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Bernard Hall SJ shares memories at Leo Arnold's funeral mass
Fr Provincial Dermot Preston SJ has just returned from the funeral of Leo Arnold SJ.  In the last year Leo had been living in the Peter Canisius retirement community close to the Jesuit Curia, but for much of his apostolic life he had been based at the Biblicum in Rome. Leo was an Arabic scholar and in the early 60’s was assigned to Beirut; but in the mid-70s, with the onset of the civil war in Lebanon, he was re-missioned to Rome. Leo was a frequent summer visitor back to the UK doing...
Pope Francis & Fr Nicolas at the Gesu in Rome
Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, the former Superior General of the Jesuits, has written down his reminiscences of his conversations with Pope Francis after his election to the papacy.  Austen Ivereigh offers some insights and observations – first published on Cruxnow.comFr Nicolás, who was until earlier this year Superior General of the Jesuits has written a series of reminiscences about his conversations with Pope Francis, published in the Spanish Jesuit publication Mensajero.He wrote them during a...
Stephen Power SJ with brothers at the opening mass of GC36
There were several firsts at the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus last year. It was the first time tablets had been used by the members for electronic voting, making it a ‘paperless’ Congregation. GC36 elected the first Superior General from outside of Europe: Fr Arturo Sosa SJ from Venezuela. It was the first time that a General Congregation had been addressed by a Jesuit Pope. And it was also a first for six Jesuit Brothers, who took part in the General Congregation as ‘...
The icon of St Saviour (detail) at All Saints Church in Rome
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to set foot inside an Anglican church in his own diocese as the Bishop of Rome on Sunday, when he visited All Saints Chaplaincy. While attending Choral Evensong, he also blessed an icon of St Saviour, which had been commissioned to mark the church's 200th anniversary. He encouraged the congregation to "walk together" in their quest for greater unity, saying that it could not be achieved "in a laboratory".All Saints was established by a small group of...
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Saint Ignatius Loyola didn’t like meetings. More accurately, living in an age of slow and dangerous travel, he felt that frequent international meetings risked disrupting the work that Jesuits would be doing more locally. So rather than having regular general chapters, like the older religious orders, he stipulated that the Society of Jesus would only summon a General Congregation when a General Superior had died, and it was necessary to elect his successor, or “when it is necessary...
Celebrating the Jubilarians in Glasgow. Photos: David Birchall SJ
There are many causes for celebration among the Jesuits in Britain this month, as several men are marking milestone Jubilees.Three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Michael Flannery marched into the Jesuit Novitiate in Manresa, thereby becoming this year’s most senior Jubilarian with 75 years under his belt. He is a member of the Corpus Christi Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset.Yesterday (7 September), Fr Leo Arnold and Fr Paul Hackett (who started in primary...
Fr Robert Persons, venerable college rome
The 1st of May saw the second in a series of lectures at the Venerable English College in Rome, hosted by Maurice Whitehead. Its to celebrate aspects of the history of the VEC and of the English and Welsh Catholic community, as well as to salute the munificence of Urs and Francesca Schwarzenbach as major donors to the VEC.  The archives at the VEC date back to the foundation of the English Hospice in Rome in 1362 and constitute the oldest British archive outside the United Kingdom....
Yesterday Pope Francis sharply rebuked Vatican officials in his annual Christmas speech to his Curia staff and local cardinals.  This occasion is traditionally used by popes make a gentle review of the past year’s achievements and set goals for the year ahead.The pope has frequently criticised the Curia’s resistance to reform and lack of human sympathy. In this impassioned and unexpected speech he listed  fifteen diseases to which his officials are particularly prone:1) Feeling...
A colloquium will take place in Rome tomorrow to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See's Press Office, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in an event co-organised by JRS International and Centro Astalli entitled Hospitality on the frontiers.The colloquium will be an opportunity to explore the concept of refugee...
Pope Francis will preside at a Thanksgiving Service in Rome this Saturday (27 September) to mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. The early evening service will be televised live via Vatican Radio and will be available on You Tube. The Thanksgiving Service will take place at the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome. The main architects involved in the construction of the church (officially called the Chiesa del...

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