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

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

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