Why do priests wear a chasuble at Mass? And what’s a chasuble?

The Roman casula went out of style ages ago, but the Church held on to it through the centuries. When attending Mass, you’ll always see the priest wearing a distinctive garment unlike anything in modern-day fashion. It typically has some sort of embellishment or symbol on it, and comes in several different colors. What is… Continue reading Why do priests wear a chasuble at Mass? And what’s a chasuble?

Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Prayer, reparation and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation for the sins of priests. “It was never our predetermined plan to come to Ireland,” Silverstream Priory’s Father Benedict Anderson, O.S.B., told CNA. “But we believe that, through circumstances that we could never have foreseen,… Continue reading Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Pope Francis did not say priests may someday marry: This regard the latest Rumors

News outlets are proclaiming that Pope Francis is about to relax the rules on married priests, possibly opening the door to allowing priests to wed. The only problem with these reports is they are fake news. Pope Francis gave an interview to Die Zeit in which the topic of married priests was discussed. Unfortunately, the… Continue reading Pope Francis did not say priests may someday marry: This regard the latest Rumors

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… Continue reading Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests

Pope Francis criticises self-righteous clerics

The Pope said there is a ‘spirit of clericalism’ in those priests who ‘feel superior and distance themselves from the people’ Clerics who are self-righteous and over-intellectualise religion can end up hurting and ostracising sinners who do repent, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. Such priests uphold their own rules and “erase the law… Continue reading Pope Francis criticises self-righteous clerics

'I called him personally and begged his forgiveness' – Missionary of Mercy has important message for priests

Having spent the Holy Year fulfilling his mandate as one of Pope Francis’ Missionaries of Mercy, Fr. John Paul Zeller has some advice for his fellow priests when it comes to forgiveness and the sacrament of Confession. “We need courageous priests that preach and teach clearly about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings… Continue reading 'I called him personally and begged his forgiveness' – Missionary of Mercy has important message for priests

Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

The Pope also extended his decree that allows SSPX priests to hear valid confessions Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion, extending special permission he had granted them in 2015 for the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy. Francis wrote in Misericordia et misera, an apostolic letter concluding the Year… Continue reading Pope extends priests’ special permission to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

'Will women ever be priests?' Read Pope Francis' response as a reporter attempts to surprise him

Pope Francis has made it clear, Saint John Paul II still rules when it comes to the question of women priests. Following an ecumenical service with members of the Lutheran Church, a reporter asked Pope Francis if he thought women might serve as Catholic priests and bishops. Pope Francis made this reply, “St. Pope John… Continue reading 'Will women ever be priests?' Read Pope Francis' response as a reporter attempts to surprise him

Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

Pope Francis stood before St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday to proclaim the Church has accepted into its fold seven new Saints. Beautiful tapestry portraits of each new saint hung from St. Peter’s Basilica above the main square, where Pope Francis spoke to pilgrims and introduced each new Saint. Radio Vatican estimated about 80,000 people were… Continue reading Two martyrs, four priests and a mystic nun sainted by Pope Francis

A Plea To Save Lives and Souls

This is not a political post. It is a moral exhortation, a plea to save human lives and souls! Speaking the Truth should not be a rarity in the pulpits of our country. Since the salvation of souls is the primary purpose of the Catholic Church’s existence, Truth should be an ever-present pulpit visitor. Nothing… Continue reading A Plea To Save Lives and Souls

Mexico: The world’s most dangerous place to be a priest

Dozens of priests have either died or vanished without trace in the country in the past 25 years Fr Gregorio López Gorostieta thought he had done enough to stay safe on the night of December 21, 2014. He had spent a long day celebrating Masses and overseeing a religious festival at the cathedral of Ciudad… Continue reading Mexico: The world’s most dangerous place to be a priest

Two priests found dead after being kidnapped in Mexico

Prosecutors say the two men were kidnapped on Sunday in the city of Poza Rica Two priests were found dead Monday, hours after they were abducted in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The Veracruz state prosecutors’ office said the two men were kidnapped Sunday in the northern Veracruz city of Poza Rica. Their bodies… Continue reading Two priests found dead after being kidnapped in Mexico

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… Continue reading Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting. Msgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, secretary general of the French Bishops Conference, discussed the decision July 26. “What happened in France had happened in other countries before, and actually we see… Continue reading French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Bishop Mark Davies speaks about the “Reality of the Eucharist”

The Rt. Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury in a sermon preached at the annual Mass of Chrism told priests that new vocations to the priesthood can only be found through recognizing the “reality of the Eucharist” and its intimate link with the ministerial priesthood. During the Mass of sacred Chrism, an event at which… Continue reading Bishop Mark Davies speaks about the “Reality of the Eucharist”

Pope to Priests and Religious, "The school of prayer is the school of life"

During his homily at Mass on Tuesday February 16,  the Pope spoke to the clergy, men and women religious, and seminarians. Admonishing them he said that resignation is one of the devils favorite weapons, “A resignation which paralyzes us and prevents us not only from walking, but also from making the journey,” he said. Below,… Continue reading Pope to Priests and Religious, "The school of prayer is the school of life"

Fake Catholic Priest exposed in L. A

Erwin Mena have been posing as a Catholic priest at St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Highland Park, in a visit to cover for the original Parish who was on vacation, according to police reports. Mena have succeeded so far in conning most Southern California Catholics into buying his religious CDs and books and deceived many parishioners into buying… Continue reading Fake Catholic Priest exposed in L. A