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Bishop Novell: 'I Changed my Opinion of JPII During one of his Encounters with Youth'
Last edited 20th February 2011

This is the youngest bishop in Spain and the eighth youngest in the world. Monsignor Xavier Novell is only 41 years old. Before becoming a priest, he was an agricultural engineer and a passionate admirer of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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In Nairobi, Cloistered Carmelites Give Themselves to God in Prayer
Last edited 18th February 2011

For several of the cloistered Carmelite Sisters at Mount Carmel Convent, their life of prayer began in their families, when they were children. In an interview with Catholic News Service, several of the sisters talked about the path that led them to continuous prayer each day. Visit this article to hear their stories!


Vatican University Studying How to Improve Training of Seminarians
Last edited 16th February 2011

The increase in the number of men determined to become priests opens many new challenges. The main one is how to prepare them for their vocation, a task for the Bishop of each diocese and the directors of the seminaries. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is trying to help these directors of our future Priests, and has created a specialized center to help "train the trainers."


Ukrainian Seminaries So Full They Are Turning People Away
Last edited 14th February 2011

Ukrainian seminaries are having to turn away up to half of the young men seeking to become priests due to a lack of space. Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz reported to Aid to the Church in Need that in some places, there are three candidates vying for every place in the seminary. He stated that many young men are attracted to the priesthood because of the examples they see of living a challenging vocation: "When they see good priests, and when they see the Church living out the social gospel, it inspires them."

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Death of John Paul II’s Father Propelled Him to his Future Vocation
Last edited 15th February 2011

In 1941, a 20-year-old Karol Wojtyla was working at a stone quarry after the government closed Jagiellonian University where he studied philosophy. He returned from work on Feb. 18 to find that his father, also named Karol, had died of a heart attack. His sister had died before his birth, his mother died when he was a young boy and his older brother also lost his life six years earlier to scarlet fever. He was alone. “And this,” explained Gian Franco Svidercoschi, a close friend of JPII, “brought about a change, or perhaps it pushed him harder toward that which he already felt inside, that is, to become a priest.”

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Women Explain Why They Chose to Religious Life
Last edited 13th February 2011

There are currently around 800,000 consecrated religious worldwide. Each of these religious have decided to give up everything and dedicate themselves to God - but each would have come to this decision for very different and personal reasons. Watch this video to listen to the stories from 3 very different women, who have chosen the religious life.


Pope Urges Entire Church to Promote Vocations
Last edited 10th February 2011

Pope Benedict XVI is underlining the necessity for every member of the Church to promote religious vocations. This was one of the points emphasized by the Pope in a message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated May 15 on the theme of "Proposing Vocations in the Local Church."

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St. Peter Canisius - Defend Doctrine, But Don't Attack Others
Last edited 9th February 2011

Even in the midst of the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, St. Peter Canisius knew how to defend Catholic doctrine without launching personal attacks on those who disagreed, Pope Benedict XVI said. This great Saint knew how to "harmoniously combine fidelity to dogmatic principles with the respect due to each person," visit this article to read more! 


Pope Urges Priests to be Consistent with What They Preach
Last edited 9th February 2011

During the general audience this week, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St. Peter Canisius, a Jesuit priest who dedicated his life to theological training of priests. The Pope used him as an example to remind all clergy to be consistent with what they preach.


Pope Ordains 5 Bishops
Last edited 8th February 2011

While ordaining five bishops — two Vatican diplomats and three secretaries of Vatican congregations — Pope Benedict XVI said the prelates were called to help people recognize and respond to their yearning for holiness and goodness:

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