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Joseph Ratzinger's Happiest Day
Last edited 28th June 2011

Today - 29 June 2011 - Pope Benedict XVI will be celebrating the "high point of his life" as he marks the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Joseph Ratzinger was ordained at age 24, together with his brother Georg, and more than 40 candidates, at the cathedral of Freising, near Munich, by Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber.

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Cardinal Pell Discusses the New Roman Missal
Last edited 30th June 2011

When Catholics throughout the English-speaking world begin to use the new translation of the Roman Missal for the first time, they will notice a change at the beginning of Mass in one of the most familiar dialogues of the sacred liturgy...

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Iraqi Sister Founding Religious Order to Serve Boston's Spiritually Poor
Last edited 24th June 2011

Iraqi Sister Olga Yaqob is beginning a women's religious order in the Boston archdiocese this year, to carry out the Church's mission to evangelize. “Our main spirituality will focus on Jesus, and then carry His presence out into the world,” Sr. Olga of the Eucharist told CNA on June 21. “I have seen a lot of spiritual poverty in our country – people who are spiritually hungry,” she said. “They don't know what kind of loving Father we have, what kind of beautiful faith our Catholic Church has.”

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The Story Behind Joseph Ratzinger's Vocation
Last edited 30th June 2011

In his autobiography, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, explained how the most important day of his life, was the day he was ordained. It was June 29, 1951. On that day, Cardinal von Faulhaber of Munich ordained the Raztinger brothers in the Cathedral of Freising. Georg was 27 years old. Joseph,24. His family was very religious, so their parents weren't really surprised by their decision. Watch this video for the story behind Joseph Ratzinger's vocation!

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Seminarians Want to be 'Part of the Solution' in Addressing Abuse Issue
Last edited 21st June 2011

Most of them weren't born yet when the events occurred that came to define the U.S. crisis of sexual abuse by priests. But for men who entered the seminary in the past decade, a point of commonality seems to be that they want to prove that priests are good people.

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Pope Calls for a Revival of Priestly Vocations
Last edited 21st June 2011

The Pope was welcomed by thousands of faithful during his Sunday visit to San Marino. During a two hour Mass, the Pope celebrated the feast of the Holy Trinity by stressing that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are based on love. As the small republic faces several challenges of the modern world, the Pope called for a revival of priestly vocations and special consecration, to strengthen faith and morality.

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Nearly 20,000 Priests Expected to Attend World Youth Day
Last edited 20th June 2011

Nearly 20,000 priests are expected to accompany the young people attending World Youth Day 2011 in August, announced Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco of Madrid, Spain.

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60 Artists Prepare for the 60th Anniversary of Pope's Ordination
Last edited 20th June 2011

On June 29th, Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the 60th anniversary of his ordination. To celebrate, 60 artists have prepared a special gift for the pontiff. They have donated 60 works of art, mostly originals, for the exhibition “The Splendor of Truth, Beauty of Charity,.” It will be hosted by the Vatican's Paul VI Hall from July 4 to September 4.

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Archbishop Gomez Tells New Priests Their Mission is to Evangelize
Last edited 7th June 2011

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told a diverse group of new priests during their ordination Mass that they have a responsibility to make God known in a culture that has forgotten him.  “We have a special responsibility for the new evangelization – not only for the new evangelization of Los Angeles and California,” he said, “but also for the new evangelization of our country, our continent, and our world.”

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Fr. Michael de Stoop Celebrates Ten Years as a Priest
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Fr. Michael de Stoop is a regular podcasting Priest on Xt3. Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Sydney, as well as parish priest at St Benedict's Church, Broadway, 38-year-old Fr Michael loves his work as a diocesan priest and says he was blessed having some wonderful role models and inspirations as a child that instilled him with a love of God and set him on a path to the priesthood. On Wednesday 8 June 2011, Fr. Michael celebrates his 10-year anniversary to the Priesthood!

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