81 year old Stan Swamy won’t Shut Up

81 year old Stan Swamy won’t Shut Up

Ranchi: Eighty-one year old Stan Swamy isn’t going to be gagged or intimidated. He speaks gently, but clearly. He says that both the governments: the one in Jharkhand and the one in the centre, are busy trying to frighten people who have begun to speak out against mismanagement and failure to govern. “What do you […]

This was a life: Inigo Lopez de Loiola

This was a life: Inigo Lopez de Loiola

The man was a soldier, philanderer, some say as vain as a peacock, but he could read … and that one book set him on the path that has now brought excellence in education to the world! Born Inigo Lopez de Loyola in 1491, the man known as Ignatius of Loyola entered the world in […]

Catholics : a part of Bihar for over 300 years!

Catholics : a part of Bihar for over 300 years!

The 66,500 Catholics in 11 districts of  Bihar State are getting ready to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Diocese of Patna, but the history of the Catholic faith in Bihar can be traced some 398 years ago, when Jesuit Father Simon Figueredo SJ came to Patna in 1620 at the invitation of the Mughal […]

Sorrowful First Feast day!

Sorrowful First Feast day!

Sir, Today,  on 31st July, St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology celebrates its feast day. Being an alumina, I remember my first feast day of St Ignatius. Our college had given us a particular time for reporting, but I was late. I was told by my professor that I could not  attend the program […]

Catholics in Bihar bid farewell to ‘Jack of All Trades’

Catholics in Bihar bid farewell to ‘Jack of All Trades’

The citizens in Patna are going to miss the sight of the big ‘gora American in chappals’ who was often seen on a striking vintage motorbike weaving through the lanes and bye-lanes. Fr John Joseph Kenealy, a “jack of all trades” American Jesuit missionary, who cared for Bihar’s girl children decades before the government focused […]

Remembering Camille Bouche SJ

Remembering Camille Bouche SJ

Sir, The good old boys of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School in Calcutta recounted the good old days in memory of one of the best loved teachers. Anecdotes about Father Camille Bouche SJ were shared at the school assembly on Thursday, bringing alive the man generations of Xaverians have loved and revered. Alumnorum Societas (Alsoc), the […]

Sosa, from Venezuela, 31st Black Pope!

The Society of Jesus has elected its first Latin-American leader since its foundation in 1540, a Rome-based Venezuelan whose past curiously parallels that of Francis, the first Jesuit pope. Like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, (Pope Francis)who steered his divided province through the 1970s Argentine dictatorship, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, 67, was Venezuelan provincial between  1996 and […]

Soon, there will be a new Black Pope!

Soon, there will be a new Black Pope!

Soon, very soon, we shall have a new ‘Black Pope’, but will the new Jesuit Superior General be from India? A Jesuit priest has explained how the leadership election process works within the order. The Jesuits have a unique process for electing a superior general for their order, a process that “if you have not […]

Who will be the new ‘Black Pope’?

Who will be the new ‘Black Pope’?

All the top Jesuit priests are heading to Rome for the 36th General Congregation. Its main business will be to elect a new Superior General. (A long time ago, the head of the Jesuits was also called the Black Pope,  perhaps because of the black robes they wore at the time, or because they seemed […]