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New Indian Province created

  Jesuit work flourishes in India A new Jesuit province was created last December in Delhi, India, bringing the number of Jesuit provinces in the Indian subcontinent to twenty. There are over 3,800 Jesuits working in the entire subcontinent, and 1,363 of these are preparing for the priesthood. Many of these Jesuits are themselves missionaries – men from Kerala, in ...

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Working with lepers

St Francis Xavier was a frequent visitor to a house for lepers when he was in Goa. Now another Jesuit, Fr Luis Ruiz, in spite of his great age, works to alleviate the sufferings of thousands of lepers in mainland China. Saint Francis Xavier never made it to mainland China, dying within sight of that country on the island of ...

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If Francis were with us today

Patrick Carberry SJ reflects what St Francis Xavier has meant to him in the past and means for him now, and he imagines what the saint would have to say to the people of today. Ever since I first heard about St. Francis Xavier as a child, I’ve been totally in awe of him: his courage, his tenacity, his vision, ...

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Exchanging worldly for missionary ambition

A bare-bone summary of the fascinating and eventful life of one of Christianity’s greatest saints, St Francis Xavier, a life with a profound message and a long legacy. 2006 is the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Saint Francis Xavier, generally regarded as the greatest Christian missionary since St Paul. He was born into a noble family in Javier, Northern ...

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Telling the Liberian story

Former Crescent pupil Liam Ó Cathasaigh prepares to go to Liberia with Colm Quinn to shoot a film about the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service there. This project is financed by the Irish Province as part of the Saint Francis Xavier centenary year celebrations. For almost fifteen years the people of Liberia have known little more than war. Around ...

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Tsunami victims remembered at art exhibition

Pat Coyle describes the opening of Kingsley Gunatillake’s exhibition in Trinity College Chapel on 3 February. There were anxious moments before Charlie Bird arrived to launch the exhibition, but the night turned out to be a great success. It was just over an hour until the opening of Kingsley’s exhibition when Geraldine, Roseanne, Jae Hong and myself arrived at the ...

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Is that too much to pray for?

Gerry Clarke explains how a small group of young adults in Slí Eile have become determined to examine their faith without flinching at the big questions which life and the media throw at us. Bus shelters everywhere ask “does the Church deserve absolution?” And it’s the first question that jumped to mind when a small group of young people gathered ...

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Ziva Voda – running for water

Slovenian Jesuit Miran Zvanut explains how his experience in Ireland inspired him and some fellow-Slovenians to raise money for Jesuit missions in Africa by running marathons. Many avoid speaking of poverty in Africa. Many Christians are losing hope regarding the situation in the Third World. Scripture challenges us with a simple question, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who ...

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Getting real: ‘Deus Caritas Est’

Cathy Molloy sees the new encyclical as a fine instance of the Church “getting real” about matters which concern ordinary people, both in their personal lives and in their response to the call for justice and charity in society. The Catholic Church is often accused of not ‘getting real’ on issues of deep concern to people today and there can ...

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Kashmir earthquake appeal – Thank you

Bill Toner recalls how the Irish Province’s appeal on behalf of earthquake victims in Kashmir was started, and he reports on the projects which have been helped by the money raised. In October 2005, Gertrude O’Connor, a retired special needs teacher living in Navan, was, like many other Irish people, shocked at the devastation caused by the earthquake in Kashmir, ...

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