Tag Archives: Priesthood

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis. At least eight priests in Ireland have committed suicide in the past 10 years, according to recent reports given at meetings of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), and many priests are sounding the alarm about a severe dip

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Could priests be incardinated into ecclesial movements?

The last meeting of the head of dicasteries of the Roman Curia took place last May 29. Among other issues, the meeting discussed the possibility of priests being incardinated directly into ecclesial movements rather than into a diocese. Pope Francis made the issue a central topic of his regular meeting with the head of dicasteries,

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Pope Francis: I am always joyful when I see young priests

On Thursday Pope Francis spoke with the Vatican department in charge of priests, saying he is always happy when he sees young priests, because they are important for Christ and represent the youthful face of the Church. “I am always joyful when I meet young priests, because in them I see the youth of the

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Pope Francis dismisses from clerical state priest who stole $300k

Pope Francis has dismissed a New Hampshire priest from the clerical state, after the priest was convicted of stealing some $300,000 from the local diocese, a hospital and a deceased priest’s estate. “On February 28, 2017, Pope Francis decreed Edward J. Arsenault dismissed from the clerical state, and dispensed him from all obligations subsequent to

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Why you should attend a Chrism Mass at least once in your life

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I was struck by all the people, some still to be born, who would experience the anointing with oil over the coming year Yesterday evening I went to the Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral. Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which

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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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