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1. ‘Jesuits’ is the general designation for the Catholic community and → order founded by Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), the ‘Society of Jesus’ (Lat., Societas Jesu, abbr. ‘S. J.’; in Span., Compañia de Jesús). The Order's principal concern is worldwide apostolic and missionary activity. To this end, the Order has placed itself directly under the Pope as representative of the Church as a whole—in contradistinction from t…

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Bayreuther, Sabine, “Jesuits”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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