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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.

The ordinations of Matt O'Gorman and Mark Higgins (Flickr/Archdiocese of Southwark)

Fr Matthew O’Gorman, Fr Mark Higgins and Fr James Cadman were former pupils at a south London school and have all been ordained this year

Syrian women light candles before attending a prayer service at the Melkite Catholic patriarchate in Damascus (CNS)

Fr Antoine Boutros and his driver have not been seen since July 12

Fr Dall'Oglio was asked to leave Syria but couldn't bear to desert the count country he loved. (CNS)

Six clergy have vanished without trace since the Syrian conflict erupted. Many fear the worst, but we must never give up hope that they will be found

A painting of St Philip Neri

Today is the feast day of St Philip Neri, a priest who gave spiritual direction in unconventional ways

The Vocation Network for Catholic Religious Life and Priesthood website

Vocation Network will make it easier for people to select an order

The statement on the group's website

American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold ‘Church discipline’ on sacraments

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

Pope Francis holds the hands of one of the 19 new priests he ordained during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (Giorgio Onorati/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis presides over the ordinations of 19 priests for the diocese of Rome on Sunday at St Peter’s Basilica

A banner depicting St John Paul II hanging from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

A saint for beleaguered priests

A love for priests was a vital part of St John Paul II’s pontificate