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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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Be as uncompromising as St Thomas Becket, Cardinal Nichols tells priests

Cardinal Vincent Nichols encouraged priests to persevere in their ministry despite distressing circumstances, during his homily yesterday for the Jubilee of Priests at Santa Maria Regina degli Apostoli alla Montagnola in Rome. The cardinal said: “A priest who is always complaining about his troubles, about his lack of free time, about his lack of money,






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Women and the Priesthood

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Can women be ordained to the priesthood? This is a question which provokes much debate in our modern world, but it is one to which the Church has always answered “No.” The basis for the Church’s teaching on ordination is found in the New Testament as well as in the writings of the Church Fathers.






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