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New statistics show marked decline from 1960s

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

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

Cardinal says ‘the strongest candidates grow in hostile environments’

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years

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

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

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

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