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Pope Francis waves after attending a conference on narcotics at the Vatican last week (AP)

The Pope said vocations exist, but need to be proposed in the right way

Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Entourage (PA)

The actor said he had known many good and holy priests and hoped future generations would too

Bishop Mark O'Toole has asked the laity to pray the Rosary once a week (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Mark O’Toole has written to the faithful urging them to do more to encourage vocations

Visiting nuns venerate the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux at Westminster Cathedral (PA)

She never had any children, but as a dormitory mistress she lavished her maternal gifts on us

Hundreds of young people attend the regular Youth Vigils at the monastery

A hot spot for spirituality

A Viennese monastery famous for its chart-topping chant album is also breaking records for vocations. What is the secret of its success?

Oksana Vydash holds her goddaughter Veronika Victoria Shalai during her baptism at St Mary's Assumption Ukrainian Catholic Church in St Louis (CNS)

The new figures have been revealed in the 2016 Vatican yearbook

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, looks on as Pope Francis holds up his prepared talk and begins to speak off the cuff during an audience with religious at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis spoke at an event to mark the close of the Year for Consecrated Life

Eve Tushnet's book contains many insights about the single life

‘Gay and Catholic’ is an ‘honest, humble, humorous and courageous’ memoir

The Vocation Network for Catholic Religious Life and Priesthood website

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

The Born to Run album cover. The Dominicans' vocations poster is at the bottom of the post

Dominicans’ vocations director says the poster is an ‘attempt to do something fresh’