SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Howard Kiernan

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January 28, 2020
Pope Francis has co-authored a book of reflections on the life of St John Paul II to be published in Italian. The book, entitled “St John Paul the Great,” is the product of a series of conversations between Pope Francis and Fr Luigi Maria Epicoco which took place from June 2019 to January 2020, according
January 27, 2020
Pope Francis has asked for people to spend a moment in prayer and recollection on Monday for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazi regime murdered 1.1 million people in Auschwitz, many killed in the gas chambers immediately
January 27, 2020
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China. “May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort families and support the great commitment of the Chinese community, already put in place to fight the epidemic,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on January
January 26, 2020
Pope Francis met Saturday with Iraqi President Barham Salih, and discussed the need to secure the future of Iraq’s deep-rooted Christian population. The president and the pontiff spoke privately for about 30 minutes before Sahil met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States. A Vatican
January 25, 2020
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re has been elected the new dean of the College of Cardinals with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as vice-dean. Re, 85, will serve a five-year term under the new term limits created by Pope Francis in a motu proprio issued on December 21. Previously, cardinal dean, considered “first among equals,” was a position
December 19, 2019
The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and set it aflame; however, in 2020 the Syriac Catholic cathedral will be restored as Iraq’s largest Christian community fights to rebuild and regain what was lost. “It is a very significant church because it was