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The Jesuits' stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland
Several British Jesuits have been among the 1,700 exhibitors at the National Ploughing Championships that have been taking place near Tullamore, in County Offaly (Ireland) this week. Records were broken on the first day of the event, with more than 100,000 visitors coming through the gates.The display set up by the Jesuits in Ireland has been among hundreds of trade stands at this annual ploughing occasion that was last held in Tullamore nine years ago. Hundreds of acres have been ploughed by...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
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...
'Last Testaments' will be available in English in November 2016
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has credited Pope Francis’ experience as a Jesuit Superior and an archbishop for his organisational skills – something that he says he lacked during his papacy. His comments were published yesterday in his autobiography, Benedict XVI: Final Conversations, a series of long interviews by German journalist and papal confidante Peter Seewald. The book has been published initially in Italian and German; the English version will be available in late November...
Mama Antula
The life of Blessed Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, who continued to lead Ignatian spiritual exercises in Argentina after the expulsion of the Jesuits, remains an example of Christian witness and perseverance, Pope Francis said.After reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter’s Square on the 28th August, the Pope spoke about the beatification the previous day of the 18th-century consecrated laywoman affectionately known as “Mama Antula.”“Her exemplary...
Care for the environment has been a key issue for this pontificate. Credit: Wikipedia
Pope Francis has called on Christians of all denominations to engage in a major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September).Originally an initiative of the Orthodox Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation started in 1989; Pope Francis went on to establish it as an event for the Catholic Church in a letter last year to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical...
Pope Francis
Since his early years as Pope, Francis has tried to visit Jesuit communities during most of his journeys abroad.  As these meetings are considered private, the Vatican doesn’t usually release a transcript of the event. During World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis made a surprise private visit to a Jesuit seminary in Krakow. Although the Vatican did not publish details about the meeting on the 30th of July, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, a Jesuit who travels as part of the Pontifical...
Pope Francis
Pope Francis -  Loneliness of a long distance runner.Lecture and discussion with Author Marco Politi.Author and journalist Marco Politi has built a successful career commentating on the Vatican and religious matters since the 1970s, in addition to being a columnist for the Italian daily newspaper, Fatto Quottidiano. As we as his recent coverage of Pope Francis, he has followed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on over 80 trips around the world and has regularly contributed to the BBC...
GC36 is to put the environment at the heart of its deliberations
Jesuits involved in ecology and the environment are calling for a “renewed imagination”, as they prepare for their 36th General Congregation (GC36). Writing on the Ecojesuit website, they urge delegates at the meeting that will take place in Rome from 3 October to offer “new prospects so the Society of Jesus can respond – as a body – to the environmental and poverty challenges our world is facing”.In an article posted on 31 July – the Feast of the...
St Phoebe, a deacon in the early Church
Several Jesuits are among the members of a commission being set up by Pope Francis to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The announcement of the group follows a promise made last May during a meeting at the Vatican with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious.The commission will be led by Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria SJ, who is secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of...

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