A new movie will show the life of John Henry Newman who was beatified in the Pope's recent visit to Great Britain in September.
On Wednesday this week, Pope Benedict XVI focused on the life of St. Catherine of Siena, saying that although the 14th century mystic was “aware of the human failings of the clergy,” she had the “greatest reverence” for them. Read more in this article!
The Archdiocese of Sydney held a Vocation Discernment Weekend in November 2010, and again in April 2011, at The Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush. Listen to the talks in this podcast!
Seminaries in England have seen a rise in the number applicants this fall – the highest number in over a decade, according to the local bishops' conference. In September this year, 56 men began their journey towards the priesthood in the country, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales announced on Nov. 15, adding that Pope Benedict's recent visit to the U.K. may boost numbers in the near future.
Benedict XVI has presided over a solemn ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica for the creation of 24 new cardinals from around the world. Among them are 15 Europeans, four Africans, two from the U.S., two Latin Americans and one Asian. Four of the new cardinals are over the age of 80 and therefore not eligible to participate in an eventual conclave.
The numbers of men entering English seminaries to become Catholic priests have hit a ten year high. Catholic leaders put the rise in applicants down to outreach programmes, which were leading young men to ask questions about what was important in life.
Doctors said Joseph Nguyen was dead. His heart rate was dropping beyond recovery, and all brain activity was gone. But while they wrote his death certificate, Joseph's parents were asking an old family friend for help: a Vietnamese cardinal who is being considered for beatification. Joseph Nguyen has since re-enrolled in seminary. He's seen his own death certificate, now stamped “VOID.” During the weeks that he hovered between life and death in 2009, Joseph says he had two encounters with Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan...
Nicknamed the Singing Seminarian, Robert Galea, who was ordained a priest last week, speaks to Ariadne Massa about his rebellious teenage years, celibacy and his excitement to spread the Word of God through his music.
It’s easy to imagine a six-foot, tanned, 32-year-old Peter Hannah on the golf greens. But instead of an Izod shirt and khaki pants, he’s wearing the long, white habit of a medieval Dominican friar - and he’s heading into winter in Alaska.
While celebrating Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope prayed for the six cardinals, and 122 bishops and archbishops who have died since October last year.
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