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Jesuit Literature
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[German Version]

Since they were founded, the Jesuits have consistently utilized modern means of communication. P. Canisius was already aware of the power of the written word; he was convinced that only with the pen could people be reached directly, and faith and knowledge be communicated to them. He placed particular emphasis on the religious instruction of children, which he promoted primarily through his catechisms. Matthäus Rader (1561–1634), one of the most significant teachers in the Jesuit order, was the educator of such outstanding lit…

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Haub, Rita, “Jesuit Literature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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