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'Loving Christian Family is Best Soil for Vocations' - Pope's Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Last edited 13th February 2013

Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations. The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on April 29 with the theme, “Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God.”

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Cardinal Caffarra Encourages Consecrated Persons
Last edited 8th February 2012

To mark the feast of the Presentation last week, which is also the World Day of Consecrated Life, the archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, explained what this consecration means.

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What Teachers Mean
Last edited 23rd January 2012

Finding a good teacher, even if he is not in one's own university or one's own time, even if he is not really a professional "teacher," is a great blessing. He can lead us to things that we otherwise would not have known or encountered.


Papal Address to Seminary of Diocese of Rome
Last edited 21st February 2013

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI told those preparing for the priesthood that their path to holiness also includes a commitment to their studies. The Holy Father gave an address at the Seminary of the Diocese of Rome, the Almo Collegio Capranica, for the feast of St. Agnes, patron of the college. He said that priestly formation requires integrity and asceticism, as well as "heroic constancy and fidelity."

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Pope Stresses Spiritual Guidance in Discerning Religious Vocation
Last edited 15th January 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. “I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people,” the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.

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Sisters of Life Inspire Women to be Agents of Love
Last edited 16th December 2011

Over 300 women of all ages spent an afternoon deepening their faith and prayer life with the New York-based Sisters of Life at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. The Women’s Afternoon Retreat included Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli, two seminars run by the Sisters and Adoration in St Benedict’s Church.

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U.S. Catholic Seminary 'Bursting at the Seams'
Last edited 2nd December 2011

In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church "has not had for a long time" -- it is bursting at the seams. Enrolment is maxed out for the 2011-12 academic year at 90 seminarians! Visit this article to read this encouraging story...

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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.


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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