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Fr General Arturo Sosa at the closing Mass of GC36
Father General will be meeting and praying with refugees and those who work with them this afternoon, as they mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (this Sunday, 15 January). The group from the Centro Astalli – home of the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service – have been invited to the Church of the Gesù, Piazza del Gesù in Rome at 3.30pm (2.30pm GMT), where they will be greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ.The gathering at the Gesù – the mother church of the Society of...
Pope Francis with refugees on Lesbos, Greece. Credit: Caritas
Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of children on the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is being marked this Sunday (15 January). In addition to stressing their vulnerability and needs, the Pope is calling on governments, organisations and individuals “to work towards protection, integration and long-term solutions” to the conditions that child migrants face.In his message for the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis points out that...
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The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, known for many years as the Apostleship of Prayer, continues its re-creation and development in a significant new way today.From the beginning of 2017, Pope Francis wants to share with us all just one pre-planned Prayer Intention each month (there used to be two). He entrusts this, as the Popes have done for many decades, to the PWPN/AoP, the Pope’s own personal prayer network, which is run on his behalf by the Jesuits, for us to spread it among...
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January, and a new year, usually feels like a chance of a fresh start in more ways than just the numbers on the calendar. A great many of us have experienced the year just ended as pretty awful, quite exceptional in so much tragedy and suffering, such intolerance and hatred. The world is full of anger.It is on this world that the trinity gazes, this world and no other. If we feel a desire welling up from deep within our hearts for something better in 2017, so does the heart of God, in that...
Unite yourself with the Pope in prayer throughout the year
It is still not too late to order your 2017 Living Prayer Booklet that includes Daily Offerings, the Pope's prayer intentions, reflections and more for the year ahead. Beginning in January, only one prayer intention will be offered by Pope Francis, so that the second one can be topical or of current concern; but the format otherwise remains unchanged.The Pope also now has a mobile application called Click To Pray, brought to you by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of...
A child in a JRS after school programme, northern Ethiopia (Christian Fuchs/JRS USA))
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to an international call by Catholic agencies to governments to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants, ahead of Universal Children's Day this Sunday (20 November).  The organisations – which include Caritas Internationalis and Pax Christi International – say they stand in solidarity with all children on the move whose rights to live, learn and flourish are compromised.“We are living a critical moment in...
Fr Greg Boyle SJ with members of the Home Boys team
Around 2,000 young Catholics from across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador have taken part in the 19th annual 'Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice' in Washington DC. The annual gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition. A significant portion of those taking part were young people, aged 16-22, representing Jesuit and other Catholic institutions and the Teach-In theme...
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Pope Francis is in Sweden this week, on a visit to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Vatican and the Lutheran Church say the event is not a celebration of Luther's revolt but rather, a solemn commemoration to ask forgiveness for the schism in Western Christianity and an opportunity to rejoice publicly at the way ecumenical relations have improved over the past 50 years.Upon his arrival in Malmo, southern Sweden, the Pope met Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, followed...
Pope Francis addresses GC36
After a concert at Carnegie Hall, the wonderful comic pianist, Victor Borge, had an unexpected visitor to his dressing room: a Secret Service agent for the US Vice President, who had been in the audience that night.The Secret Service man said: “The Vice President will be with you in 30 seconds, and you can ask him anything you like.”This caught Borge off-guard… ask anything at all??With such a blank agenda, Borge found that he was fixating on one question… “Mr...
Pope Francis with Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ and the Secretary of GC36, Fr Orlando Torres SJ
There is a well-established tradition that on the occasion of a Jesuit General Congregation, the Holy Father meets with the delegates. Since most of the time this happens as an audience in the rooms of the Vatican, there is not a precedent for the pope himself choosing to meet the Jesuits as they are gathered in the General Congregation in the curia of the Society.This Monday, 24 October, Pope Francis came discreetly to the curia and was greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ and the superior...

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