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This 1987 photo (below right) of Fr Gerry confronting armoured personnel carriers and tear gas as he led a funeral procession near Cape Town at the height of the apartheid regime in South Africa, has become an icon of resistance to injustice. At this time the security forces and police would frequently shoot at funeral processions. Many clergy were reluctant to conduct funerals so Fr Gerry was often called upon.  In this picture the security forces have just fired tear gas.  The pall...
In February 2008 Pope Benedict XVI recalled the words of his predecessor Paul VI:Wherever in the Church, even in the most difficult and extreme fields, at the crossroads of ideologies, in the social trenches, there has been and there is confrontation between the burning exigencies of man and the perennial message of the Gospel, here there have been, and there are Jesuits.As much as ever before the Society needs men ‘with a deep and sound faith, a well-grounded culture and genuine human...