SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
January 03, 2022
A law permitting assisted suicide has come into force in Austria in spite of the Catholic bishops warning the nation that it will help to create an era in which “every handicap or disease is seen as a failure that cannot be tolerated”. From New Year’s Day, the law licences doctors to prescribe lethal drugs
January 01, 2022
Twenty-two Catholic missionaries were killed around the world in 2021, half of them in Africa, according to a report released by the Fides News Agency. Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reported that of the 22 missionaries killed in 2021, 13 were priests, two were women religious, one was
January 01, 2022
A Christmas Carol rightly attacked the materialism of old Ebenezer Scrooge, but now materialism is all that counts at New Year
December 30, 2021
St Joseph, who protected his family from the persecution of King Herod, teaches us how to respond to our difficulties with courage and to trust in God’s plan, Pope Francis said. During his weekly public audience, the pope spoke about the contrast between St. Joseph, who acted with courage in the face of hardship and
December 27, 2021
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Boris Johnson not to impose further anti-Covid restrictions on churches in England and Wales. The Archbishop of Westminster insisted that churches were already stringent in taking precautions against the spread of the virus, saying they were “not places where we spread the virus”. The plea from Cardinal Nichols, president of
December 26, 2021
Giving his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis urged leaders to be open to dialogue to resolve the world’s many “conflicts, crises, and disagreements.” Speaking from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square , the pope said that people had become so accustomed to disputes that “by now we hardly
December 26, 2021
Blackbirds might not be social creatures but we are. Life would be vastly improved if, instead of scattering, families kept closer to one another
December 26, 2021
After a year in the job, the Herald’s editor goes back to school, where he highlights the importance of religious journalism
December 26, 2021
Allan White OP reflects on how the young girl’s life-changing visions at Lourdes illustrate how the ‘lowly were exalted’ by God
December 26, 2021
Gertrude Clarke looks at how religion coloured the life and work of JRR Tolkien
December 26, 2021
Fr Robert Verrill looks to St Thomas Aquinas to answer Stephen Hawking’s objection to God
December 26, 2021
If the Assisted Dying Bill returns to parliament and becomes law, who will be protected from compulsory involvement?
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