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Former head of world's Jesuits, who lived in PH, dies at 84

May 21, 2020 - 12:02 AM

Father Adolfo Nicolás, former Jesuit superior general, is remembered in the Philippines as a man who 'detested clericalism in whatever form'

'FATHER NICO.' Father Adolfo Nicolás, former head of the world's Jesuits, till his death remained the simple 'Father Nico' whom Filipinos knew. Photo from Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific

Canada's Jesuits to name priests accused of sexual abuse

Dec 18, 2019 - 9:43 AM

'It is the right thing for us to do,' and for victims of abuse it is 'important to healing,' says Erik Oland, the head of the Jesuits of Canada

A time to listen: Why we fast during Lent

Mar 27, 2018 - 5:44 PM

I think that cutting down is done in order to make a little more room in our hearts for one another, and also maybe a little more room for God

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Fr Romeo Intengan, priest exiled during Marcos years, dies at 74

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) The former head of the Philippine Jesuits, Father Romeo Intengan, is 'dead on arrival' at the Quirino Hospital a week before his birthday

Ateneo priests, La Salle brothers hit drug war killings

Aug 26, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We cannot build the Philippine nation on the cadavers of the Filipino people says Jesuit provincial superior Father Antonio Moreno

'JUSTICE FOR ALL.' Members of the Stop the Killings Network offer candles for the victims of the government's war on drugs, inside Santa Cruz church in Manila on August 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Killed Filipino Jesuit in Cambodia on road to sainthood

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando could become the first Filipino saint born in the 20th century

ROLE MODEL. Jesuit seminarian Richie Fernando, 26, is remember for trying to stop his student from releasing a grenade in a school for the handicapped in Cambodia. Photo from

Jesuit leader says martial law 'fraught with danger'

May 28, 2017 - 12:11 AM

Father Antonio Moreno urges vigilance so that the dark atrocities of martial law under Ferdinand Marcos not be repeated

JESUIT LEADER. The head of the Jesuits in the Philippines, Father Antonio Moreno, has led the Jesuit Philippine Province in pursuing a 'roadmap to Mindanao.' File photo from

Philippine Jesuits join CBCP vs death penalty

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Might should not be equated with right says Father Antonio Moreno the Philippine head of the biggest male religious order in the Catholic Church

JESUIT LEADER. Father Antonio Moreno (right), provincial superior of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, says the Philippine Jesuits joins the CBCP in denouncing the death penalty. File photo courtesy of Rick Flores

Jesuit head in Philippines: Killings 'deplorable'

Aug 28, 2016 - 7:37 AM

Father Antonio Moreno provincial superior of the Philippine Jesuits hits a dangerous culture of impunity that is seeping into our social fabric

JESUIT LEADER. Father Antonio Moreno (right), provincial superior of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, urges his Jesuit brothers to seek a 'discerned response' to the war on drugs waged by the Philippine government. File photo courtesy of Rick Flores

Jesuit groups: Hero's burial for Marcos 'buries human dignity'

Aug 20, 2016 - 7:39 PM

Burying the dictator in the Libingan ng mga Bayani will not heal our wounded country Jesuit groups say

MARCOS FAMILY. Former first lady Imelda Marcos (2nd from the right) and her children weep on September 9, 1993, during a public eulogy for Ferdinand Marcos in Batac, Philippines. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

'Ignacio de Loyola' is first Filipino film to screen in Vatican

Jun 17, 2016 - 12:48 AM

A Filipino produced historical film based on the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola screens at the Filmoteca Vaticana

Photo from Facebook/Ignacio de Loyola

Ateneo presidents slam Bongbong Marcos ‘revision of history’

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Heads of Jesuit run universities join nearly 530 other signatories against ‘the darkness and oppression of the Marcos years’

DICTATOR’S SON. Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, a candidate for vice president, gestures during his campaign in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, on February 9, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Ateneo priest eyed as next Filipino saint

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle opens the process to declare Fr George Willmann SJ the next Filipino saint

Jesuits on sex abuse case: ‘Invitation to examine ourselves’

Nov 29, 2015 - 11:00 AM

The response is prompted by a sex abuse case the first formal complaint of such nature brought before the Society of Jesus in the Philippines

JESUIT POPE. Pope Francis leads a Church facing accusations of child abuse committed by priests. One of these involves a former Jesuit in the Philippines. In this file photo, the Pope celebrates the sainthood of Jesuit priest Peter Faber at the Chiesa del Gesù in Rome on January 3, 2014. File photo by Osservatore Romano/AFP

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Nov 26, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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Part 2: Sex abuse case: Jesuits asked to pay $16M

Nov 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] In the Philippines very rough and possibly outdated estimates say about 3 of the country’s priests may have committed sexual misconduct

What do Church rules say about ex-Jesuit's sex abuse case?

Nov 25, 2015 - 3:10 PM

This case is unique because the alleged sexual abuse happened 30 years ago – and the alleged offender is dead

LANDMARK DOCUMENT. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines uses a landmark 2003 document to guide itself in handling sexual abuse cases. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Part 1: Ex-Jesuit accused of sexual abuse

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:52 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] This marks the first time that a formal complaint about sexual abuse has been put on record with the Society of Jesus Philippine Province

What Filipino Jesuits sang to Pope Francis

Jan 19, 2015 - 9:47 AM

In a gesture of gratitude the Filipino Jesuits who met with Pope Francis serenade him with a song composed by one of their own

THE JESUITS. Pope Francis meets with 40 Filipino Jesuits in Manila on January 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Fr Archie Carampatan SJ

Pope in Leyte, typhoon Amang, selfie with Francis | The wRap

Jan 17, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Pope Francis flies to Leyte…but the storm cuts his trip short And he poses for his first selfie in Manila

Another surprise: Pope Francis meets with Filipino Jesuits

Jan 16, 2015 - 8:10 PM

4th UPDATE Ateneo President Fr Jett Villarin tells Rappler the Pope and the Jesuits discussed vocation love of Christ and the youth Very Jesuit very casual

'FAMILY GATHERING.' Pope Francis meets with 40 Filipino Jesuits from various Jesuit institutions all over the country. Photo courtesy of Fr Ari Dy, SJ

Elderly, infirm Jesuits celebrate Pope arrival from home

Jan 15, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Elderly Jesuit priests say they feel a profound gratitude for Pope Francis arrival in the Phillippines

ON POPE WATCH. Patients of the JM Lucas Infirmary for Jesuits react to Pope Francis finally stepping out of the SriLankan Airline jet in Villamor Airbase. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Filipino Jesuits on Pope visit: It's a form of renewal

Jan 09, 2015 - 2:02 PM

Rappler speaks to 6 Jesuit priests on what the visit of Pope Francis – the first Jesuit pope – means to them

Pope's leadership style: 'He did the laundry'

Dec 05, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Pope Francis emphasizes leading by serving says a best selling author who stresses society s need for new habits of leadership

'MERCY, COMPASSION.' Pope Francis blesses a child as he visits Varginha favela ('shanty town') in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on July 25, 2013. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Vatican: Philippines to help Pope reach Asia

Oct 11, 2014 - 9:13 AM

Pope Francis trip to the Philippines fulfills his dream as a young Jesuit: to serve as a missionary in Asia which he now calls a great frontier

OLD FRIENDS. Pope Francis (right) and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (left) whisper to each other during the Synod of Bishops on the Family, held in Vatican City in October 2014. Francis and Tagle will meet again in January 2015 when the Pope visits the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Fr Yulito Ignacio

Jesuit Roque Ferriols turns 90, touches lives of youth

Aug 16, 2014 - 11:22 PM

If I say Be good you might think I am joking But to tell you the truth that is the most important of all – if we understand it Ferriols says

FRUIT OF OBEDIENCE. Fr Roque Ferriols taught philosophy for around half a century until 2013, when he quit after a cataract surgery. File photo by Henson Wongaiham

PH Jesuits celebrate SJ restoration's bicentenary

Aug 10, 2014 - 4:02 PM

The Society of Jesus looks back at one of the most challenging periods in their history — the abolishment of their Order during the 18th century

PARADE OF JESUITS. The Jesuits marched from the entrance of University Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan to celebrate a mass on the 200th anniversary of restoration of the Society of Jesus. Photo by the XU Communications Office

Making time for others: The Pope's way

Jul 21, 2013 - 10:54 AM

Pope Francis sends a thank you note to a priest he has never met reminding the priest that no one is too busy to do an act of kindness

FROM THE POPE. Fr James Martin gets a handwritten 'thank you' note from Pope Francis. Photo courtesy of Fr James Martin

Why a Jesuit Pope is a surprise

Mar 14, 2013 - 6:40 PM

A Jesuit pope What does it mean and why is it a novelty?

POPE FRANCIS I. Argentina's low-profile cardinal, Jorge Bergoglio, is the new pope.