history

The complex and fascinating history of the Catholic Church has been chronicled and condensed into less than 250 pages by a Jesuit historian of the British Province. Fr Norman Tanner SJ’s New Short History of the Catholic Church has been re-issued by Bloomsbury, the publishers of the Harry Potter books. It is due to be launched at Heythrop College, University of London, on 9 October. Dr Tanner is Professor of Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome. This one-volume history...
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...