SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
September 25, 2020
Reading English at Warwick University, I understood that poetry inspires and moves but I did not immediately recognise it as prayerful. Yet a brief scan of the breviary reveals how the Daily Office is bookmarked with poetic gems from George Herbert, John Donne and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) would be a welcome female
September 25, 2020
The televised final of Myanmar’s Got Talent last year featured a mesmerising performance by Erasmus – the stage name of the American magician Angelo Stagnaro. Erasmus began his act by randomly selecting a volunteer: he did this by throwing 10 paper aeroplanes into the audience, one of which contained a message to come to the
September 25, 2020
Nearly 700 Protestant ministers have written to political leaders urging them not to suspend Christian worship again
September 25, 2020
President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will issue a “Born Alive Executive Order” will “provide necessary legal protections for some of the most vulnerable in society,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “These steps had to be taken,” she said, “because some Democrats in the Senate promised to
September 25, 2020
Legal experts have pushed back after a Catholic commentator said it is reasonable for the Senate to question potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s membership in the People of Praise, a charismatic covenant community based in South Bend, Indiana. Barrett, a federal judge and professor at Notre Dame Law School, is widely reported to
September 24, 2020
Cardinal Angelo Becciu has been mired in controversy for years, and received the red hat in 2018.
September 24, 2020
Iraqi priests have warned that the latest Turkish military attacks in northern Iraq are displacing Christians and exacerbating a precarious security situation
September 24, 2020
Sister Norma Pimentel, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley, was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2020
September 24, 2020
A relic of St Pope John Paul II was stolen from a cathedral in central Italy.
September 24, 2020
A Dutch cardinal has said that the Netherlands shows that once euthanasia is legalized safeguards are slowly but inevitably abandoned
September 24, 2020
Chaldean Archbishop Najib Mikhael Moussa of Mosul was nominated for the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
September 24, 2020
V2 By Robert Harris, Hutchinson, 312pp, £20 Robert Harris’s new novel starts with a bang. A young WAAF called Kay Caton-Walsh is in a flat in Warwick Court, central London, rearranging her smalls after a tumble with her married lover when a V2 bomb lands next door and, wham, blows everything up. The lover, injured,