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Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
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I. Beginnings, Character, Organization – II. History to 1773 – III. History from 1814 to the Present – IV. The Jesuits Today

I. Beginnings, Character, Organization

The nucleus of the Society of Jesus (Societas Jesu) was the circle of seven young men, including Ignatius of Loyola, who met on Montmartre in Paris on Aug 15, 1534, and privately took vows of poverty, chastity, and pilgrimage to the Holy Land; if…

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Schatz, Klaus, “Jesuits (Society of Jesus)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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