9th May 2014
Augustin Bea: Scholar, teacher, cardinal
The Jesuit 2014 calendar focuses on Augustin Cardinal Bea (1881-1968) for the month of May. Oliver Rafferty SJ takes an extended look at the life and achievements of this great biblical scholar and ecumenist, about whom Pope John XXIII said: ‘Imagine what a grace the Lord has given in making me discover Cardinal Bea’.
3rd March 2014
‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’
The vibrant revelry of Mardi Gras in the days before Lent has dark origins, explains Oliver Rafferty SJ. What is at the root of the tension between the ‘unbridled passion of Carnival’ and ‘the seriousness and restraint of Lent?’
12th October 2012
50th Anniversary of Vatican II: The history and legacy of the council
Oliver Rafferty SJ asks to what extent the Second Vatican Council achieved the initial aims that were set for it by Pope John XXIII.
18th September 2010
The Pope and the Archbishop
Oliver Rafferty SJ analyses the significance of the honest but welcoming words exchanged by Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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