Jesuit martyr for peace
Dutch Jesuit, Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was renowned for his work on behalf of the citizens in the beseiged Syrian city of Homs, was shot dead earlier this week. According to Jan Stuyt SJ of the Dutch Curia, "A man came into his house, took him outside and shot him twice in the head."
Freedom of city for Peter McVerry
Both Peter McVerry SJ and Brian O'Driscoll were made Freemen of the City of Dublin in a joint ceremony in the Mansion House on 22 March. Both acceptance speeches were marked by wit and wisdom.
An extraordinary new saint
On 3 April, Pope Francis canonised the Jesuit Joseph de Anchieta, a remarkable figure by any standard. Fr Anchieta is known as 'the apostle of Brazil', mostly for his work on behalf of the indigenous Brazilian population.
Galway launch by President
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina were guests of honour at the official opening of the newly refurbished buildings in Coláiste Iognáid Galway. The MC was RTE presenter Seán O'Rourke, brother of former pupil Kevin O'Rourke SJ.
Jesuit speaks of war and peace
James Murphy, an Irish Jesuit who teaches philosophy in Loyola University, Chicago, has published an important study on ethics, war and peace, and international affairs: "War’s ends: Human rights, international order, and the ethics of peace."
Fourteen years of failure
Direct Provision for asylum seekers in Ireland is14 years old this month. It was originally envisaged that this system would accommodate people for no longer than six months, but there are now over 1,600 people who have spent 5 years or more living in centres here.