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March 24, 2016 — A life-size sculpture of the Nazarene, depicted as a homeless person lying down on a bench, has been placed at the entrance of the Office of Papal Charities. It was created by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz.

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March 24, 2016 — Here are several Easter prayers rooted in Ignatian spirituality that can be used for your family gatherings (courtesy of the USA Northeast Province).

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March 15, 2016 — Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on Sept. 4, in Rome later this year. This day is significant because it will be during the celebration of the Jubilee for volunteers and workers of mercy and Mother Theresa has come to be a symbol of God's mercy for the poor and discarded of this world.

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March 15, 2016 — A Winnipeg boy was selected to meet Pope Francis after his question was chosen to be published in a new children's book written by the Pope.

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March 14, 2016 — Fr. James Martin, SJ's new book, “Seven Last Words,” is based on his Good Friday sermon last year at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

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March 7, 2016 — Technically a dead language, Latin is alive and well in Room 225 at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, where two dozen Catholic children decline nouns, conjugate verbs and build simple sentences.

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March 1, 2016 — Pope Francis personally responds to questions from kids in his first children’s book, published by Jesuit-run Loyola Press.

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February 12, 2016 — Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ may focus on climate change, but the essence of the Pope’s environmental encyclical is really a call for cultural change, said the director of the Vatican Observatory.

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February 5, 2016 — Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe (1907-1991), who served as the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983.

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February 3, 2016 — Celebrating the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life, a striking new video featuring Jesuit brothers has been released. View it here.

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February 2, 2016 — In a wide-ranging talk at Seattle University, Fr. David Nazar spoke about the geopolitical realities of the Middle East and how the Catholic Church is responding to the current crisis.

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January 29, 2016 — For gymnasts it might be a twisting tumble, for astrologers a star, for politicians a sandwich. But for Jesuit ecologist Fr. John McCarthy that ultimate accolade — confirmation of a lifetime of scientific research — is to have a lichen named after him.

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January 22, 2016 — Students from Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities gathered today for the Jesuit Mass for Life.

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January 25, 2016 — Since its opening in December 1865, the Church of the Gesù in Montreal has flourished as an important part of Montreal’s religious life.

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January 15, 2016 — The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was created to inform Canadians about what happened in Residential Schools. The Commission was tasked to document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the Residential School experience.

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Father Laurier Crosbie Harvey died peacefully on January 13, 2016 at Ajax-Pickering Hospital. He was in his 91st year of life and was a Jesuit for 60 years. Fr. Laurier is remembered for his extensive missionary work in India and Siberia.

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December 17, 2015 — After five years as director of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, Jesuit Father Bernard Carroll, SJ, is retiring from the role, effective mid-February. More than 100 people in the community, including community leaders and politicians, came to wish farewell to Fr. Carroll, on December 14.

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December 16, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service marks 35 years of accompaniment.

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December 14, 2015 — His Grace Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario bestowed honours upon some of the Jesuit collaborators in the Aboriginal Apostolate from October 13-15.

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Father Donald Beaudois died peacefully on December 8, 2015 at Rene Goupil House, Pickering, ON. He was in his 90th year and in religious life for 70 years. Fr. Beaudois was a well-respected teacher, pastor, and administrator.

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December 8, 2015 — Today Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a year for the church to focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.

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November 18, 2015 — Inspired by Pope Francis’ recent visit to the U.S., a record-breaking 1,600 students and young adults gathered for the 18th annual Ignatian Family Teach for Justice Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

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November 12, 2015 — The meeting in Spain will bring together Jesuit organizations devoted to the promotion of social justice.

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Father John O’Brien, (Jack), died on November 7, 2015 at Rene Goupil House in Pickering, ON in the 92nd year of his life and 71st year of religious life. Fr. "Jack" is remembered for his extensive work and recognition in communications and education.

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