Seminary at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Feb. 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

Don’t "remain barricaded in the sacristy": Pope Francis to Priests

Feb 7, 2022

He praised the example of Pius XI, elected pope 100 years ago.

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Priests, Religious in Africa among Those in Danger of Persecution, Catholic Charity Says

Dec 27, 2021

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has highlighted a number of African countries on the list of many countries in the world where Priests, Religious and Lay missionaries are facing the danger of killings, kidnappings and other forms of persecution.

Priestly ordination of Deacon Thomas Msalala at St Paul's Minor Seminary in Mitundu in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe. Credit: Fr. Francis Damaseke/ECM

Stand Up for Justice for God’s People, Catholic Archbishop in Malawi Urges Priests

Dec 18, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of Malawi’s Lilongwe Archdiocese has called upon Priests under his pastoral care to stand up and fight for justice for the people of God and also to be near to the suffering masses in the Southern African country.

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.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese/ Credit Courtesy Photo

Priests, Religious in Predicament amid Ethnic Skirmishes in South Sudan: Catholic Bishop

Sep 30, 2021

Members of the Clergy, women and men Religious and other Church personnel in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are in a predicament amid ongoing tribal skirmishes, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese has said, regrating the fact that the violence seems to have “taken the direction of negative ethnicity.”

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016. L'Osservatore Romano.

"Aging is not a disease but a privilege": Pope Francis Tells Elderly Priests

Sep 17, 2021

He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese/ Credit: Nsukka Diocese/Facebook

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Cautions Priests, Religious against Operating Personal Projects

Jun 16, 2021

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese has cautioned Clerics, women and men Religious against owning and operating personal projects saying conflicts have often resulted from such engagement.

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Catholic Peace Entity in Cameroon Reports Looting, Arrests of Innocent Priests by Military

May 25, 2021

Law enforcers in Cameroon have been accused of harassing civilians through arrests of innocent persons including Catholic Priests and looting of homes whose owners have fled owing to ongoing insecurity in the Central African country.

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

“You will be shepherds like him”: Pope Francis to New Priests He Ordained on Sunday

Apr 25, 2021

Pope Francis ordained nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, urging them to be shepherds like Christ throughout their priestly lives.

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Over 25 Priests, 60 Nuns Have Succumbed to COVID-19-related Illnesses in Tanzania: Cleric

Mar 4, 2021

At least 25 Catholic Priests and 60 members of Religious Orders have succumbed to COVID-related complications in Tanzania, the Secretary General of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) has said.

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Zambia’s Kasama Archdiocese Closes 3 Parishes as Priests, Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

Jan 24, 2021

Three Parishes of Zambia’s Kasama Archdiocese have been closed for two weeks after Priests and members of staff working in these Parishes tested positive for COVID-19. 

St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

World Mission Sunday: Number of Catholics Continues to Rise Worldwide

Oct 16, 2020

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted by the Vatican ahead of the 2020 World Mission Sunday. 

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination Mass last Saturday, August 15, 2020. / ACI Africa

“Priests are instruments in the hand of God”: South Sudanese Prelate at Ordination

Aug 18, 2020

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has, during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination last Saturday, told those to be ordained to consider themselves “instruments in the hand of God” in their apostolate.

Pope Francis. Courtesy: Worldpriest

Pope Francis Blesses Global Rosary Relay for Priests

Jun 2, 2020

Pope Francis has given his apostolic blessing to a worldwide rosary relay for priests. 

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 30, 2020. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Honors Priests and Doctors Who Have Died in the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 3, 2020

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis said he was thinking of all the priests and doctors who gave their lives in the service of others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

At least 28 Priests in Northern Italy Have Died From COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.

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

Jan 7, 2020

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 in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pray that Bishops, Priests will Manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis Urges

Dec 4, 2019

Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.