SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
January 26, 2017
January 26, 2017
Fellow volunteers describe Helena Kmieć as a 'model of joyful, humble, boundless service'
January 26, 2017
Sister Agnes Walsh's heroism has long been overlooked – her own family learned the full story only last year
January 26, 2017
Fr John Luke Gregory said Syrians were seeking to return to ordinary life
January 26, 2017
The US president is likely to get an earful, but on one topic he might receive a word of thanks
January 26, 2017
It was something of a mystery why Archbishop Antonio Mennini was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain in 2010. Why did Rome deploy one of its finest troubleshooters to a relatively small and stable Catholic outpost? Archbishop Mennini arrived with an impressive pedigree. He belonged to an old Roman family and his father had served
January 26, 2017
✣ Donald Trump takes office in divided America What happened? Donald Trump took office as the 45th president of the United States. In his inauguration speech, Trump said: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capitol has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.” He promised: “That all changes
January 26, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online The priest who used to live on the street Catholic News Agency told the remarkable story of Fr Claude Paradis, once homeless, now a priest. In an interview with the Montreal magazine Journal Metro, Fr Paradis recalled how he went into a downward spiral after moving to the city and
January 26, 2017
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the papal nuncio to Great Britain, will be transferred to Rome to serve in the Secretariat of State, the department responsible for relations with other states, it was announced last week. Archbishop Mennini, who has been nuncio to Britain for just over six years, will “serve the Holy Father with particular reference
January 26, 2017
Pope Francis spent almost two hours talking to Ireland’s bishops last week, telling them he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms. Pope Francis set aside a feature of bishops’ ad limina visits that began with Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading
January 26, 2017
Two members of Pope Francis’s commission on child protection have clashed over the effectiveness of recent reforms. The psychiatrist Baroness Hollins said that the Pope’s new procedures for hearing cases against bishops were an important step. But Peter Saunders, the founder of Napac (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood), said Francis had “done
January 26, 2017
Pope Francis has told Lutheran pilgrims from Finland that Martin Luther’s intention 500 years ago “was to renew the Church, not divide her”. The Pope was speaking to an Evangelical Lutheran delegation led by Archbishop Kari Mäkinen of Turku, which visits Rome each year during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He said: “True
January 26, 2017
A Franciscan friar who visited the Syrian city of Aleppo last week has said that the devastation there is beyond what people can imagine. Fr John Luke Gregory, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Rhodes in Greece, said it was “like a whole suburb of London completely flattened. You can’t imagine the devastation. It’s not
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