SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
December 01, 2015
December 01, 2015
The way Vatican news is reported in the mainstream media has changed drastically since the arrival of Francis
December 01, 2015
Pope Francis has spoken out about the 'erosion of the faith' in Germany, while showing clear support for Africa's Church of the poor
December 01, 2015
Last month 130 people, mostly young, were murdered in Paris – many times the number of victims in the attacks in the city last January. Recently there have been fatal attacks in Tunisia, Sinai and Mali, adding to a list of terrorist attacks in recent years by so-called Islamists. Attacks have occurred at ever-decreasing intervals.
December 01, 2015
Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Sun: Mass for 150th Anniversary of Notre Dame de France, London, 11am. Tue: Celebrates 50th Anniversary of becoming a Parish of the Diocese of Westminster, Immaculate Conception, 7pm. Wed: Meeting with Bishops’ Conference Staff, London, 10am, Governance Meeting followed by Dedication of New Altar, Allen Hall Seminary, 3pm. Thu: Cardinal Hume Centre
December 01, 2015
This is not a good time to be a Muslim in the Western world. As the violence perpetrated by radical Islamist groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram becomes more and more prevalent, huge numbers of people are becoming paranoid about, and even openly hostile towards, the Islamic religion, seeing all Muslims as a
December 01, 2015
Stoking the fire in the ‘intra-Catholic’ wars SIR – How thoughtful of George Weigel (Cover story, November 27) not only to decry the “intra-Catholic wars”, but to give us such a vivid example of this sad phenomenon – in his own article. Catholics are divided into camps, and the ones with the temerity to disagree with
December 01, 2015
Cryptic across 1 Bread abstainer’s making sandwich with is type for dipping (7) 5 He foresaw mineral wealth ultimately (5) 8 Paul’s letter they read is fair representation of saint (9) 9 West German capital list rejected somewhere near Jerusalem (3) 10 NT book’s contracted about one of the deacons (5) 12 Film-makers lie around
December 01, 2015
1 Students at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby have handed over more than 150 Christmas shoeboxes to the local Rotary Club.   2 Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Great Manchester, unveils its “buddy bench”, aimed at eliminating loneliness and fostering friendship in the playground.   3 A student ambassador at St
December 01, 2015
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, December 6: Second Sunday of Advent Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6 Monday, December 7: St Ambrose Is 35:1-10; Ps 85; Mt 4:18-22 Tuesday, December 8: Immaculate Conception Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38 Wednesday, December 9: Weekday of Advent, St Juan
December 01, 2015
I wish someone had warned me that jigsaws could be such an emotional rollercoaster. It all began harmlessly enough when my daughter set up a camping table in our living room, tipped out a puzzle and frowned at the mountain of pieces. She asked me for help, and when I took a seat next to
December 01, 2015
The Scripture readings for Advent are my favourite of the whole ecclesial year; that is to say, I find they most easily stir me to prayer. Perhaps that is because they are among the most poetic. By this, I mean that the language works on several levels, of which the literal is not always the
December 01, 2015
There I was, repairing this fiddly little gadget, when I lost my screwdriver. I knew I had used it not a minute before, but it had disappeared. Frustrated, I asked my wife if she had seen it. Within a second she picked it up from the very spot where I had put it down. How
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