SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Cindy Wooden

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October 11, 2019
The Vatican hung banners of the Catholic Church’s soon-to-be canonised saints four days before the Mass that would officially recognize that they are in heaven with God. While the hanging of the banners on October 10 did not coincide with the Mass, it did coincide with the kickoff of exhibits, conferences, prayer vigils and other
October 09, 2019
Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the Church. “The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by
September 26, 2019
While his responsibilities are greater and his prayer list longer, Pope Francis said he’s basically the same person he was before he was elected in 2013, so he still goes to confession every two weeks. “The mere fact that I now dress all in white has not made me any less sinful or holier than
September 23, 2019
Pope Francis has named Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and the other members of his international Council of Cardinals to be voting members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. Releasing the list of synod participants on September 21, the Vatican also noted that the pope had nominated as synod members Bishop Robert
September 08, 2019
Following Jesus means growing in friendship with him and with one’s brothers and sisters, never being content with the way things are, but not just griping about them either, Pope Francis has told young people. Jesus calls his disciples “to be on the move, acting, committed, certain that the Lord is supporting and accompanying them,”
September 08, 2019
God’s plan for humanity involves community, mutual support, sharing and caring for each other and for the earth, Pope Francis has said. “As we look around us, how many men and women, young people and children are suffering and in utter need. This is not part of God’s plan,” he said on September 8, celebrating
September 04, 2019
Pope Francis told a reporter that it is “an honor when Americans attack me.” The pope made his comments to Nicolas Seneze, a reporter from La Croix, the French Catholic daily newspaper, during the flight Sept. 4 from Rome to Maputo, Mozambique. Seneze is author of “Comment l’Amerique veut changer de pape,” which can be
July 14, 2019
The papal vicar for Rome has asked every parish priest in the diocese to form a “pastoral team” of about a dozen “courageous explorers” to help launch a new neighbourhood missionary outreach. “Don’t go looking for those who have shown they are prudent, measured and detail-oriented,” Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar, wrote in
July 12, 2019
Opening the Vatican tombs of a princess and a duchess on July 11 in a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, the Vatican found no human remains at all. “The search had a negative result,” said Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office. “No
July 03, 2019
In what Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople described as a “brave and bold” gesture, Pope Francis gave the patriarch a famous reliquary containing bone fragments believed to belong to St Peter. The only time the bronze reliquary has been displayed publicly was in November 2013, when Pope Francis had it present for public veneration
July 01, 2019
In the light of “a worrying negative prejudice” against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives. The need for the absolute secrecy of confession “comes
May 28, 2019
The Holy Spirit keeps Christians young at heart, supporting them in times of trial and helping them praise God no matter what is going on, Pope Francis said. Celebrating morning Mass May 28, the Pope told the story of a priest who asked a group of children who the Holy Spirit is. They answered, “The
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