SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Pope Francis
June 30, 2022
Are the modern rites really what Vatican II intended, asks Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB
June 30, 2022
Less than a week after the US Supreme Court announced its explosive decision to overrule Roe v. Wade – returning the authority to legalise abortions to individual American states – the Pope met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an Italian-American Catholic, in Rome. Pelosi later received Communion during a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
June 29, 2022
It is not, as the Herald goes to press, apparent that the pope will resign, but plainly there is speculation that he may do so this year. He is suffering mobility problems, which mean he often uses a wheelchair, and he can no longer travel for long distances by car or by helicopter. He has
June 28, 2022
The visit to Celestine’s tomb by any pope would be enough to trigger speculation of an impending resignation
June 28, 2022
Pope Francis may try to influence the electorate in the conclave, but no one can predict who will succeed him It is a paradox of papal history that each pope can create as many cardinals as he likes, and yet no pope has ever been able to use that power to choose his own successor.
June 24, 2022
What was Pope Francis thinking when he cancelled the Vatican's Corpus Christi procession, asks Ben Stephens
June 22, 2022
As rumours continue to mount that Pope Francis could be on the verge of resigning, it is worth considering not just who the next Pontiff could be but what he would represent. The Pope will host a consistory to create 21 new cardinals later this year. The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals,
June 21, 2022
Rumours are mounting that Pope Francis is on the verge of resigning. Debate about the Pontiff’s poor health have persisted for some time, with the Holy Father recently seen in a wheelchair. Now the Pope has postponed a trip to Africa – amid fresh attacks against Nigerian Catholics – sending the rumour mill into overdrive. 
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