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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...
Pope Francis has presided over a Mass that included a wedding ceremony for 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome. The celebration in St Peter’s Basilica comes three weeks before the start of the Synod on the Family and is the first wedding that Francis has performed since being elected pope 18 months ago.The last time that a pope presided over such a ceremony was in 2000, when it was performed by Pope St John Paul II. At the ceremony on 14 September, Pope Francis took each couple through...
Pope Francis was a surprise guest at the Jesuit Curia in Rome last Thursday. The Community was about to celebrate the Feast of the founder of the Society of Jesus, St Ignatius Loyola, when the Holy Father told Father General Adolfo Nicolás that he would like to join them.The Pope’s visit was private and informal. He joined the Jesuits and their lay co-workers for a meal in the refectory, then retired with them for coffee in the recreation room. Among those at the meal were seven siblings...
A Jesuit hailed as an outstanding communicator is being honoured at the SIGNIS World Congress taking place in Rome this week. Canadian, Fr Gaston Roberge SJ (pictured) was a pioneer of media education in India; he will receive a SIGNIS Life Achievement Award, alongside Mgr Roland Abou Jaoude, the founder of the Catholic Information Centre in Lebanon. The SIGNIS Life Achievement Awards recognise SIGNIS members who have made outstanding contributions in the field of Catholic communication....
Why did I become a Jesuit ?  I suppose the most obvious answer is that I went to a Jesuit school and was thus educated by Jesuits for 11 years.  Two especially had much influence on me and I felt I wanted to be like them.   I still have a somewhat battered holy picture of Our Lady on the back of which, aged 14½, I wrote: “My dearest mother Mary, today I consecrate you ‘La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente’ and promise you I will never marry but will hold...

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