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When Pope John Paul II visited Chile in 1987 he was welcomed as a ‘messenger of life, pilgrim of peace’ – Nathan Stone SJ remembers it well. How did Pope Francis live up to these same accolades on his visit to Cuba and the United States? I was there in April 1987 when Pope John Paul II visited Chile. It was quite the affair. Chile was small, far away and off the beaten track. Whenever an international figure of any stature came to town, it was a big deal, but John Paul was the Vicar of...
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In recent decades, the dynamics within the Catholic Church in America have grown increasingly to resemble those that define the U.S. political scene, writes Vincent Rougeau. Pope Francis’ refusal to align himself with either liberals or conservatives on his recent visit was a challenge to all those who accept such divisions, inside and outside of the Church. A five-year-old girl breaking through security to offer Pope Francis a letter and a t-shirt was probably the most iconic image...
Founded almost 500 years ago by St Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus is a missionary order of priests and brothers (a.k.a. the Jesuits) who are present in every corner of the globe. They draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection, sharing this with others to help them discern God’s will for their lives. Jesuits are contemplatives in action who live in community as companions in a mission of reconciliation and justice.Jesuits work in many different roles: parish...