Pope Paul VI

This Sunday (October 25) marks the fiftieth anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Pope St. Paul VI. Fr Denis Blackledge SJ of Saint Xavier Parish in Liverpool - himself now a Jesuit for 59 years - was present at the celebration in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome - an awe-inspiring occasion, with music sung by the choir of Westminster Cathedral instead of the usual Papal Choir of the Sistine chapel.“We extend Our greeting first of all to Our venerable brother...
Jesuit IHS monogram at Gesu Church in Rome
When Ignatius of Loyola was structuring the new religious order that he was setting up to serve the Church in the mid-16th century, he was determined that the Company, or Society, of Jesus would be notably different from the traditional monastic and mendicant forms of religious life, by being more streamlined, more mobile and flexible, to meet the apostolic needs of the contemporary Church.  In addition to deciding against having his men tied down to singing the Divine Office in choir...
Paul VI
The close of the recent Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss family life issues, was the occasion of beatifying Paul VI.  It is unfortunate that Paul is remembered negatively by many because of his encyclical Humanae Vitae 1968 (‘On Human Life’).  It may be that Humanae Vitae, while missing a strategic opportunity, was in many ways prophetic. The opportunity missed was the occasion to articulate clearly the difference between contraception and the taking of human life....
A biography of Pope Paul VI – who is due to be beatified by Pope Francis this weekend – has been reissued by the Catholic Truth Society. Originally published in 2008, it was written by British Jesuit, Fr Anthony Symondson SJ. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome on Sunday.Giovanni Battista Montini was born in 1897 in the northern Italian province of Brescia and was ordained to the priesthood in...
The Feast of St Edmund Arrowsmith SJ has been celebrated with Mass in the house where he was captured prior to his martyrdom in Lancaster in 1628. Fr Joe Duggan SJ of St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston celebrated Mass for several local Catholics on 28 August, in the house where Arrowsmith was captured and taken to Lancaster Castle to be hanged, drawn and quartered.The house is situated just outside Preston in Hoghton and is owned by the mother of the Director of Music at St Wilfrid's,...