SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
January 11, 2018
January 11, 2018
The saint's writings can help Catholics to judge regimes as more or less ideal
January 11, 2018
A Colombian bishop has been appointed as papal commissioner to run the society while it undergoes reforms
January 11, 2018
When a series of earthquakes destroyed the monastery of Norcia, the monks set to work rebuilding a new home
January 11, 2018
A 14-year battle over the closure of an Aberystwyth church exposes the stark realities of Welsh Catholicism today
January 11, 2018
Liberals will welcome his canonisation as a celebration of liturgical reforms. However, there's one big obstacle.
January 11, 2018
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January 11, 2018
Pope Francis is about to make one of the most difficult foreign trips of his pontificate. It is not to a war-torn African country or an Asian nation where Catholics are an extreme minority. No, it is to a place where 59 per cent of the population is Catholic, there is no language barrier, and
January 11, 2018
✣ Backlash against MP who defends unborn children What happened? An MP who defends unborn children has been made Tory vice-chair for women. Maria Caulfield, who is MP for Lewes, was appointed to the position in Theresa May’s reshuffle. Caulfield opposed a bill last year which would have decriminalised abortion. She said at the time: “Too
January 11, 2018
✣ Highlights from the week online The countries where lawyers risk death At Christianity Today, Timothy C Morgan put in a good word for lawyers – that is, the lawyers who defend persecuted Christians around the world. David Saperstein, an Obama administration aide, said: “In the more repressive countries, these lawyers are really heroic figures.
January 11, 2018
A Scottish bishop has welcomed new proposals by the Government to protect free speech at universities. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said he was glad that universities would be held to account when groups were banned “on the pretext of protecting other students’ feelings”. From April a new regulator, the Office for Students, could fine,
January 11, 2018
A diocese in Northern Ireland has asked Catholics not to exchange the sign of peace during Mass owing to a surge in flu cases The Diocese of Down and Connor also told priests to disinfect their hands before distributing Holy Communion, and warned them against distributing the Precious Blood as part of Communion. The diocese
January 11, 2018
Police invaded churches and fired tear gas during Mass in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week in a crackdown on protesters that left 12 people dead. Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa called the response “nothing short of barbaric”. The protests, organised by the Kinshasa archdiocesan lay coordination committee, demanded that President Joseph