August 4th is the feast of St John Vianney, who in 2009 was named the Patron Saint of all Priests. On his feast day, let us pray for all Priests everywhere in the world.
On Sunday 4 July 2010, two Ugandan Deacons were ordained as Catholic Priests for the Archdiocese of Kampala. Frs. John Ssemaganda and Simon Kitimbo completed their theological studies at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, Australia. They will return to Australia for a few years of pastoral work before returning to their native country.
Two former seminarians from the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney have been ordained at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kampala (Uganda) by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala. Deacons John Ssemaganda (29) and Simon Kitimbo (29) returned to their home diocese (Kampala) for their ordination ceremony which took place on Sunday 4 July.
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!
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