Fr Provincial

GC36's Small schola in action
Frederico Fellini, the great Italian film director, would have loved the cinematic possibilities for the opening of Day 5.We were off to Mass in the Vatican. All of the delegates gathered on the steps of the Jesuit Curia at 7am. For some, like myself, who live in the Curia, that was a relatively straight-forward task; but for those hardy types lodging in the Russicum and the Germanicum, it took a 45 minute walk just to get to the Curia steps and only then did battle commence.What was meant to...
Fr Dermot Preston SJ
The head of the Jesuit Order in Britain, Fr Dermot Preston SJ, has today written to the Prime Minister to urge a change in policy towards refugees in the light of the current crisis in Europe and the Middle East.Fr Preston urges the Prime Minister to have the courage and ambition to use his leadership to set a tone of welcome and hospitality to those seeking our help at this desperate time.  He believes the Prime Minister has a unique opportunity to lead Britain in a way that can awaken...
By Alfred Weidinger from Vienna, Austria (Bob Geldof in the Belvedere, Vienna) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Thirty years after the original Band Aid, Bob Geldof has returned front-&-centre stage, directing the global media to focus on helping the people in West Africa with Ebola; unashamedly he attempts to use celebrity power to mobilise political will. It is good to have him back.Bob...Bob’s media presence in such a debate is a catalyst which manages (consciously and unconsciously) to provoke big moral questions which people normally try to ignore; so the very fact that we are forced to...
Bloody child's shoe found after a rocket attack in Gaza
“The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless."This wise insightful quote comes from ex-US President Jimmy Carter many years ago, but it might well have been said by Mother Teresa for the universal truth that it unveils.Beneath all the political and religious posturing and rhetoric in recent months, Carter's phrase can perhaps give a focus to the underlying reality of the violence being unleashed in various trouble-spots in our poor bruised...
The Jesuits in Britain have joined the Holy Father’s prayers for peace in Iraq. Pope Francis has appealed on several occasions over the past few weeks for violence to stop and has urged the Church to intercede for a peaceful solution to the fighting in the Middle East, most recently at last Sunday's Angelus.Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, says that the Pope has expressed his deep concern at the situation in this region of the world and has expressed his...