30th September 2016
St Francis Borgia
Francis Borgia came from a noble Spanish family and joined the fledgling Society of Jesus after being courtier to Charles V and eventually Duke of Gandía. His Jesuit life was not without controversy.
4th November 2014
Setting the world on fire? Anti-Catholicism and the Great Fire of London
The popular English imagination associated Catholics with fire, from the Smithfield flames of Queen Mary Tudor to the gunpowder of Guy Fawkes.
27th August 2014
Jesuit Restoration - Part Four: The Restoration of the Society of Jesus
Jesuit historian Thomas McCoog traces the Society of Jesus’s return, after its suppression, to its former standing. It was in Belarus that the Society’s star began to shine again, and as the 18th century drew to a close, the rulers of Europe gradually sought the Jesuits’ return to their countries. In this conclusion to our series, we read about the restoration of the Society of Jesus, the bicentenary of which is being celebrated this month.
20th August 2014
Jesuit Restoration - Part Three: The Survival of the Jesuits
Catherine the Great, who was born on 2 May 1729, was instrumental in helping the Society of Jesus survive during its suppression.
14th August 2014
Jesuit Restoration - Part Two: The Society under Clement XIV
Thomas McCoog SJ continues his account of the tumultuous history of the Jesuits in the 18th century. What lay in store for the Society of Jesus under Pope Clement XIV?
6th August 2014
Jesuit Restoration - Part One: The Jesuits in Europe before 1769
We asked Jesuit historian Thomas M. McCoog to tell us the fascinating story of the Jesuits’ downfall and restoration …and everything in between!
31st July 2013
What would Ignatius make of a Jesuit pope?
For the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola in 2013, we asked Philip Endean SJ, Nicholas King SJ, Thomas McCoog SJ & Gemma Simmonds CJ: what would Ignatius make of a Jesuit pope?
28th February 2013
Pope Benedict XVI: 'Nunc dimittis'
Pope Benedict XVI was born on 16 Apr 1927. Thomas McCoog SJ argues that we have to go back to 1294 to find the only true historical precedent for his resignation.
27th July 2012
The Society of Jesus in Ireland, Scotland and England, 1589-1597
Robert Parsons, Edmund Campion and Ralph Emerson left Rome for the mission to England on 16 April 1580. The development of that mission s described by Thomas McCoog.
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