SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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December 21, 2017
Choosing these 10 was a real struggle
December 21, 2017
An exclusive extract from Princess Michael of Kent's new book
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The harried English Catholic community stuck to its Christmas traditions, from carols to wild merry-making
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The closer you are to the original text, the closer you are to the original meaning
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The opera singer Andrea Bocelli talks about his childhood blindness, singing for Pope Francis - and why's he's careful about his wine intake
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December 21, 2017
Exactly nine months before Christmas Day we celebrated the visit of an angel to a virgin in Nazareth. That young girl was quite unknown to the great and the good of this world, but the angel delivered to her a message which offered the fulfilment of all the promises of the Old Testament and of
December 21, 2017
✣ Ireland could hold abortion referendum in May What happened? Ireland could be an abortion-friendly country as early as next summer, after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he wanted the country’s Eighth Amendment referendum to happen in May. The amendment protects the life of the unborn child. Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee has voted in favour of
December 21, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online Three creative minds helping the homeless At Aleteia, Elizabeth Pardi described three “creative and impressive ways” in which people are helping the homeless. There’s California builder Gregory Kloehn, who makes mobile shelters: simple huts on wheels, constructed from leftover building materials. “It’s a blessing to have my little home,”
December 21, 2017
A museum of artefacts collected by Jesuits over five centuries has opened in Lancashire. The Old Chapel Museum, at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, includes St Thomas More’s hat, a prayer book belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots, and the rope used at the execution of St Edmund Campion. The museum, made possible by the Christian
December 21, 2017
A Marian procession surprised Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street earlier this month. The rosary was prayed, Marian hymns were sung and Our Lady of Walsingham carried aloft as part of a “London mission” organised by St Patrick’s, Soho Square. Lucy McGuinness, volunteer co-ordinator, said reactions from shoppers varied from “joyful” and “curious” to occasionally hostile.
December 21, 2017
The debate over pro-life prayer vigils has come to Parliament, with a committee hearing contrasting evidence from each side. MPs on the home affairs select committee were investigating the vigils in the same week that a fourth council voted to ban them. The hearing came after senior figures from all major parties expressed their concerns.