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Pope Francis' teachings help inspire 'renaissance' among young clergy

Pope Francis' teachings help inspire 'renaissance' among young clergy

One of the most striking sights at the World Meeting of Families here is the number of young priests and nuns, many wearing traditional habits.

“The most frequent question I get is, ‘How old are you?’” said Father Philip Smith, 31, of Toledo, Ohio.

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FOR THE RECORD

An earlier version of this article said that Sister Susan Francis Graham was a member the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The name of the order is the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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Nationwide, of the more than 3,000 men in training to become priests this year, the percentage who are 34 or younger has...

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