One of Hong Kong's four new permanent deacons says his vocation is linked to Pope John Paul II, and particularly to the Pontiff's death. Deacon Stephen Kwok Ping-fai was one of four to be ordained July 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong.
The theology of the body is often seen as something for married couples, but many clergy and religious are finding renewal in their celibate vocations through John Paul II's teachings!
The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Ivan Dias, and secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Robert Sarah, have written a letter to the priests of China.
Even though the 'Year for Priests' has ended, Xt3 will continue to put up interviews with Priests who have done amazing things around the world. Fr Matt Digges is the Administrator Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Broome, which is a remote community in outback Australia, with a predominantly Aboriginal population. As Fr Matt celebrates Mass in Broome, rather than English, he sometimes uses Kukatja, one of two Aboriginal languages. Read more in this article!
Despite increased persecution, vocations to the priesthood in the north region of India are continuing to grow. Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar Diocese in the state of Madhya Pradesh reported that the number of candidates to the priesthood in his diocese has been on the rise for the past decade.
July 16th is a major Feast Day for the Carmelites - a group of people all around the world who are praying for each one of you. On this feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave us the Brown Scapular. Find out more in this video!
José G. Funes studies extragalactic astronomy. He has been director of the Vatican Observatory since 2006. Have a read of a brief interview with this fascinating man in this article!
The American rapper 'ManChild' relates the personal story of his music and his faith in this clip! he also has a very strong message on vocations, and encouraging words for those who are seeking God's will.
Every year, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, hold a vocational discernment retreat for young women. This community has seen a huge increase in young vocations - find out more about this vibrant order in this video!
Seventy-five might be the normal retiring age for Catholic priests but at 77, Father Robert Sheridan has no intention of stepping aside. After all, as he's quick to point out, he wasn't ordained until he was 71 and has to make up for lost time!
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