SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 24, 2017
August 24, 2017
The Pope invoked his 'magisterial authority' in a major speech to Italian liturgists
August 24, 2017
Citizens and foreigners face up to five years in prison for trying to convert someone
August 24, 2017
Around 3,000 families are returning to the Nineveh Plains
August 24, 2017
Alice Thomas Ellis was a novelist, controversialist and party hostess, but above all else a Catholic
August 24, 2017
In May last year President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in the Philippines, riding high on a wave of popular support, promising to wipe out the country’s drug problem. In a country used to broken political promises and chronic misgovernment, Duterte’s populist agenda seemed irresistible; 14 months on, his popularity endures. The president promised a
August 24, 2017
✣ Archbishop: I’d go to jail over confessional seal What happened? Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne said he would go to jail rather than break the seal of Confession. His remarks to ABC Radio Melbourne came after Australia’s royal commission recommended that priests face criminal penalties if they fail to divulge accounts of abuse heard in
August 24, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online A Eucharistic parish grows at speed The Catholic News Service told the story of a San Francisco parish which has transformed itself. Three years after Fr Joseph Illo was appointed at Star of the Sea, Mass attendance and parish membership have both risen by 10 per cent each year.
August 24, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his Irish counterpart that abortion in Ireland should be a considered a “human right”. Mr Trudeau and Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach, addressed the subject at a joint press conference during the Irish leader’s three-day visit to Canada. Mr Varadkar, who is seeking to hold a referendum next year
August 24, 2017
Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth will open a centre dedicated to evangelisation next month. The Adoremus Centre on Alderney, a three-mile long Channel Island, will consist of a priest, Fr John Lavers, and at least six Franciscan Sisters. Bishop Egan said he hoped it would grow into a “powerhouse of prayer” in support of the
August 24, 2017
Islamists who carried out two deadly attacks in Spain last week had collected 120 gas canisters and intended to detonate some of them at the Sagrada Familia, according to Spanish media. The canisters were found in the coastal town of Alcanar as police searched for the driver of a van that rammed into crowds in
August 24, 2017
Pro-lifers have expressed dismay following reports that nearly all babies with Down’s syndrome are being aborted in Iceland. Only one or two people, on average, are born with Down’s syndrome in the country each year, according to a report by America’s CBS News network. Kari Stefansson, the founder of a genetic group named deCODE Genetics,
August 24, 2017
Modern Western advocates of abortion and population control in Africa are like the French revolutionaries who massacred the people of Vendée, Cardinal Robert Sarah has said. In a homily honouring the Vendée martyrs, published by the magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Sarah praised the region and its inhabitants for resisting atheistic republicanism during the Revolution, but
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