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An interview with Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions UKThe following is an interview with by Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit Missions, who is attending the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Society of Jesus. The purpose of the Congress is to celebrate 50 years of this secretariat and the focus on a faith that does justice. In 1975 the Jesuits held a general congregation that was a seminal moment in the life of the...
Photo credit: Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network
The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, with the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM), dressed up on June 28th and 29th to commemorate a special occasion: the celebration of 175 years since its foundation (on December 3rd, 2019) and of 10 years since the beginning of its recreation process.The anniversary was celebrated in Vatican City with an International Meeting attended by some 52 delegations of the Prayer Network from the five continents, representing more than 5,000 people. Pope Francis also...
From May 21 to 24, the second meeting of the delegates of the Development Offices (DO) of the six Conferences of the Society of Jesus, representing the 56 Province DOs, was held at the General Curia. The theme of the meeting was “Friends in the Lord” in recognition of the fact that spiritual conversations to reveal the commonality in mission are the greatest tool for accomplishing that mission.The purpose of the meeting was to provide Father General with answers to his questions about how, over...
Representatives from Farm Street Church and Grosvenor Chapel in Mayfair joined together for a pilgrimage to Rome, focusing on Early Christian art and architecture, years and heritage the two congregations share as Roman Catholics and Anglicans.Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, George McCombe, and Patricia Morgan, from Farm Street, were together with other four pilgrims from Grosvenor Chapel, for the week-long visit, which started on the 29th April.Steven Fachada, Co- Master of Ceremonies at Farm Street...
Interns in Rome with Sally Axworthy
In the days before Palm Sunday, the Faith in Politics interns of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) visited Rome, as each year, to help them understand how the Church and the World are served by the offices which assist the Pope there, known as the Roman Curia.The interns are graduates from all over Britain, who work with Catholic Members of Parliament or Catholic Agencies, are studying Catholic Social Teaching, the first part of a Masters Degree currently with St...
Photo credit: Servizio Fotografico - Vatican Media
On Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 16 pilgrims, who were taking part in the 3rd LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pilgrimage to Rome, had privileged seats at the morning Papal Audience in St Peter's Square. At the end of the General Audience the group, which included parents and family members alongside LGBT Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ, was invited to meet Pope Francis.The Pilgrimage Leader, Martin Pendergast, a member of the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council,...
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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