SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Tommaso Pozzi

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June 10, 2021
Cover image: Primatial Cathedral of Bogotá, Colombia, by Bernard Gagnon – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0   The Bishops of Colombia will renew the country’s consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as an expression “of the fervent yearning of the Catholic Church for unity, peace, and reconciliation in Colombia.” Cardinal Rubén Salazar, the Archbishop
May 28, 2021
“The Holy See's envoys will gain an overall picture of the Archdiocese’s complex pastoral situation and at the same time examine any errors committed by Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, as well as by the Archbishop of Hamburg, Archbishop Stefan Hesse, and the auxiliaries (of Cologne), Bishops Dominikus Schwaderlapp and Ansgar Puff, regarding cases of sexual abuse.”
May 18, 2021
The Vatican on Monday announced the resignation of Bishop Joseph Banga Bane, just two days shy of the Congolese prelate’s sixty-fourth birthday. Pope John Paul II named Joseph Banga Bishop of the Diocese of Buta in 1995 when he was just 38 years old. Just last month, Bishop Banga celebrated the silver jubilee of his
May 14, 2021
In his address for the opening of the General States of Birth, Pope Francis confronted the issue head on, noting that the Italy has long had the lowest birth rate in Europe. In 2020, Italy saw the fewest number of births since national unification in the 19th century. Although young people want to have children, the Pope said, “their dreams of life, buds of rebirth for the country, clash with a demographic winter that is still cold and dark: only half of young people believe they will be able to have two children in their lifetime.”
May 12, 2021
Bishop Jan Tyrawa by Krzysztof Mizera — own work — CC BY-SA 4.0   Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of Jan Tyrawa, the bishop of Bydgoszcz in northern Poland, following an investigation into allegations of covering up clerical sexual abuse of minors. In accordance with its usual practice, the Press Office of the
May 06, 2021
The Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts at St Mary’s University in Twickenham (England) has announced the subject of this year’s third annual essay writing contest. The competition invites Year 12 students in English and Welsh schools to prepare an essay on the topic: “The Bible is the supreme authority for Christians.” Now in its
May 03, 2021
One modifies the General Regulations of the Roman Curia in an attempt to discourage and curtail corruption. The other allows Cardinals and Bishops to be tried for criminal offences by lower-level Vatican Courts.
May 03, 2021
Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld and six others at an Ordinary Public Consistory held at the Vatican on Monday. De Foucauld is noted for his life as a hermit among the Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert in French North Africa. Although he became an agnostic as
April 27, 2021
The Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection is set to become “The Institute of Anthropology. Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care,” which will be known by the initials IADC.
April 26, 2021
Pope Francis has called an Ordinary Public Consistory to consider seven causes for canonization, including that of Blessed Charles de Foucauld. At the Consistory, set for Monday, May 3, Cardinals resident in Rome or who are present in city will vote on whether to proceed with the canonizations of the Blesseds. The Vatican has noted
April 26, 2021
The Nuncio to Spain says "no one can doubt the credibility of the Church in its statements and activities" with regard to clerical sexual abuse.
April 20, 2021
In a statement issued on Monday, JRS-Kenya “reaffirms the appeal from the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops and recommends that the Government of Kenya exert maximum forethought and caution in this particular time of uncertainty, wisely considering the legal obligations imposed by international law and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Convention.”