The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days.
‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’
This year, the 5th of June marks the 400th anniversary of the release of Fr Ralph Bickley and eleven other Jesuits from that prison. This blog post explores the intriguing events of the prison’s history, in particular the ‘Wisbech Stirs’.
The Pope's Universal Intention for June invites the people of God to pray with him that “social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences”. David Stewart SJ reflects
145 years ago, on the 20th of May 1873, a large congregation formed as the foundation stone was laid for St Aloysius' Church in Oxford. The Jesuits in Britain Archives find out more about the history of the once-Jesuit church.