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Aspiring priests a source of hope

Alf McCreary

By Alf McCreary

The Catholic Church in Ireland has announced that 17 students have begun their studies for the priesthood in Maynooth and elsewhere.

This may seem a small number in the face of challenges to the Church, which include a shortage of priests and an ageing membership.

Given the challenges and continuing bad publicity, it is commendable that these students have committed to this path at such a difficult time.

I wish them well.

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