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Inspirational Jesuits

Karl Rahner

Karl Rahner was theological advisor at the Second Vatican Council and his beliefs included the removal of celibacy for priests and the ordination of women

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Saint Robert Southwell

Robert Southwell is one of the ten canonised Jesuit martyrs of England and Wales, and his prose and poetry are reportedly to have been well known by Shakespeare

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Henri de Lubac

The French Jesuit Henri de Lubac was one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the twentieth century.

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Ruggiero Boscovich

Born in Dubrovnik in 1711, this well-regarded Jesuit developed the first general mathematical theory of atomism; saved the dome of St. Peter’s from ruin; and a lunar crater was named after him.

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Saint Paul Miki

The founding of the Society of Jesus coincided in time with the discovery of new continents and peoples across the world by Europeans. Saint Francis Xavier, one of the founding members of the Jesuits, arrived first in Japan in 1549. Though at first the Japanese proved slow to accept Christianity, missionary work picked up increasing momentum across the islands, to ...

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Pierre-Jean De Smet

Since the very formation of the Society of Jesus, members of the order have travelled vast distances to put themselves at the service of others. Pierre-Jean De Smet made it his life’s work to see to the needs of many Native American tribes across the continent.

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Saint Edmund Campion

One of many Catholics to suffer at the hands of the English government in the wake of Henry VIII’s separation from the Church of Rome, Saint Edmund Campion was forced to flee Britain because of his beliefs and, upon returning to his homeland less than a decade later as a missionary, he was executed for them.

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Michel de Certeau

It has been said of French Jesuit academic and scholar Michel de Certeau, who died in 1986, that he had "an intelligence without bounds".

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