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Sisters of Life Retreat Draws Crowds in Sydney

Last edited 2nd December 2011

News that four religious sisters from the US-based charism, the Sisters of Life, will run an afternoon retreat for women in Sydney, has met with an overwhelming response.

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Number of US Seminarians on the Rise

Last edited 30th November 2011

The number of seminarians in the United States has risen to 3,608--the highest number since the early 1990s--with some seminaries experiencing their highest enrollment in decades.

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Catholic Priests Should Look to the Virgin Mary this Advent

Last edited 29th November 2011

Catholic priests should ask the Virgin Mary for a heart able to “relive Christ’s coming” during Advent this year, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said. The cardinal, who serves as prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, said in his Nov. 27 Advent message to priests that Mary lived “constantly in prayerful vigilance.”

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Young Sisters Answer the Spiritual Call

Last edited 22nd November 2011

Be it a radical life decision or a counter-cultural call from God, a small but significant number of young women are now bucking the usual trifecta of marriage, kids and career for another one - the chastity, poverty and obedience of religious life. Visit this report from the Sydney Morning Herald to read about the young Sisters, changing the face of the Church in Australia!

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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

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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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