britain

St George
Defining oneself as a Christian has become problematical in our society. As Tony Blair remarked, he did not mention his personal faith when in office because people would have thought him “a nutter”.Three reasons for this new situation seem likely. First, as a result of globalisation and its associated factor immigration, religion has become an important marker of identity. One effect of this is that whereas people in this country once defined themselves as Church of England or...
The early mission to EnglandBetween Ignatius's begging mission to England in 1531, and the foundation of a mission in 1580, Jesuit contact with England was sporadic.  The second half of the 16th century was one of religious upheaval in England, since Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1534. Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) was determined to build a Protestant state, and, fearing influence or invasion by stronger Catholic European monarchies, effectively banned Catholic worship, and outlawed...