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Pope in Africa: Meeting with Benin Priests, Seminarians and Religious

Last edited 23rd November 2011

After praying before the tomb of late Cardinal Bernardin Gantin at the St. Gall seminary in Ouidah, the pope gave a speech to local priests, seminarians, religious and lay people. He said, promoting peace, justice and reconciliation is a responsibility that in a special way, falls on Catholic priests in Africa.

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Sacraments 101: Holy Orders - What Ordination Means

Last edited 22nd October 2012

What are Holy Orders? What happens at an Ordination? What does it means to say yes to God?

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Papal Reflection on Priesthood

Last edited 10th November 2011

Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave on 4 November 2011, when he presided overs Vespers for the opening of the academic year in pontifical universities. His homily focused on priestly ministry, in light of the 70th anniversary of Pope Pius XII founding the Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations.

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Pope Speaks About Priestly Celibacy During General Audience - 9 November

Last edited 23rd November 2011

Pope Benedict XVI spoke about celibacy during his general audience this week. It was the main theme for his reflections on Psalm 119, in which the author gives up everything for God: “It is in this light that we can understand the free choice of celibacy for the Kingdom of heaven, which must be rediscovered in all its beauty and power,” said the Pope. Watch this video to find out more.

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Pope Offers Priests 3 Tips

Last edited 8th November 2011

Benedict XVI is recommending three conditions for a priest to grow in conformity with Christ, and the first is being fascinated by Him -- His words, gestures and very person.

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Pope Encourages Priests to Draw Close to Christ

Last edited 7th November 2011

Pope Benedict XVI recently called priests and those in parish leadership positions to hold fast to Christ and allow his love to lead them to proclaim the Gospel. The Pope spoke on Nov. 4 during the celebration of vespers with students from the pontifical universities in Rome. He recalled the 70th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s motu propio 'Cum Nobis' on priestly vocations. “One cannot become a good shepherd without becoming one with Christ and his members through charity."

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Sr. Jacinta Hopes to Evangelize 'Pagan' Britain

Last edited 2nd November 2011

Franciscan Sister Jacinta Pollard, one of the women profiled in the BBC's new documentary “Young Nuns,” hopes her community's prayers and sacrifices can help bring Britain back to the Catholic faith. “It's like living in pagan Rome, actually! It must have been very similar, for the early Christians,” said Sister Jacinta, head of St. Clare's Convent in Leeds. Visit this article to read her story!

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Ask a Priest - Why Are Women Not Allowed to be Ordained as Priests? Isn’t This an Issue of Equality?

Last edited 8th June 2012

Why are women not allowed to be ordained as priests? Isn’t this an issue of equality?

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Study: Most Priests Are Happy, Appreciate Celibacy

Last edited 6th October 2011

Priests in general are among the happiest members of society, says Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, and contrary to secular opinion, most embrace celibacy as a positive aspect of their vocation. These were some of the conclusions outlined by Monsignor Rossetti in his book, “Why Priests Are Happy”. Visit this article to read a review of the key findings in this study on the Priesthood.

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Vatican Cardinal Warns Priests Not to Let Humanity Overshadow God

Last edited 6th October 2011

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, recently addressed priests and seminarians in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He told them that the world urgently needs holy priests who avoid allowing their humanity to cast a shadow over the beauty of the Lord. Visit this article to read more.

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