SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Cindy Wooden

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June 01, 2020
Pope Francis has promulgated a new law intended to prevent corruption and control spending in Vatican City State and Holy See finances
April 30, 2020
The Italian government has permitted the celebration of funerals from May 4, provided mourners follow strict guidelines
April 03, 2020
The 2020 Annuario Pontificio lists it as a 'historic title', but Vatican press office director Matteo Bruni said 'there has been no suppression'
March 22, 2020
Francis invites Christians of every denomination to join together at noon on March 25 to recite the Lord's Prayer
March 20, 2020
Conditions may exist to grant general absolution to the faithful without them personally confessing their sins first, the Vatican said
March 03, 2020
The pools have been closed until further notice
January 15, 2020
The crowds following Jesus during his lifetime said he taught with “authority” because he lived what he preached, Pope Francis has said. “Authority is seen in this: coherence and witness,” the Pope said during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on January 14. In the day’s Gospel reading, Mk
January 03, 2020
Health care professionals always must “promote the dignity and life of each person and reject any compromise in the direction of euthanasia, assisted suicide or suppression of life, even in the case of terminal illness,” Pope Francis has said. “Life is sacred and belongs to God, hence it is inviolable, and no one can claim
December 25, 2019
Christmas night tells each person, no matter how poor or sinful, that they are utterly and totally loved by God, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Jesus’ birth. The grace of God revealed in the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem “is divine love, the love that changes lives, renews history, liberates from
December 16, 2019
Pope Francis blessed hundreds of figurines of the baby Jesus – ranging from tiny plastic figures to life-sized statues – and encouraged children to make sure they have Nativity scenes at home. After reciting the Angelus prayer on December 15, the third Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis did the traditional blessing of the “bambinelli,” or
November 20, 2019
Arriving in Thailand after an 11-hour flight, Pope Francis was greeted by 11 children – one for each of the country’s dioceses. Pope Francis caressed the faces of the shy little ones and reciprocated a hug with the bolder, older girls. All of the children were dressed in traditional costumes and held a Thai flag
November 08, 2019
Bishops from New England have shared with Pope Francis some of the joys, challenges and sufferings of the church in the Northeast and, really, throughout the United States, three of the bishops said. Nearing the end of their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican to pray at the tombs of the apostles and report on
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