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Society of Jesus


Society of Jesus: largest Catholic order in the world


Society of Jesus — Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa on prayer


How the Society of Jesus came into existence


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The Society of Jesus is a scholarly religious congregation of the Catholic Church which originated in sixteenth-century Spain. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in education, intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, sponsor direct social ministries, and promote ecumenical dialogue.
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  • Nazi persecution 

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