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Cardinal Caffarra Encourages Consecrated Persons

Last edited 8th February 2012

To mark the feast of the Presentation last week, which is also the World Day of Consecrated Life, the archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, explained what this consecration means.

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Brother & Sister Act - Vocations Flash Mob outside Notre Dame, Paris

Last edited 7th February 2012

600 religious brothers and sisters, from various communities and movements, took part in a mega flashmob in front of Notre Dame in Paris to promote vocations!

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Vocation 101: What is Vocation?

Last edited 7th February 2012

What exactly is a "vocation"? Take a look at this short animation that explores the definitions of vocation.

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Number of Religious Priests Rises, but Number of Female Religious Falls

Last edited 5th February 2012

According to the Catholic Church, for the first time in recent history, the number of religious priests has increased. They make up one third of the total number of priests. They dedicate their work to the needs of a religious order or a congregation. In 2010 there were 135,227, which shows an increase of more than 176 priests when compared to 2009.

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What Teachers Mean

Last edited 23rd January 2012

Finding a good teacher, even if he is not in one's own university or one's own time, even if he is not really a professional "teacher," is a great blessing. He can lead us to things that we otherwise would not have known or encountered.

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Papal Address to Seminary of Diocese of Rome

Last edited 21st February 2013

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI told those preparing for the priesthood that their path to holiness also includes a commitment to their studies. The Holy Father gave an address at the Seminary of the Diocese of Rome, the Almo Collegio Capranica, for the feast of St. Agnes, patron of the college. He said that priestly formation requires integrity and asceticism, as well as "heroic constancy and fidelity."

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Pope Talks About Vocations During Sunday's Angelus

Last edited 16th January 2012

During his Sunday Angelus address on 15 January 2012, the Pope talked about vocations, focusing on the power of recognizing and following the voice of God: “And so, the call to follow Jesus more closely, to not form a family, but instead dedicate oneself to the family of the Church, usually comes from the testimony or the suggestion of a spiritual 'older brother,' who is often a priest.”

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Pope Stresses Spiritual Guidance in Discerning Religious Vocation

Last edited 15th January 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. “I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people,” the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.

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Sisters of Life Inspire Women to be Agents of Love

Last edited 16th December 2011

Over 300 women of all ages spent an afternoon deepening their faith and prayer life with the New York-based Sisters of Life at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. The Women’s Afternoon Retreat included Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli, two seminars run by the Sisters and Adoration in St Benedict’s Church.

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The Beautiful Work and Vocation of the 'Sisters of Life'

Last edited 9th December 2011

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Conforming their lives to Christ, the Sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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