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Pope Francis at the International College of the Gesù. PC: CNS photo/Vatican Media
“The plant grows from the roots, which are not seen but which support the whole. And it stops giving fruit not when it has few branches, but when the roots are dry,” said Pope Francis to staff and students of the International College of the Gesù in Rome on the 3rd December. The community celebrated their jubilee since its founding by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ in 1968.“On the fiftieth year, that of the Jubilee, the Scripture says that ‘each of you is to return to your family property and to your own...
Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga to be celebrated from 9 March 2018, the 450th anniversary of Aloysius’s birth, until the same date in 2019. The Jesuit, whose feast is celebrated on 21 June, was proclaimed patron saint of young people by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729; patron saint of students by Pope Pius XI in 1926; and, on the fourth centenary of Aloysius’s death in 1991, Pope Saint John Paul II declared him patron of those suffering from AIDS and their...
The celebration of a Jubilee Year for the birth of Saint Aloysius is a more than perfect occasion to turn our attention to this inspiring boy. In these months especially focused on the young – with the October Synod of Bishops in Rome and the January 2019 World Youth Day in Panama -, the Holy See has just announced the Holy Year, starting today – March 9, 2018 – and ending on the same date in 2019.The Church of Saint Ignatius in Rome, where the remains of Saint Aloysius lie, and all the...