canonisation

The ceremony for the opening of the cause for the beatification and canonization of Pedro Arrupe SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983, took place at the Basilica of St John Lateran, in Rome yesterday - 5th February, the 28th anniversary of Fr Arrupe’s death.Pope Francis probably carries the laurels as the best-known, most beloved and yet controversial Jesuit of the last hundred years, but Fr Arrupe would be a close second.  Yet despite his huge impact on the Church...
The Society of Jesus has taken the first steps towards the beatification cause of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, who was Superior General from 1965 to 1983.Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ announced this at the International Association of Jesuit Universities meeting in Bilbao, Spain when he addressed the 300 Jesuit and lay participants. “We are still at the beginning of the process, but the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, Angelo de Donatis, has given the approval that the Diocese of Rome open the process of...
St Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta)
The Catholic Church is preparing to celebrate the canonisation of one of the highest profile saints of the 20th century this weekend. Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by Pope Francis at St Peter’s in the Vatican on Sunday; and Jesuits and their associates will be joining the celebrations.In Guyana, Jesuits work alongside around two dozen Missionaries of Charity nuns whose convents have been turned into hospitals and shelters for the homeless and a refuge for the outcasts...
Fagn and Mary Fagan in Rome 1976
Michael McLaughlin reflects on the miracle that contributed to St John Ogilvie SJ being declared a saint in 1976.The first part of the 17th century was a dangerous time to be a Catholic priest in Scotland as, after the Scottish Reformation of 1560, it had become illegal to preach or convert others to Catholicism.  Ogilvie arrived in Glasgow disguised as a horse trader with the names of five lapsed Catholics whom he wished to contact.  But he found himself immersed in a wider circle...
Pope Francis today begins the second stage of his visit to Asia by flying from Colombo in Sri Lanka to the Philippines capital, Manila. Among the highlights of his trip will be meetings with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, in which more than 6000 people died in November 2013. This will be on Saturday when he flies to Palo to celebrate mass in the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration.Palo was founded by the Jesuits in 1596 and the modern Gothic cathedral was constructed...
Saturday 2 August is the Feast of St Pierre Favre SJ – the first since he was canonised by Pope Francis last year. One of the original Companions alongside St Ignatius Loyola and St Francis Xavier, it was Favre who was ordained first and presided over the Mass at Montmartre at which they committed themselves to founding the Society of Jesus. When Pope Francis announced his ‘equivalent canonisation’ last December, the Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás said: “...
Pope Francis presided over the canonisation of two of his predecessors yesterday, witnessed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Popes John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints at an historic ceremony at the Vatican.Pope Francis – the first-ever Jesuit pontiff - recited the formula that made the two Popes saints in Latin. After saying that the Church had deliberated, consulted and prayed for divine assistance, he continued: "We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II...
A Spanish Jesuit missionary has been declared a saint by Pope Francis. José de Anchieta (1534 –1597) was one of the founders of São Paulo, in 1554, and Rio de Janeiro, in 1565. He was a highly influential figure in Brazil's history in the first century after a Portuguese fleet discovered it in 1500 and subsequently colonised it.Born in the Canary Islands where he continues to be celebrated, Anchieta was involved in the catechesis and conversion to the Catholic faith of the Indian...
Pierre Favre, one of the original Companions of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, has been made a saint by Pope Francis.  The canonisation of Favre - also known as Peter Faber - holds a special meaning because he is a model of spirituality and priestly life for today's Pope and at the same time an important reference to understand his style of government.Favre lived on the crest of an era when the unity of the Church was undermined and he remained essentially alien to doctrinal...