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Priests lay hands on candidates during their ordination at the Co-Cathedral of St Joseph in Brooklyn last June (Photo: CNS)

Nearly 600 Americans are expected to be ordained to the priesthood this year

Pope Francis presides at the Chrism Mass in St Peter's Basilica  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Holy Father urges clergy of Rome diocese not to ‘flirt with spiritual worldliness’

Oils are prepared for the Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Clifton 
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

I was struck by all the people, some still to be born, who would experience the anointing with oil over the coming year

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

In Chrism Mass homily the Holy Father urges priests not to give in to weariness

Canon Philip Gillespie, the new rector of the Beda College (Flickr/Mazur)

New Beda College rector announced

The Congregation for the Clergy has appointed Canon Philip Gillespie as Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

Paschal Uche (second left) welcomes Pope Benedict XVI, on behalf of Britain's young people, as the Pope sit on the steps of Westminster Cathedral, in central London, after celebrating Mass (Photo: PA)

Mr Uche has been accepted for seminary training by Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood.

Pope Francis hugs a newly ordained priest (Photo: PA)

Pope prayed privately with the 10 men before ordaining them to the priesthood

In years to come priests may live in communities instead of on their own (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Or are parishes more effective with one lone priest fully immersed in the life of his flock?

Fr Apostoli preaches at a Mass marking the end of preliminary research into the life of Archbishop Sheen (CNS)

As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives