JESUIT MISSIONS IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD @ SMITHSONIAN




JESUIT MISSIONS
IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD
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JESUIT MISSIONS
    IN THE EARLY MODERN WORLD

THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014 @ 6:45 PM

      SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES - S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER

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                        POPE FRANCIS - A JESUIT PRIEST

 

This year marks the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus (whose members are known as Jesuits), an order rooted in Ignatius of Loyola’s desire to “help souls.”   In the founding document of the Society, Ignatius introduced a vow for priests that affirmed the Jesuits’ willingness to go anywhere in the world at the request of the pope. The Jesuits quickly became the first global religious order.


Thomas Cohen, associate professor of history and director of the Oliveira Lima Library at The Catholic University of America, examines the Jesuits’ work in overseas missions from 1549 to 1773.  He looks at the order’s establishment of missions in a wide range of settings, from the Chinese and Mughal courts to the frontiers of the Iberian empires in the Americas. The Society generally sought to accommodate within a Christian framework the religious and cultural traditions of the peoples among whom they worked.


In the course of their mission efforts, Jesuits made pioneering contributions to fields including geography, mathematics, agriculture, astronomy, comparative ethnology, music, art, and linguistics.


Cohen traces the key ways in which the Society's pastoral ideals and practices—including the real and alleged contributions of Jesuits to the armed resistance of Indians to Spanish and Portuguese authorities in Paraguay in the mid-1750s—generated opposition that eventually led to the suppression of the Society by Pope Clement XIV in 1773.


He also discusses how the Society of Jesus has continued to develop its commitment to missions in the current century, as well as today’s most visible Jesuit, Pope Francis.



 

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