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NY Jesuit School Poised To Appoint First Laywoman President

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (RNS) Le Moyne College appears poised to make history by appointing the first laywoman to head a U.S. Jesuit college or university. ...

Tips for Interfaith Organizing on College Campuses

Aamir Hussain | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

However well-intentioned, interfaith dialogue will likely fail if the conversation is inappropriate for its audience, participants feel pressured to compromise their beliefs, and if some participants attempt to proselytize.

Pope Francis in the Sacristy

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

Today I met Pope Francis and I understood, in the one of the fullest and richest senses that I ever have in my life, what a hero really is.

A New Christmas Brings to the Vatican Fisherman's Shoes Instead of Red Slippers

Ken Atchity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Ken Atchity

Both popes face the daunting task of restoring confidence in a religious institution rocked with scandal both sexual and financial. Can he restore the faith of fallen-away Catholics like myself, who could no longer bear the dichotomy between institutionalism and morality?

Pope Francis and Doctrinal Development

Thomas Worcester | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

One who would preach the gospel effectively must, like Jesus, identify with the vulnerable of the earth, stand with them, and be a voice for their liberation.

Surprise Saint! Jesuit Priest Unexpectedly Canonized

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.17.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced the canonization of Pierre Favre, a 16th century Jesuit priest who is often dubbed the "second Jesuit" for being the...

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

What Role Models for Pope Francis?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Dispensing with the need for a miracle that could be attributed to Blessed John XXIII's intercession, Pope Francis has approved him for canonization as a saint. Francis demonstrates by this decision his exceptional admiration for the pope who called the Second Vatican Council.

Is the Pope Catholic?

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, has been a ray of sunshine since his elevation in March. His charm, humility and generosity, and his respect even for gays and atheists, have made him far more appealing than the authoritarian medievalist he replaced.

Pope Francis, the Charismatic Liberationist

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

While the Argentine pontiff weighs in on diverse issues in his groundbreaking interview, he clearly emerges as a pastor who is profoundly influenced by what have been two competing tendencies in the Latin American church.

A Gay Episcopalian Goes on a Catholic Spiritual Retreat

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I know I'm not going to go to a gay wedding in a Catholic church anytime soon, and I know I'm not always going to agree with what the leaders of the Catholic Church have to say, but my time at Loyola affirmed for me that people of faith have more things in common than differences.

Pope Francis Celebrates Jesuit Roots

Posted 08.01.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis celebrated mass at the Church of Gesù in Rome on Wednesday morning for the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit o...

One Hundred Days of Pope Francis

Thomas Worcester | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Since his election on March 13, Pope Francis has captivated the imaginations and enkindled the hopes of many millions of Catholics and others throughout the world.

Jesuits Face A Shrinking Pool Of University Presidents

Posted 05.09.2013 | Religion

By Tim Townsend St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) For 25 years, St. Louis University has been led by the Rev. Lawrence Biondi. And for near...

Dear Dzhokhar, I Can't Hate You

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

Dear Dzhokhar, I don't and can't hate you. I am glad you are in custody, but you are just a kid, and you are lost. I will love and pray for you.

Pope Francis And The Ongoing Reform Of The Leadership Conference Of Women Religious

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Pope Francis is brand new to his job, and it would have been odd for him, as some may have expected, to essentially undo a process that has been in the works for several years.

Are We There Yet? The Blessing Of Traveling Uncomfortably

Michael Rossmann, SJ | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Michael Rossmann, SJ

Always choosing the comfortable option might not be what brings us the most satisfaction; especially because the comfortable route frequently reduces the amount of contact with other people - beautiful, hurting, hilarious humanity.

Is A Jesuit Pope An Oxymoron?

Thomas Worcester | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Until a week ago, there had not been a pope who also belonged to a religious order in more than a century and a half. No Jesuit had ever been elected pontiff. I had thought this would never happen, in part because Jesuits make a promise not to seek ecclesiastical offices.

Pope Francis And The Preferential Option For The Latin American Poor

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Between losses to charismatic Protestantism and a growing number of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among the region's impoverished youth, Catholicism in Latin America finds itself at a critical juncture. New Evangelization will thus most likely become the focal point of Pope Francis' papacy.

Pope Francis Cast as Heralded Star of 'Transformation'

Noel Irwin Hentschel | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Noel Irwin Hentschel

Pope Francis refused to sit on the throne, preferring to stand with his flock. He will walk and lead with a new style of simplicity following the footsteps of his first love, Jesus Christ.

Jesuit Study on Undocumented Students

Fr. Richard Ryscavage | Posted 05.15.2013 | College
Fr. Richard Ryscavage

We cannot let undocumented students languish in a void without access to higher education. Nor can we offer them solutions that are only temporary.

Good News/Bad News, Mixed Messages & Blessings in Jesuit Takeover of Vatican

Ken Atchity | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Ken Atchity

He has a debatable track record vis-à-vis the Argentine church's relationship with the junta in the 1970s Dirty War, which strained his relations with many liberal Jesuits worldwide. I don't like this story. What's really going on here?

What If The New Pope Decided To Become A 'Catholic'?

Gerry Gavin | Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion
Gerry Gavin

Maybe the new pope will realize that to be universal, the church needs to embrace differences and expand love rather than embracing limiting and separatist beliefs.

12 Pretty Good Reasons Why I Should Be Pope

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Dear Cardinals: I know you've got a tough job coming up in the conclave. You have to do the impossible: elect a guy who is super holy, wicked smart, speaks about a dozen languages and can run an international conglomerate. So to make things easier, I'd like to suggest a candidate: Me.

Advent Is About Desire

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Desire is a key part of Christian spirituality because desire is a key way that God's voice is heard in our lives. And our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ, the Desire of the Nations.