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Pope to Seminarians: Don't Conform

Last edited 17th February 2012

To celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Hope, Benedict XVI met with a group of seminarians in Rome. The traditional meeting takes place every year. This time around, the Pope called on the group to be aware of the reality around them and also to never conform. Watch this video for more.

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If You Think Someone May Have a Vocation…

Last edited 13th February 2012

If you think a young man may have a vocation to the priesthood, tell him so.

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'Loving Christian Family is Best Soil for Vocations' - Pope's Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Last edited 13th February 2013

Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations. The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on April 29 with the theme, “Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.”


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Unique Stories of How Two Religious Found Their Calling

Last edited 12th February 2012

Listen to the incredible stories of Sister Rose Mary Esseff and Fr. Mario Ortega, two religious from different communities, who share their vocation stories in this video.

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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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