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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

St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland's national seminary (Photo: PA)

New candidates bring the total number at Maynooth to 70

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope encourages Christians to be passionate for “the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel” in message for World Mission Sunday

Three men ordained as priests by Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Figures show a rise in vocations since the early to mid-2000s

We need more of these (CNS)

Let us hope other dioceses open their own houses of discernment

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