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Fr Adolfo Nicolás meets the Pope

After a busy first week as newly elected Fr General, Fr Nicolás met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and renewed his vows before him. The Saturday audience began with a photo session and then the two sat down for a warm and friendly conversation. The Holy Father was pleased to hear that that the general congregation had formed a ...

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Fr General gives homily at Mass of Thanksgiving

The text of the homily delivered by Adolfo Nicolás at the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated on Sunday 20 January has been issued by S.J. Press Office, Rome. Above all I would like to say that this is not a message for the whole world. Rather, it is merely a simple homily; a prayerful reflection of today’s readings for us Jesuits ...

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GC35: the Jesuit mission

Word from the SJ Press Office in Rome for 23 January: At 09.00 sharp, the clear pure sound of Father Vlastimil Dufka’s clarinet pierced the conversation of those gathered in the Aula announcing the call to prayer. The music was an opportunity to raise the mind and heart to God before discussing the “down-to-earth” realities of our world and our ...

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GC35: beginning the second part

Word from the SJ Press Office in Rome for 22 January: With the election of the new Superior General completed, the General Congregation now takes up the second part of its duties : governance questions, postulates that have been submitted and other questions arising.

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Jesuit Congregation elects Superior General

Saturday, 19 January, saw the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus elect Father Adolfo Nicolás as their new Father General, the 29th successor to the order’s founder, Ignatius Loyola. He succeeds Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach, whose resignation was accepted on the preceding Monday. Jesuits and their colleagues around the world, as well as many church leaders, have warmly welcomed ...

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Lecture on Dead Sea scrolls

Milltown Institute and the Church of Ireland Theological College will co-host a lecture on the Dead Sea scrolls by an internationally acclaimed expert, Prof. Hanan Eshel. It will take place on Wednesday, 23 January at 8.00pm in the Theatre of Milltown Institute. For more information, email Gabrielle McCabe [email protected] or phone (01) 2776319.

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Prayer for Church Unity Week

On the eve of Church Unity week, Tom Leyden in Belfast asks us to remember all those working in the area of inter-church dialogue. He preached in Knock Methodist Church in East Belfast last week, and he asks us to pray for all the people of the North as they struggle to make peace and work in true communion together ...

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Warm welcome in Dundrum

Des O Grady SJ received a warm welcome from staff and patients when he took up his new post as Chaplain in the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Dublin, this week. Des is picking up the reins from the Marists, who had worked there for many years. One of his illustrious predecessors is Blessed Columba Marmion, whose 150 anniversary will ...

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‘Thinking Faith’ website launched

The British Jesuits have launched a new online publication, Thinking Faith, and the current content features two Irish Jesuit contributions. Michael Hurley SJ asks ‘Our ecumenical hopes – where are they now?‘, and Jim Corkery analyses Pope Benedict’s latest encyclical, Spe Salvi. Thinking Faith has no regular “issue date”. Instead, articles are added at any time. If you want to ...

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