SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher R. Altieri

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March 27, 2020
Pope Francis invites the world's faithful to pray with him for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and receive the benediction urbi et orbi.
March 26, 2020
Governing the Church is never easy. It is especially difficult when everyone is looking to Rome and to the Pope for guidance he isn’t necessarily in a position to give. What the Pontiff can offer is leadership, and on that count he appears to be opting to lead by example. There will be plenty of
March 26, 2020
The new case takes the number of coronavirus-positive diagnoses inside the Vatican to five.
March 25, 2020
Pope Francis leads Catholics in joining Christians of all Churches and confessions worldwide in praying for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
March 25, 2020
Pope Francis: 'May the Lord hear the united prayer of all of His disciples who are preparing themselves to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ'
March 20, 2020
For Italians under lockdown, it is clear that it's going to be a long slog
March 19, 2020
Pope Francis will join the Italian bishops, along with Catholics throughout Italy, and the faithful throughout the world, in praying the Rosary on Thursday evening, to implore the intercession of Our Lady against the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Pope Francis and the Italian bishops have asked all the faithful throughout the country to pray the Luminous
March 19, 2020
Looking at the way the supreme governor of the Church has managed the coronavirus crisis in Rome, two things are apparent: Pope Francis remains a master of the grand gesture; he also uses the institutional power at his disposal in atypical ways. Francis’s mastery of the grand gesture was amply on display Sunday afternoon, when
March 18, 2020
As we enter Week Two of lockdown, our spirits remain high
March 18, 2020
Francis encourages faithful to reach out to others in new interview
March 15, 2020
The suspension of public liturgies may actually be leading some people back to the faith
March 14, 2020
Kowtowing to the Italian authorities would set a very bad precedent. But obstructionism wouldn't help either.