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Aloysius de Gonzaga as a boy
AMDGThe patron saint of young people, and of Jesuit scholastics (students for the priesthood), we celebrate the life of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga SJ in a special way this year with a Jubilee Year to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth. Why is his life worth celebrating?Aloysius, or Luigi, gave up a privileged background to enter the Society of Jesus. While studying for the priesthood, he died while caring for plague victims on the streets of Rome. Rather than flee the daunting realities of his...
Is Illridewithyou the most important hashtag of 2014?
Is #Illridewithyou the most important hashtag of 2014?On 15 December, Man Haron Monis — a 50-year-old Iranian refugee with a history of violence — walked into the Lindt Cafe in Syndey with a loaded gun. Sixteen hours later, Monis and two of the seventeen people he’d held hostage were dead. In the wake of the crisis, Anti-Islamic sentiment seemed to be running high, thanks at least in part to Monis’ claimed affiliation with the Islamic State terrorist group. The actions...