THE ARCHBISHOP of Mexico City, the most populated archdiocese in the world, recently launched an archdiocesan vocational campaign aimed at having 500 students in the local seminary for the year 2000.

The campaign, officially announced by Archbishop Norberto Rivera in late August, will help the archdiocese acquire “wise and holy pastors to shepherd our people in the next millennium.

“With 500 seminarians, we will be ready to form the new generation of priests that our people need,” he said.

According to Archbishop Rivera, the new priests are necessary “not only because of the increasing population, but because of the numerous challenges the current society poses to Catholics,” including the rise of sects. (Alejandro Bermudez)