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Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Indigenous Peoples: Its importance and what it means for reconciliation [Interview]

By Fannie Dionne After having apologized in Rome in April 2022 before Indigenous delegations, Pope Francis will visit various Indigenous communities in the territory that is now called Canada from July 24 to 29, 2022. This will be an opportunity “once again to listen to and dialogue with Indigenous peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness …

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Nurturing the Synodal Process in the Province and in Our Networks: The Ignatian Family Roundtable on the Synod

In January, several members of the Ignatian family met to discuss the Synod on Synodality. “How can we enhance and complement what is already happening, and how can we reach out to various groups?” asked Father Gilles Mongeau, SJ, the facilitator. Norbert Piché, Élisabeth Garant, André Courchesne, John O’Brien, SJ, Laurence Loubières, XMCJ, Hendrikus Van …

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Synod, participation and inclusion in the Church: Interview with Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ

On 20 November 2021, Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, delivered the Chancellor’s Lecture at Regis College, Toronto, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity. While he was in Canada, we asked the Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development in Rome to explain the Synod on …

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Michael W. Higgins: The Society of Jesus, a Contemporary Organization That Has Deep Roots

What is the role of the Jesuits in today’s complex Canadian—and even international—religious context? What do they bring to the people involved in their various apostolates as compared to other organizations that do not have a religious identity? In this article that is part of a series on the significance of Jesuits today, Professor Michael …

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The Church: A Sign. An Interview with Professor Gilles Routhier

Gilles Routhier, a professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Laval University and a priest of the Archdiocese of Quebec, is an expert in religious studies, specializing in the history and teaching of Vatican II, as well as in the manner it was received in Canada. He is also superior general of the Séminaire de Québec.  In this article as part of our series on the significance of Jesuits in today’s …

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“A Shepherd to His People”: Jesuits of Canada Welcome New Priest

By José Sánchez / Photos: Michael Swan   August 23, 2021 – On Saturday, August 21, the Jesuit Province of Canada celebrated the priestly ordination of Adam Lalonde, SJ (Canada) at St. Patrick Parish in Ottawa, Ontario, by the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa-Cornwall.  Friends and relatives came from all over to celebrate …

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Religion and Spirituality in Canada: Powerful Themes for Most Canadians

The Society of Jesus celebrates the Ignatian Year in 2021–2022, 500 years after the cannonball injury that precipitated the conversion of Saint Ignatius. Half a millennium after this event, Jesuits can be found in all parts of the globe. Meanwhile, the world has changed. The Catholic world has changed as well, marked in recent history …

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