SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
February 22, 2021
British charity The Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) found that 30% of the poorest countries privately owed debts, not including bonds, are owned by firms based in the UK.
February 22, 2021
Myanmar's Catholic bishops have renewed pleas for dialogue in the midst of ongoing unrest. They also reflected on the promise that November elections had inspired, before a military coup d’état earlier this month disrupted national life and sent the country spiralling into crisis.
February 22, 2021
Myanmar's military rulers have threatened protesters with deadly force following calls for a general strike to oppose the coup instigated on 1st February.
February 22, 2021
"Was there a clear call to the religious life, and if so did that entail becoming a Roman Catholic? Monasticism in the Anglican context was a reality, often an impressive one, but was it really rooted in the day-to-day practice of the Anglican Church? Looking back now, what comes most clearly into focus is that the Roman Catholics with whom I discussed this never exerted the least pressure; and I think of them as setting out to help me be a better Christian rather than to secure a convert."
February 22, 2021
Houthi rebels in Yemen have continued their advance on the government’s northern stronghold of Marib after the Biden administration cuts aid to Saudi-backed coalition.
February 22, 2021
CNA Staff, Feb 20, 2021 / 03:11 pm MT (CNA).- A group of Catholic women in France has launched a manifesto to underscore the “beauty of the women's specific vocation.”
February 21, 2021
Most of the changes are technical and procedural, and – as my friend, John Allen Jr, rightly noted – are designed to dispel or at least mitigate the impression, general among Vatican insiders, that “Vatican Justice” is heavily weighted against defendants, who are typically laymen and laywomen or clergy of the lower ranks.
February 20, 2021
Active Catholics can look down on the "slackers," like those who go to the "utility Mass" on Sunday evening, for just barely fulfilling their obligation. Some ask why they even bother going.
February 20, 2021
With the positions of archpriest and vicar general, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti was also appointed president of the Fabric of St. Peter, the office responsible for maintenance of the basilica.
February 20, 2021
A communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See said the visit lasted about an hour.
February 20, 2021
A single line from the Press Office of the Holy See announced the news on Saturday morning.
February 20, 2021
George Spencer (1799–1864), son of the 2nd Earl Spencer, was first an Anglican priest. He converted to Catholicism to become a Catholic priest and eventually became a Passionist, taking the name of Ignatius. he worked tirelessly as a missionary in the service of Christian unity. In decrees signed on Friday, Pope Francis recognised the priest's "heroic virtues" and declared him Venerable.