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Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in Dublin, Aug. 25, 2018.

Clericalism at root of abuse scandals in Church, pope told Jesuits in Ireland

Sep 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits during his visit to Dublin last month that elitism and clericalism in the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants in the 'European Jesuits in Formation' encounter in the anteroom of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 1, 2018.

Pope Francis tells Jesuits in formation to help at-risk youth

Aug 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with a group of Jesuits Wednesday urging them to help youth who are unemployed, and who might... Read more

In an undated file photo, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (L) celebrates Mass with Jesuit superior general Pedro Arrupe.

Beatification cause opens for Jesuit Pedro Arrupe, early mentor to Pope Francis

Jul 13, 2018

By Elise Harris

A cause has begun in the Diocese of Rome for the beatification of Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ, former superior general... Read more

Fr. James Martin.

Fr. James Martin disinvited from speaking engagement over protests

Sep 16, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor at America magazine, has been disinvited from speaking at the Theological College, a seminary... Read more

The story of the 26 year-old Filipino Jesuit on the road to sainthood

Aug 2, 2017

Brother Richie Fernando was a 26 year-old Jesuit seminarian from the Philippines when in 1996 he died protecting his Cambodian... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St Peter's Square, June 21, 2017.

Pope marks feast of St Ignatius by lunching with brother Jesuits

Jul 31, 2017

By Elise Harris

To mark Monday's feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, Pope Francis as usual visited... Read more

St. Ignatius of Loyola by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1620-22.

To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

Jun 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians.  Read more

Nigerian priest shares harrowing story of being kidnapped

Jun 12, 2017

It was supposed to be a quiet retreat weekend last April for Fr. Sam Okwuidegbe, a Nigerian Jesuit priest and... Read more

Fr. John Sullivan in his twenties.

The story behind the Irish priest whose prayers could heal

Apr 26, 2017

Father John Sullivan was a prominent Irish Catholic convert who was known for his healing prayers, his consolation for the... Read more

Sanda Green Thomas, president of GU272 Descendants Association, speaks at the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope at Georgetown University, April 18, 2017.

Georgetown begins to make amends for 1838 sale of enslaved persons

Apr 19, 2017

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn... Read more

Detail from a mosaic of the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie in St. Aloysius parish in Glasgow.

Why Catholics in Scotland want a statue for this martyred priest

Mar 23, 2017

Four centuries after the martyrdom of St. John Ogilvie, Catholics in Scotland have launched a campaign to mark the place... Read more

Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who died Nov. 26, 2016.

Pope mourns death of Fr Kolvenbach, former head of Jesuits

Nov 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

After the death of Jesuit Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former head of the order, over the weekend, Pope Francis has... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Oct. 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Society of Jesus.

Be 'men for others', not wrapped up in clericalism, Francis tells Jesuits

Oct 24, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bringing all people the lasting joy of the Church should be the focus of their service, Pope Francis told representatives... Read more

Father Arturo Sosa, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, prepares to say Mass at the Gesu in Rome, Oct. 15, 2016.

When it comes to Venezuela, new Jesuit head 'critical' of Maduro regime

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

A fellow Jesuit who has known Fr. Arturo Sosa for more than 50 years has said the newly elected head... Read more

Priest shot with rubber bullets during student protest in South Africa

Oct 11, 2016

A Jesuit priest was shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in Johannesburg while trying to protect student... Read more

A view of the southern Kathmandu Valley, near Godawari, Nepal.

How a Jesuit school in Nepal is helping earthquake survivors manage trauma

Aug 21, 2015

A Jesuit primary school located near Kathmandu is using increased counselling and student-parent orientation programs to help both children and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

The Pope's Lent retreat: Bucking tradition or just being his Jesuit self?

Feb 27, 2015

By Ann Schneible

While Pope Francis has altered the custom of his predecessors by leaving the Vatican for his yearly Lenten retreat, one... Read more

Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar (second from left) seen with his family after his release, February 2015.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for... Read more

Ruins in Homs, Syria, as seen in April, 2014.

Jesuit laments car bomb attack in Syria, scorns media silence

Jan 28, 2015

By Oliver Maksan

“Most of them were students at the university, young people who had not left the city. So what sort of... Read more

Procession of the relics of St. Francis Xavier in Old Goa outside Se Cathedral on his feast day, Dec. 3, 2014.

Huge crowds flock to see St Francis Xavier's relics on his feast day

Dec 5, 2014

On Wednesday, the 462nd anniversary of his death, an estimated 200,000 people visited Se Cathedral in Old Goa to venerate... Read more