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A 16th-century painting of St. Ignatius in armor.

A cannonball that changed the world: Pope Francis marks 500 years since St. Ignatius’ conversion

The first Jesuit pope sent a video message marking the start of an Ignatian Year. Read more

A 17th-century statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Spanish sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés.

Pope Francis: The Spiritual Exercises deepen the concept of personal reform

The pope made the comment in a video message for the launch of a book by one his early spiritual... Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines can now be seen in St. Mary Major Basilica

The first known nativity scene figurines are on display this Christmas in one of Rome’s oldest basilicas.  Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis hopes to visit Spain to mark 500 years since Jesuit founder’s conversion

Pope Francis said he hoped to visit Spain to mark the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of... 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

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

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