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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

Participants at an Invocation weekend at St Mary's College, Oscott (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Let’s hope they put an end to Shine Jesus Shine and X Factor-style retreats

Aim is to ensure every young person has a discernment group to discuss vocations

The Holy Father looks on as a female server presents his zuchetto

Undoing the damage will take time: the sooner the Church starts to clear up the mess, the better