ROME (RNS) The Rev. Antonio Spadaro has become so closely identified with the pontiff that he is almost as big a target as Francis for critics whose complaints are louder than ever.
ROME (RNS) The Italian priest has interviewed the pontiff several times and is known as one of Francis’ trusted advisers. In this interview, Spadaro talks about the opposition to Francis, what’s next for the pope and the church, how the 80-year-old Francis deals with his workload, and why he is tired of seeing the popular pontiff described as a 'nice' pope.
ROME (RNS) The Rev. Arturo Sosa is the first Latin American to hold the post, much as Pope Francis, also a Jesuit, is the first Latin American elected to the papacy.
(RNS) In choosing Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has shifted the religious narrative of the election away from the false equation of “religion” and “Christianity” with radical, conservative, evangelicalism.
NEW YORK (RNS) A herald of the Catholic social justice movement, the Jesuit became synonymous with peace activism in the Vietnam era and beyond.
KANSAS CITY (RNS) Anna Kurzweil lived a simple and unpretentious life. So when it emerged that she left such a large sum to the Jesuits, nobody could believe it.
(RNS) Behind the Jesuit label lies a brand of spirituality that includes a passion for justice, a missionary zeal, a focus on engaging the wider world and a preference for collaboration.
NEW YORK (RNS) Why are boldface names often buried from the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola? The top three reasons are the same responses you get to almost every question about New York: location, location, location.
NEW YORK (RNS) “The thing that really bothers me is the creeping fundamentalism among Catholics who think that they have to sacrifice their reason to follow God. And that is exactly the opposite of what God wants.”
(RNS) The historical drama “Silence,” stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1980 novel of the same name, it's a dark, true tale set in 17th-century Japan.
(RNS) "Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when he said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,'" Jesuit leader Thomas H. Smolich admonished House members who graduated from Jesuit schools and colleges.
(RNS) The process of engaging cultures is especially advanced in Asia, where Jesuits have established a beachhead. But it also means that theologians often use nontraditional formulations to try to communicate the faith to Hindu or Buddhist audiences.
(RNS) The Rev. John Dear has long been known as something of a Lone Ranger type in an order that is known for its powerful communal ethos and its strict vows of obedience.
(RNS) Favre, who lived from 1506-1546, was a roommate of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founders of the Jesuits, at the University of Paris.
(RNS) Here are five broader insights that this wide-ranging interview revealed about Pope Francis -- and why they will be keys to reading his pontificate, and perhaps the future of Catholicism.