Columbia

The pope in Cartagena, Credit L'Osservatore Romano
Saturday was the memorial of the 17th century Jesuit missionary St Peter Claver and it was marked in a very special way this year as Pope Francis rounded off his visit to Colombia by praying at his tomb in the port town of Cartagena. Cartagena was a major slave port in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Peter Claver, the self-described 'slave of the slaves forever,' worked daily to minister to the needs of the 10,000 slaves who arrived each year.  He would board slave...
Philip Harrison SJ, far right
Perched high in the Colombian Andes, the city of Bogotá basks in strong sunlight and is battered by rain in equal measure. It is home to one of three centres for theological formation in Latin America that train young Jesuits preparing for life as a priest or a brother. In this crucial stage of formation, the aim is to cultivate a thorough understanding of our Catholic faith, in such a way that it can give meaning and hope to those we will meet in the many situations in which Jesuits live and...