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Jesuit Centre recalls liberation of Auschwitz with Music Memorial Film

21 Jan 2014

Next Monday, 27 January, will be the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in the Second World War. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year and the occasion will be marked in Edinburgh by a showing of Holocaust, A Music Memorial Film From Auschwitz at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre.

Celebrations at Bellarmine Institute as faculties are restored at Heythrop

21 Jan 2014

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in the Maria Assumpta Chapel at Heythrop College yesterday evening (20 January 2014). The event marked the re-establishment of the ecclesiastical faculties of theology and philosophy, together known as the Bellarmine Institute. Now the faculties have been re-activated, the College will award in its own right ecclesiastical bachelors (STB, BacPhil), licentiate (STL, PhL) and doctoral degrees in Philosophy and Theology alongside existing degrees of the University of London.

JRS appeals to PM to show compassion to Syrian refugees and their families

20 Jan 2014

The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service is among the signatories of an Open Letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to join UNHCR's global settlement programme for Syrian refugees and to show compassion to the hundreds of thousands of people who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and their families in the United Kingdom.

JRS volunteer and son killed in Syria; other children injured

16 Jan 2014

Ayman Rifai, who had worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria since the beginning of the current crisis in the country, was killed by a mortar on 11 January in Hamdaniyeh on the outskirts of Aleppo. He was the father of five (four boys and one girl).

Jesuit Refugee Service Director to speak in Scotland

15 Jan 2014

As part of the Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees (now officially 19 January), the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK will be addressing several groups in Scotland this weekend.

Heythrop College hosts Any Questions? in its 400th anniversary year

13 Jan 2014

Heythrop College, University of London, launched its 400th anniversary year with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The college that was founded by the Jesuits in Belgium in 1614 welcomed the topical radio debate Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby. It was the first time the programme had been broadcast from Heythrop and was the first in its 2014 output.

Faith Matters: Vatican II and the Joy of the Gospel

13 Jan 2014

The Lent 2014 season of Faith Matters has been announced by the Mount Street Jesuit Centre and the Archdiocese of Westminster. Over four Thursday evenings in March and April, speakers will consider what the Church is for, 50 years after the Second Vatican Council and in the light of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel).

Heythrop Lent Lecture Series to focus on Eastern Catholic Tradition

10 Jan 2014

The Lent 2014 Lecture Series at the Centre for Eastern Christianity, Heythrop College, will focus on the Eastern Catholic Tradition Today, considering perspectives ranging from Albania to Antioch and Greece to Ukraine.

Our Jesuit astronomer and the influence of Teilhard de Chardin

09 Jan 2014

The French philosopher, palaeontologist and geologist, Fr Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ is the focus for the Society of Jesus this January, as he features in the commemorative calendar produced by the Jesuits in Britain. The calendar was this week launched in an online version, in several languages and with more detailed essays about each of the 12 featured Jesuits than could be offered in the printed version.

Jesuits prepare to hand Wimbledon parish over to archdiocese

08 Jan 2014

The formal handover of Sacred Heart parish in Wimbledon, south west London from the Society of Jesus to the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Induction of the new parish priest, Monsignor Nick Hudson, will take place at 7.30pm this Friday 10 January 2014. Archbishop Peter Smith and Fr Dermot Preston SJ, the Jesuit Provincial of the British Province, will concelebrate Mass along with the outgoing parish priest, Fr Keith McMillan SJ, and Mgr Hudson.


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