pope francis

The Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Sweden: Wikimedia Commons
Pope Francis is in Sweden this week, on a visit to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Vatican and the Lutheran Church say the event is not a celebration of Luther's revolt but rather, a solemn commemoration to ask forgiveness for the schism in Western Christianity and an opportunity to rejoice publicly at the way ecumenical relations have improved over the past 50 years.Upon his arrival in Malmo, southern Sweden, the Pope met Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, followed...
Pope Francis addresses GC36
After a concert at Carnegie Hall, the wonderful comic pianist, Victor Borge, had an unexpected visitor to his dressing room: a Secret Service agent for the US Vice President, who had been in the audience that night.The Secret Service man said: “The Vice President will be with you in 30 seconds, and you can ask him anything you like.”This caught Borge off-guard… ask anything at all??With such a blank agenda, Borge found that he was fixating on one question… “Mr...
Pope Francis with Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ and the Secretary of GC36, Fr Orlando Torres SJ
There is a well-established tradition that on the occasion of a Jesuit General Congregation, the Holy Father meets with the delegates. Since most of the time this happens as an audience in the rooms of the Vatican, there is not a precedent for the pope himself choosing to meet the Jesuits as they are gathered in the General Congregation in the curia of the Society.This Monday, 24 October, Pope Francis came discreetly to the curia and was greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ and the superior...
The Jesuits' stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Ireland
Several British Jesuits have been among the 1,700 exhibitors at the National Ploughing Championships that have been taking place near Tullamore, in County Offaly (Ireland) this week. Records were broken on the first day of the event, with more than 100,000 visitors coming through the gates.The display set up by the Jesuits in Ireland has been among hundreds of trade stands at this annual ploughing occasion that was last held in Tullamore nine years ago. Hundreds of acres have been ploughed by...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
Ruins of San Ignacio Mini mission, a 17th century Jesuit Reduction. Commons Wikipedia
Visitors to Latin America will now have the opportunity to follow the route of the Jesuit missions of the 17th and 18th centuries through six countries, following the addition of Argentina, birthplace of Pope Francis.The route will take in the Jesuit Reductions – settlements for indigenous people which provided instruction in Christianity as well as safety from slave traders. They originated in the early 17th century when, on instructions from King Phillip III of Spain, the Jesuits agreed...
'Last Testaments' will be available in English in November 2016
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has credited Pope Francis’ experience as a Jesuit Superior and an archbishop for his organisational skills – something that he says he lacked during his papacy. His comments were published yesterday in his autobiography, Benedict XVI: Final Conversations, a series of long interviews by German journalist and papal confidante Peter Seewald. The book has been published initially in Italian and German; the English version will be available in late November...
Mama Antula
The life of Blessed Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, who continued to lead Ignatian spiritual exercises in Argentina after the expulsion of the Jesuits, remains an example of Christian witness and perseverance, Pope Francis said.After reciting the Angelus prayer with visitors in St. Peter’s Square on the 28th August, the Pope spoke about the beatification the previous day of the 18th-century consecrated laywoman affectionately known as “Mama Antula.”“Her exemplary...
Care for the environment has been a key issue for this pontificate. Credit: Wikipedia
Pope Francis has called on Christians of all denominations to engage in a major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September).Originally an initiative of the Orthodox Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation started in 1989; Pope Francis went on to establish it as an event for the Catholic Church in a letter last year to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical...
Pope Francis
Since his early years as Pope, Francis has tried to visit Jesuit communities during most of his journeys abroad.  As these meetings are considered private, the Vatican doesn’t usually release a transcript of the event. During World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis made a surprise private visit to a Jesuit seminary in Krakow. Although the Vatican did not publish details about the meeting on the 30th of July, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, a Jesuit who travels as part of the Pontifical...

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