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Jacques Berthieu SJ

The Jesuit saint who wanted a small heart The feast day of the French Jesuit saint and martyr, Fr. Jacques Berthieu (1838-1896), is celebrated on the 8th of June. Fr. Jacques was canonized in 2012. Fr. Tom Casey reflects on the vocation of this humble and generous Jesuit priest. We instinctively like people with big hearts, who are full of life ...

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Matteo Ricci SJ

Matteo Ricci SJ

The Italian priest Matteo Ricci SJ arrived in China in 1582. Matteo realised that there was much goodness in the Confucian wisdom and tradition which was prevalent in China at that time. Recognising that Confucianism could be used as a starting point for preaching the gospel, Matteo studied the Confusian texts to such a degree that the Confucian teachers or ...

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The trouble with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

RICHARD LEONARD SJ :: Richard Leonard thinks that '50 Shades of Grey' is somewhat tragic. In interview with Pat Kenny on Newstalk he asks if this is the way we want our culture to deal with sexual violence against women.

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Belvedere record-breaking sleepout

The Belvedere College SJ sleepout was a record-breaking success this year. The students sleeping on O'Connell St and College Green raised €178,000 for Focus Ireland, The Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.

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Praying with the Pope

The Pope's Univeral Intention for January is 'That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace'. Charlie Searson SJ, of the Apostleship of Prayer, reflects on it.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins

This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes as its theme: 'The well is deep'. This refers to Christ requesting a drink of the Samaritan woman. Brian O'Leary SJ, delegate for ecumenism in the Irish Province, explains.

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Moyross and Dalkey in Christian solidarity

When Tony O'Riordan SJ, Parish Priest in Moyross in Limerick, went public about the impact on local children of their school losing a teacher, Dalkey Parish responded very generously. He went to thank them.

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Final bicentenary commemoration events

A lecture by Dr David Tuohy SJ on 'Jesuit Humanism in Education' and a major exhibition entitled 'In the Spirit of the Saints: the Jesuit Influence on Baroque Art' will mark the end of a series of events to mark the Jesuit Restoration.

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Three deacons

On 4 January, Milltown Park chapel witnessed the ordination to the diaconate of three Jesuits. Two were Koreans. The third, Shane Daly, is a 41-year-old Irishman from County Kildare. Archbishop performed the ceremony.

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