theology

Philip Harrison SJ, far right
Perched high in the Colombian Andes, the city of Bogotá basks in strong sunlight and is battered by rain in equal measure. It is home to one of three centres for theological formation in Latin America that train young Jesuits preparing for life as a priest or a brother. In this crucial stage of formation, the aim is to cultivate a thorough understanding of our Catholic faith, in such a way that it can give meaning and hope to those we will meet in the many situations in which Jesuits live and...
The funeral of Fr Francis Joseph (‘Joe’) Laishley SJ (2 July 1933 – 1 July 2015) took place on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. The Gospel at the Requiem Mass was from chapter 3 of St John’s Gospel, verses 1 to 18, when Nicodemus came to Jesus “by night”. The following homily was preached by Fr Michael Barnes SJ.Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus ‘by night’?  He was a devout Pharisee and was probably a little embarrassed to be seen talking to Jesus – even a tentative conversation in a quiet corner....
Heythrop College’s governing body met yesterday to discuss the future of the college.This meeting was the culmination of detailed work over the past three years, as Governors, working in close collaboration with the Society of Jesus, and in consultation with HEFCE, have been researching ways in which Heythrop's mission and work might continue in today’s higher education environment.At its meeting, the governing body concluded that the college in its current form, as a constituent college...
The Shroud of Turin 2010
Today (19 April), the Shroud of Turin will go on display in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, where it will be exhibited for 67 days. Among the many thousands of visitors who will see it will be Pope Francis, when he visits Turin on 21 and 22 June.The prospect of discovering the ‘relic of all relics’ is bound to be of interest.  The Turin Shroud is an ancient length of linen cloth that is visually captivating and on close inspection tells a fascinating story. Rare in its time, the...
Robert Bellarmine was born in 1542 and studied at the Universities of Padua and Leuven where he was the first Jesuit to teach: the subject of his course was the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. He was made rector of the Roman College (later renamed the Pontifical Gregorian University) by Pope Clement VIII in 1592 and was appointed Cardinal in 1599.As bishop, Bellarmine put into effect the reforming decrees of the Council of Trent and was considered a possible candidate for the papacy in the...
The number of students applying for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Heythrop College, University of London, has gone up compared with 2013 and clearing has also been busier than last year.  This is being attributed to the number of students taking Religious Studies at A-level in England, which has almost doubled over the past ten years.In 2014, more than 20,000 students took Religious Studies (RS) at A level, nearly twice the number of 2002/03. Over the past ten years, RS...