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Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests

As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives 1. Fr Andrew Apostoli Fr Andrew Apostoli was a leader in the founding of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a strict order that lives the austere Franciscan life to the letter. They seek






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Pope Francis expose the reason why vocations are on the decline

Why are so many people forsaking or eschewing religious life? This is the question Pope Francis addressed during the plenary meeting of the Congregation for Consecrated Life at the Vatican. Historically, the church had no problem filling its seminaries, cloisters and abbeys with monks and nuns and other religious. It was a respected life, and






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My dream for my kids: celibacy

As a husband and father of two, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren Few passages in Holy Writ ring true like St Paul’s lines in 1 Corinthians about not being able to get a proper look at our own reflections. When I was a teenager, I told anyone who would listen that my






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He was a runner for the Japanese mafia. Now he’s a Catholic priest.

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Fr. Donald Calloway could give St. Augustine a run for his money, in terms of dramatic conversion stories. In a recent Vimeo video produced by Spirit Juice Studios and the Knights of Columbus, Fr. Calloway recalled his radical transformation from atheist, drug-addicted high school dropout to Catholic priest. The child of a military family, Donald






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Former Manchester United footballer to be a Dominican priest

You might have heard of Phil Mulryne, a Manchester United footballer who’s shared the field with David Beckham and brought fame to Ireland with 27 caps – international appearances – in his athletic career. But now, Mulryne is setting aside his jersey to pursue the vocation of a Catholic Dominican priest. “This for me was






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Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisers’

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The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’ The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, according to a Vatican statement released today. But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014






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‘I receive the Body of Christ through their hands’: Mark Wahlberg says he’s praying for priestly vocations

The actor said he had known many good and holy priests and hoped future generations would too Mark Wahlberg has praised the priests he has known, and said he is praying for new vocations to the priesthood in America. In a Facebook video message to the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, which is meeting this week, the






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Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisors’

The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’ The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, according to a Vatican statement released today. But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014






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Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood

The Church may soon consider again considering married men for ordination to the priesthood. In some areas, the demand for sacraments is greater than the number of priests available to administer them. Historically, the Catholic Church has ordained married men to the diaconate and the priesthood. The decision for celibacy is made before the first






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