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Today is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius, Founder of the Society of Jesus

Today is St. Ignatius Day, the feast day of the founder of the Jesuits, who died on this day in 1556.  To commemorate the occasion, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, will say Mass today at the Church of the Gesù in Rome, where St. Ignatius is interred.

Jesuits across the globe will also mark the feast day by celebrating Mass and gathering together in community as they have since the Society of Jesus was founded in 1540.

National Jesuit News recently caught up with several U.S. Jesuits as they gathered in Denver for a four-week Novice History Colloquium. Watch the following video to see why St. Ignatius is still such an influential and inspiring figure to Jesuits, more than four centuries after his death.

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October 8, 2015 — Each fall, Jesuit schools mark the new school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a tradition that began at the first Jesuit school in Sicily in 1548.

October 5, 2015 — Echoing Pope Francis’ call to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Society of Jesus is urging elected officials to admit more Syrian refugees to Canada and the U.S.

October 2, 2015 — All 28 Jesuit institutions are listed near the top of their category among America’s “Best Colleges” in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

September 30, 2015 — The mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service has been to "be near the least and the abandoned," as Pope Francis has urged, for the past 35 years.

September 29, 2015 — Pope Francis concluded his trip to the U.S. Sept. 27 in Philadelphia, where he attended the World Meeting of Families and made a stop at Saint Joseph’s University.

September 28, 2015 — Pope Francis has named Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno as the new director of the Vatican Observatory. Br. Consolmagno is a planetary scientist who has been an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory since 1993.

September 25, 2015 — During his visit to New York City, Pope Francis addressed the U.N. and attended a prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial.

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