Latin America

Since the 60s, young people have protested massively against a society which had made possible the horror of the Second World War, their human sensitivity unable to bear the injustice. In many countries they demanded democracy and justice, and so began the repression of the military dictatorships in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Uruguay.The general situation touched the conscience of many followers of Jesus. The Second Vatican Council, the meeting of the CELAM in Medellín, and the 32nd...
The Society of Jesus succeeded in creating a utopia in the Amazon, an operation no one else managed to accomplish.The Jesuit missions in Paraguay helped the Guaraní Indians to improve their living conditions and to create an internal market among the different villages and peoples that inhabited the jungle.Producer and director Vicente Herrero has made a new documentary, ‘U-Topos’, to tell the lights and the shadows of the Jesuit presence in America. It relates the relationship of the Society...
Ruins of San Ignacio Mini mission, a 17th century Jesuit Reduction. Commons Wikipedia
Visitors to Latin America will now have the opportunity to follow the route of the Jesuit missions of the 17th and 18th centuries through six countries, following the addition of Argentina, birthplace of Pope Francis.The route will take in the Jesuit Reductions – settlements for indigenous people which provided instruction in Christianity as well as safety from slave traders. They originated in the early 17th century when, on instructions from King Phillip III of Spain, the Jesuits agreed...
T Frank Kennedy SJ
Dr Thomas Frank Kennedy SJ, Senior Research Fellow in music at Campion Hall at the University of Oxford, died on Friday, 19 August.Dr Kennedy co-founded the music department at Boston College in 1989 and served on the board of Loyola University in Maryland, USA, from 2005 to 2013. As a musicologist and entrepreneur of Jesuit music, he edited, produced and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Society of Jesus, among numerous other recorded works. He was a...
Palm Sunday 2015 in Managrú
A team of two Jesuits in formation and two Maronite sisters, from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Britain, travelled to the remote village of Managrú in Colombia to accompany the community in their celebration of Holy Week. A member of that team, Philip Harrison SJ, describes how he spent a Triduum like no other in the presence of a community devastated by poverty yet radiant with Easter joy. Managrú surprised us from the start, appearing suddenly out of the dense jungle vegetation. The...