Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Statistics: Africa Had Biggest Increase in Catholics, While Numbers Fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared with the previous year. 

Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Archbishop in Angola Urges Seminarians to “persevere even in the face of various crises”

Oct 18, 2023

The Archbishop of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese has urged Seminarians in the country to exercise perseverance in their divine calling, striving “to be instructed by the Lord” amid challenges that they might be exposed to. 

St. Joseph Major Seminary of Lwena Diocese in Angola. Credit: Fr. Amilton Camuele

Seminarians in Angolan Diocese Cautioned against “excessive use of social media”

Sep 20, 2023

Bishop Martín Lasarte Topolansky of Angola’s Lwena Diocese has cautioned Seminarians in his Episcopal See against “excessive use of social media.”

Pope Francis greeting congregation at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum on 5 February 2023 just before presiding over Holy Mass. Credit: ACI Africa

Church Growing Quickly in Africa among 10 Things to Know from Latest Catholic Survey

Mar 8, 2023

On March 3 the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported the latest statistics about the global Catholic Church.

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.

Some of the Three major Seminaries in Kenya. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

Increasing Number of Major Seminarians in Kenya “a good crisis”: Catholic Archbishop

Jun 7, 2022

The rise in the number of Major Seminarians in Kenya that has resulted in “a minor crisis” of lack of rooms in the national Diocesan Seminaries presents “a good crisis”, a Catholic Archbishop in Kenya has said.

32 Catholic Major Seminarians who were abducted last Friday, April 8 alongside their driver in Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese have been released. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

Dozens of Catholic Seminarians Abducted from Major Seminary in Cameroon Regain Freedom

Apr 11, 2022

The 32 Catholic Major Seminarians who were abducted last Friday, April 8 alongside their driver have been released, the Communications Director of the Cameroonian Diocese has said.

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.

Help for the training of 59 seminarians in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Pastoral Charity Facilitates Formation of Dozens of Seminarians in DR Congo

Sep 15, 2021

Dozens of Major Seminarians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are set to benefit from a financial “contribution” from the Catholic Pastoral Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, the leadership of the Pontifical entity has said in a report.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Minor Seminary in South Sudan to Admit “ordinary students” to Study Alongside Seminarians

May 19, 2021

The Diocesan Minor Seminary of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese is set to admit students who do not intend to pursue Priestly formation to study alongside Seminarians.

Bishop Godfrey Onah interacting with some of the ex-seminarians of Nsukka Diocese during the April 8 reunion. Credit: Godfrey I.Onah Facebook

“Be grateful to Church for formative experience”: Nigerian Bishop to Former Seminarians

Apr 10, 2021

At the maiden reunion of former seminarians of Nigeria’s Diocese of Nsukka, the Local Ordinary, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, called on the ex-seminarians to be thankful “for the formative experience” they had while in the Seminary.

Fr. Habila Daboh - Rector of Nigeria's Good Shepherd Seminary / Fr. Habila Daboh

Nigeria’s Seminarians “more determined to study for priesthood” Since Murder of Colleague

Mar 27, 2021

A year after gunmen attacked the Good Shepherd Catholic Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Kaduna, kidnapped four Seminarians and later killed one of them, the Rector of the formation center says Seminarians there are “more determined than ever” in their journey to Priesthood.

From left to right, Seminarians José Jaime Changa Meque, Stivini Elias and Rachide Lazaro Zacarias.

Grim Future for Mozambique’s Seminarians as Bishops Cancel 2020 Academic Year

Sep 28, 2020

When Bishops in Mozambique announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries countrywide, sending seminarians in all the 12 Dioceses of the country back home, Stivini Elias, a third-year philosophy student in St Charles Lwanga Seminary in Nampula in Mozambique thought fast on how best he was going to use his time away from the Seminary.

Entrance to the St. Pius X Theological Major Seminary in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. / Vatican News

Major Seminaries in Mozambique to Remain Closed as Academic Year 2020 is Canceled

Sep 22, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries, which will remain closed for the remaining part of the year amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Africa nation.

Michael Nnadi, seminarian killed after having been abducted alongside three others on January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary

Missing Nigerian Seminarian, Michael Nnadi Found “murdered by the bandits”

Feb 1, 2020

A day after the news of the release of two more seminarians who had been abducted January 8 alongside two others, a Nigerian Bishop has, “with a very heavy heart”, announced that the missing seminarian, a native of his diocese, had been murdered.

Four first-year philosophy seminarians abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020. One of them is receiving medication at a Catholic hospital in Kaduna Archdiocese. / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

One of Four Nigerian Seminarians Freed, Receiving Medication at Catholic Hospital

Jan 20, 2020

One of the four Nigerian first-year philosophy seminarians abducted January 8 from the Kaduna-based Good Shepherd Major Seminary was freed Saturday, January 18, having been dumped by the kidnappers along Nigeria’s Kaduna-Abuja highway. He was rescued by some Good Samaritans and he is receiving medication at a Catholic health facility, multiple sources have told ACI Africa.

The four first-year philosophy seminarians who were abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna State on the night of January 8, 2020 / Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kaduna, Nigeria

“We pray for the speedy release of our Seminarians”: Bishops in Nigeria

Jan 13, 2020

Days after the abduction of four Nigerian Major Seminarians by men “wearing military uniform”, the Catholic Bishops of the West African nation, the most populous in Africa, are counting on the security agencies in their country to make real their assurance of securing the release of the seminarians and called for prayers for the seminarians’ “speedy release”.

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Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

Dec 31, 2019

Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They usually include a “God moment” in which the subject, through a dramatic circumstance, hears the word of God and finds with sparkling clarity the call to become a cleric or religious. They end with ordination or follow final vows.

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

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

Dec 9, 2019

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.