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John Courtney Murray

John Courtney Murray, author of arguably the most controversial document to arise from Vatican II, Dignitatis Humanae, was vital in articulating the Church’s defence of the right of everyone to religious freedom. Born in New York City in 1904, Murray was educated at a Jesuit high school in Manhattan, and in 1920 he decided to enter their novitiate, at the ...

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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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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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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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