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Pope Francis addresses students and staff from the College of the Gesu in Rome.

Pope Francis to Jesuit college: Remember your origins

Dec 3, 2018

For the 50th anniversary of a Jesuit college in Rome, Pope Francis challenged members of the college community to reflect... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope Francis regularly meets with abuse victims on Fridays

Feb 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a conversation with Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis said he regularly meets with victims of... Read more

A 17th-century Japanese depiction of St. Francis Xavier, from the Kobe City Museum collection.

Why is St. Francis Xavier's arm flying across Canada?

Dec 5, 2017

By Mary Farrow

While he was alive, St. Francis Xavier never got to ride in an airplane. They would not be invented for... Read more

Fr. Wilbert Mireh with his mother and brother, on his ordination day, May 2013.

Pope Francis visits with first Burmese Jesuit priest

Nov 30, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope Francis travels around the world, he often makes time to visit with local Jesuit communities.  This week Fr.... 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

Italian exorcist to Jesuit leader: No, the devil isn't just a 'symbol'

Jun 2, 2017

Italian priest and exorcist Fr. Sante Babolin said that “the devil, Satan, exists” and that “evil is not an abstraction,”... 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

Pope Francis with the community of La Civilta Cattolica in the Clementine Hall, Feb. 9, 2017.

Pope Francis praises expansion of historic Jesuit newspaper

Feb 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the historic Jesuit-run paper La Civilta Cattolica for the first time rolled out four new language editions other than... Read more

Pope Francis meets director Martin Scorsese in the Vatican Nov. 30, 2016.

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for... Read more

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit's 36th General Congregation.

Venezuelan Fr. Arturo Sosa elected as new head of Jesuit order

Oct 14, 2016

By Elise Harris

After several weeks of discussion and discernment, the Jesuit order has elected Fr. Arturo Sosa as their new Superior General,... 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

Pope Francis washes the feet of migrants and refugees during Holy Thursday Mass March 24, 2016.

The world needs a merciful response to refugees, Pope Francis says

Sep 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing... 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

Ennio Morricone.

Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Jun 12, 2015

The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but... Read more

Pope Francis at Mass July 7, 2013.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015

During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in... Read more

Pope Francis has dinner with Jesuits on the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola July 31, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit General Curia.

Pope surprises Jesuits for dinner on feast of Saint Ignatius

Aug 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

In honor of the feast commemorating the founder of their order, Pope Francis made a last minute phone call to... Read more

Pope Francis attended a Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization St. Jose de Anchieta at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Rome, April 24, 2014.

Pope receives sculpture of newly canonized 'Apostle of Brazil'

May 5, 2014

The Diocese of La Laguna on the Spanish island of Tenerife has sent Pope Francis a bronze sculpture of St.... Read more

Priests.

Priest dismissed from Society of Jesus had 'lost his way'

Jan 16, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Father John Dear, a longtime activist for peace and nonviolence who has been dismissed from the Jesuits, is impassioned yet... Read more