SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016
Anti-Christian prejudice among Muslims is a very bad advertisement for their faith
May 26, 2016
Cardinal Capovilla 'kept alive the legacy of Pope John'
May 26, 2016
Controversial passages of the exhortation follow previous writings by Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández
May 26, 2016
A celebration of the encyclical Centesimus Annus turned the worker into a subject of state policy rather than an economic agent
May 26, 2016
A few years ago St Augustine's, Ramsgate, had just one Mass a week. Today the restored shrine welcomes 10,000 visitors a year
May 26, 2016
Fr Douglas Al-Bazi's torturers asked him why he wasn't afraid of death. He told them: 'For me, death is the beginning. But for you it is the end'
May 26, 2016
✣ Highlights from the week online The SSPX paradox In an interview with the National Catholic Register, the head of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) has said Rome is becoming “more lenient” towards the traditionalist society. It was, Bishop Bernard Fellay noted, “paradoxical” that the Vatican should be friendly while the SSPX continued
May 26, 2016
A fortnight ago I wrote about St John Paul’s social teaching in the light of the dramatic events of May 13, 1981, when he was shot in St Peter’s Square. The topic bears revisiting as May 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, John Paul’s third and final social encyclical, itself marking the centenary
May 26, 2016
Pugin’s church of St Augustine in Ramsgate became a shrine in 2012. It is now the official place to honour the coming of Christianity from Rome to the Anglo-Saxon people with the mission of St Augustine. In a stunning location overlooking the sea, the shrine is near to where St Augustine first landed in AD
May 26, 2016
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said that either Pope Francis or his successor will visit Ireland. The visit could be in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. Archbishop Martin said that when he discussed the issue of visiting Ireland with the Pontiff, Pope Francis said: “I will come,” and added, ‘‘If I don’t
May 26, 2016
The Catholic Church in England and Wales remains a community dominated by cradle Catholics rather than converts, according to a new study. The report says that Catholics have the strongest retention rate of any Christian denomination in England and Wales – 55.8 per cent of cradle Catholics still identify as Catholic. But the Church also
May 26, 2016
It’s 1998 and a young Iraqi, Douglas Al-Bazi, is being ordained to the priesthood in a joyous ceremony. Fast-forward nine years: the priest is chained to a chair, lathered in sweat and blood, lost in an abyss of pain. The allied invasion of Iraq began in April 2003 and Saddam Hussein was soon ousted. But
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