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Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis shares his thoughts on subjects including vocations, prophesising and formations

A Sister makes her final profession (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Vocations to religious life in England and Wales have tripled in just eight years. Here are four reasons why

Missionaries of Charity at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Vocations to religious life in England and Wales are at their highest level since 1995

Catholic ordinations have been in steady decline for decades (CNS)

New statistics show marked decline from 1960s

Ordinations to the priesthood have reportedly reached a ten-year high (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

National Office for Vocation reports rise in numbers of people entering religious life

Jimmy Cricket, left, in 2003 with the manager of Rochdale football club (Photo: PA)

Frankie Mulgrew, to be ordained a priest next year, will minister to athletes at the Olympics this summer

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education

Cardinal says ‘the strongest candidates grow in hostile environments’

Men ordained to the diaconate in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur)

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years

A Sister makes her final profession (Photo: Mazur)

Last year there were 17 new recruits in England and Wales, up from six in 2009

The band ooberfuse performed at World Youth Day last year

The band ooberfuse have composed a ‘dubstep’ soundtrack for the Church’s new vocations framework