"I have often been threatened with death," Archbishop Oscar Romero told a Guatemalan reporter two weeks before his assassination, 30 years ago on March 24, 1980. "If they kill me, I shall arise in the Salvadoran people. If the threats come to be fulfilled, from this moment I offer my blood to God for the redemption and resurrection of El Salvador. Let my blood be a seed of freedom and the sign that hope will soon be reality".
The Irish Jesuit Mission Office held a four-day Workshop from March 7th – 12th to re-envision its apostolic mandate and to discern its future direction in light of the current realities of diminishing numbers of Irish Jesuit missionaries and the growth of the Society in Africa and
‘Ricci Remembered - The Church in China Today’ is the title of a conference taking place on Saturday 8 May in Dublin, to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci in Beijing, in 1610. Ricci was a Jesuit scientist and missionary to China and a pioneer for the Church reaching out to other cultures.
Today we celebrate St Patrick's Day, and with it our ties as Australians and Catholics to Ireland. St Patrick, of course, is one of many saints whose memory is honoured in the Australian Church. Other saints that we honour include the many Italian regional saints, the Vietnamese martyrs, and of course Mary MacKillop.
Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ awarded a posthumous Honorary Degree.On the occasion of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, in his capacity as Jesuit Provincial of Eastern Africa, Fr. Orobator received from the hands of the university's Chancellor the diploma attesting the Doctoris Honoris Causa granted posthumously to Fr. Cecil Mc Garry, in recognition of all of his many services given to AMECEA, the Catholic Church in Kenya and the university, since its very beginning in 1984.