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The Vatican's Secretariat for Communications and the Society of Jesus have signed a convention through which the Society makes itself available to the apostolic mission of the world of communications. The secretariat was formed in 2015 as part of a wider curial reform, putting nine different entities into one structure, including L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio and the Vatican publishing house amongst others. The popular twitter account @pontifex, and the Vatican website were also put under...
Pope is gifted with knitted jumper
In the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides you will encounter an organic and vibrant church.  Surrounded by a stark beauty and tested by uncompromising weather, the islanders are very close to nature, aware of its power and beauty.  Crofters and Fisherfolk spent the long winter nights by their peat fires mending their nets, knitting their jumpers and telling stories, with a bottle of whisky and a set of rosary beads near at hand.  The famous Eriskay jumpers, a seamless piece of...
On 2 September the Society of Jesus commemorates the Blessed Martyrs of France and Spain. This year, the recently beatified Albanian Martyrs have been added to these in its Proper Calendar.Thirty-eight martyrs of the communist regime in Albania were declared Blessed at a ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Shkodër, Albania, on 5 November 2016. Among them are two bishops, 21 diocesan priests, three Jesuits, seven Friars Minor, a Franciscan novice-nun, three Catholic laymen, and one seminarian....
Michael Symmons Roberts (l) and Michael Rosen (r) at St Beuno's
Celebrated author, and Professor of Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths,  University of London, Michael Rosen, recently visited St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales to rediscover how Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ created his new style of poetry.He was joined by award-winning poet and fiction writer, Michael Symmons Robert. The visit to St Beuno’s was for a new radio programme called ‘The First Jazz Poet’, in which BBC Radio 4 listeners will hear both Rosen and Symmons...
Jesuits from all over the world learn English
In a rich programme, the evenings were put aside for cultural events such as choral evensong at Christ Church Cathedral, an open-air performance of Twelfth Night and a viola concerto.There were evening talks on topics of Jesuit interest by Prof. Peter Davidson and members of the British Province including Alan Harrison, Gerard  Hughes, Nick King and James Hanvey. On other evenings the group settled down to a DVD or a visit to the pub. The experience was deepened by a weekly faith sharing....
Total solar eclipse
As North America goes into a solar eclipse meltdown, gazing upwards at the heavens may prove to be a blessed relief from recent tensions and confrontations.  Ten years ago, NASA identified the small town of Hopkinsville as the ‘point of greatest eclipse’ during the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 100 years.  This rural Kentucky town will experience an unrivalled 2 minutes and 42 seconds of totality. Huge crowds of tourists, astronomers and religious groups are expected; hotel rooms...
Old Wimbledonian swimmer Tom Baxter recently captained the Great Britain Deaflympic team and came back with a bronze medal from Samsun in Turkey. As well as picking up their medal, the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of which Tom was a member also broke the British record for the event.Tom started swimming at the age of 13 while he was attending the Jesuit school in South London.  Proudly displaying his medal against his old school swimming cap, he said,  “I used to swim at my...
William Byron SJ has challenged Catholic business schools to be better than Harvard in a recent article in America magazine.A bold and provocative challenge, it might not be as fanciful as it seems at first glance. Contributing an Ignatian perspective on leadership and training leaders,  it is an interesting response to the current anxiety and interest in leadership. Ever since Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ was elected Pope Francis there has been a growing interest in Jesuit leadership. This...
Arturo Sosa
Father General Arturo Sosa has been interviewed by L’Osservatore Romano after his first nine months governing the world-wide Society of Jesus. Giving an insight into the global apostolic reach of the Jesuits, he has already visited India, Peru, Spain, Germany, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When asked to describe the Jesuit mission today, Father Sosa describes it as putting into practice reconciliation each day. This happens in different...
Oscar Romero street art
            Julian Filochowski, Chair of The Romero Trust, reminds us why there will be so many celebrations this year to mark the centenary of the birth of a modern martyr on 15 August.  This article first appered in Jesuits and Friends magazine issue 97.This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the...

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