SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Desmond O'Grady

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January 13, 2021
Armenia and Azerbaijan reached an agreement this week to work together for the development of Nagorno-Karabakh -- an ethnically Armenian region -- which has been a major theatre in several conflicts, including the war the countries fought last year. The Armenian Ambassador to the Holy See, Garen Nazarian, spoke with the Catholic Herald late last year to provide the Armenian view of the most recent war with Azerbaijan, which broke out last September.
February 14, 2019
The #MeToo movement arrived in the Vatican with Lucetta Scaraffia, the founding editor of the monthly magazine Donne Chiesa Mondo (Women Church World), which is distributed with its daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Its February issue denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by priests. In a sign of the magazine’s influence, journalists questioned Pope Francis about
January 03, 2019
Cardinal Angelo Scola was considered a front runner at the last papal election. After the white smoke appeared, the Italian bishops’ conference mistakenly put out a communiqué congratulating him on his election. But he remained the man who, as the old line has it, entered the conclave as pope and left it as cardinal. Now
December 20, 2018
Barbara Jatta, the first woman to direct the Vatican Museums in their 512-year history, says that she grew up amid the smells of solvent. Her father was a lawyer but, she pointed out when I met her at the Vatican, “it’s more important to my career that my mother is a painter – as was
September 13, 2018
Archaeologists have discovered remarkable physical evidence of Constantine’s defining victory at the Milvian Bridge A few years ago, an open-air food market I frequented near the Milvian Bridge in Rome was moved a short distance to a covered site where it is part of a shopping complex. Only recently I discovered the archaeological importance of
September 28, 2017
The Vatican Bank is well along the path to transparency, says René Brülhart. His opinion matters because he’s president of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF), which oversees the bank’s progress towards international standards. Brülhart has been called “the James Bond of international finance”, not only because of his swarthy good looks and elegance but
April 24, 2017
Six scholars gave talks on aspects of Amoris Laetitia and its aftermath
April 20, 2017
Peter and Paul are attracting new interest in Rome. A multimedia museum, based on a decade of research, restoration work and recent archaeological findings, has been opened in what was once their prison. It stands in the Roman Forum near the end of the route ancient armies took to celebrate victories. Captured enemies were displayed