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Cross-bearers process into the church during a Christmas Eve mass in 2015 at the Southern Cathedral, an officially-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, China (AP)

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’

Bishop Mar Joseph Srampickal just before his ordination (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Mar Joseph Srampickal will be the bishop attached to the new Syro-Malabar cathedral

Men ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Such actions mean a bishop must intervene before a person can be ordained, according to a new document

The first Solemn Mass of newly ordained Fr James Mawdsley (John Aron)

A human rights activist who spent over a year in a Burmese jail has been ordained to the priesthood

Pope Francis greets a new priest during the ordination Mass of 11 priests in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican  (CNS)

Pope Francis ordained 11 new priests in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing (CNS)

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi says ordinations are example of the government tightening its control over the Church.

Cardinal Vincent oversees the ordination of three former Anglican bishops [PA]

The wonder of ordination

The beautiful call to share in the priesthood is given to a human person wounded by sin

Fr Salvatore Mellone, left, at his ordination

Fr Salvatore Mellone, who was ordained two years early, died on Monday

19 priests lie on the ground during an ordination ceremony in Rome on Sunday  (Giorgio Onorati/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francise warned priests not to be like ‘peacocks’, but there’s nothing wrong with them taking pride in their appearance

Women priests (PA)

The author of Bread Not Stones had a dramatic and unconventional journey to Rome