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Vocation Congress held in Colombia

By St. John of God - Colombian Website on 07-Aug-12 11:59.

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The Fifth National Congress for Vocations took place in Ceja, Antioquia, Colombia in July. Vocation Directors from all over Colombia were present at the Congress. The theme of the Congress were the four tasks of vocation animation: ploughing, planting, cultivating and harvesting.

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Spanish Olympic Athlete to Enter Seminary after London Games

By Catholic News Agency on 04-Aug-12 23:36.

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Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest.

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Pope Encourages Youth to Evangelize, Walk with Christ

By Deseret News on 06-Apr-12 22:17.

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With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is praying this August that young people will engage in evangelization. “That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” the official Vatican statement from July 31 says.

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New Book Uges Radical Rethink on Priesthood

By Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland on 10-May-11 20:02.

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"Where Do We Go From Here: The Crisis in Irish Catholicism," by Fr Brendan Hoban, one of the founders of the Association of Catholic Priests, calls for a return of the tradition of ordaining ‘viri probati’- men who have proven their worth in terms of their standards and values, and may be married or unmarried.

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From Speed Skating to Religious Life

By Ann Schneible Zenit on 30-Jul-12 10:18.

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With the London summer Olympics commencing today, a former Olympian – now a sister with the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England – shared her journey toward answering the call to the religious life.

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Cork Christian Brother's Bid for Gold

By Sean Ryan CI News on 29-Jul-12 09:19.

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A County Cork born Christian Brother is gunning for gold this week as he bids to produce another Olympic Gold medallist. A small Kenyan village in the Great Rift Valley has become a production line of running talent, thanks to Mallow born Patrician Brother Colm O'Connell who has worked there for the past 36 years.

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World Conference of Secular Institutes Annual Meeting focuses on Vocation of Lay Women and Men

By Zenit on 27-Jul-12 21:27.

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The Congress of the World Conference of Secular Institutes concluded its annual meeting in Assisi today where a new executive council and president have been elected. In his message ot the Conference, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the particular vocation of consecrated lay women and men, which is rooted and centered in Christ, but lived within wider society.

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Echoes of Eucharistic Congress Continue

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 27-Jul-12 08:02.

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At the final Mass of the Congress, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said, “We must go away from here with a renewed passion for the Eucharist. We must go away with a renewed love the Church. Referring to October when Pope Benedict will inaugurate the Year of Faith, he suggested that this can be a programme for us as we move forward from the Eucharistic Congress.

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Austrian Vocations Campaign Takes to the Streets

By By Deacon Greg Kandra on 25-Jul-12 19:10.

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Eighty large billboards and 300 smaller electric placards are being mounted in the province of 1.6 million people. One depicts a priest, a deacon and a nun flanked by other church workers. Another shows laymen and women. Larger than life, their gaze is serene, their message simple: “The Mission. Those who give all receive even more.”

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New DVD Produced by St. John of God Brothers in Czech Republic

By on 24-Jul-12 22:28.

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The St. John of God Brothers in the Czech Republic recently produced a DVD entitled “The Brothers of Mercy in Bohemia and Moravia”. The DVD traces the history of the St. John of God Order in the Czech Republic, with special emphasis on the ministry of the Brothers during the Communist period.

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Archbishop Longley Encourages Discerners at Opening of Invocation 2012

By on 09-Jul-12 22:03.

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Archbishop Bernard Longley presided and preached at Solemn Vespers in the chapel of St Mary’s College, Oscott, at the start of Invocation 2012, the Third Youth International Discernment Festival, yesterday evening, Friday, 6 July. Archbishop Longley said: “Be still. Our modern word ‘still’, or ‘stillness’, has its roots in a very old English verb ‘stillan’ which means in a literal sense to be ‘fixed’ or to ‘stand’. We might at first think that being still simply means being quiet, or motionless; but this is a rather passive understanding of stillness. In a deeper, more active sense, being still is also about being firm, being strong in our faith and in being at home with ourselves, in our body, and in our soul.”

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Deacons, Sisters, Laity and Even Athlete-Priests to be Olympic Chaplains

By Simon Caldwell, Catholic News Service on 08-Jul-12 19:16.

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Overall, there will be 190 chaplains to serve followers of the world's religions at the Olympics. The number of Catholic chaplains is expected to increase to 24 when the teams of such countries as Italy and Poland bring their own chaplains with them.

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Young Indigenous Religious Ready to Carry on Missions

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 08-Jul-12 18:54.

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“The Minister of State for Trade and Development made some interesting and positive comments about missionary development work, how it fits into the Irish aid programme, and the need to support local missionaries in developing countries who are taking over from the Irish born missionaries,” Matt Moran, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart told ciNews about the AGM of Misean Cara which supports the work of missionaries abroad.

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Men's Catholic Household Fosters Vocations

By JOSEPH PRONECHEN - NCR on 08-Jul-12 18:35.

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Located in historic downtown Charleston within walking distance of everything, including St. Mary’s Cathedral, Drexel House is home to young men ages 20 to 35 who live a Catholic life in community as they discern where they’re being called by God.

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Youth Relay for Knock Summer Festival

By Sean Ryan CI News on 07-Jul-12 19:37.

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A number of young people from dioceses in the West of Ireland are to take part in a special walking relay from Lough Derg in County Donegal to Knock in County Mayo later this month. The young people from the dioceses of Clogher, Raphoe, Kilmore, Elphin, Achonry and Tuam, will carry a penal cross and flame with them on their walk, to demonstrate that young people are fanning the flame of faith.

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