Religion: The Society of Jesus

Ignatius of Loyola was clever, dynamic, disciplined and ambitious—qualities that make captains and kings. But instead of a great empire builder, Ignatius became a great saint; instead of an army, he created and commanded the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits.

This week, just 334 years after he was canonized, more than 200,000 graduates of the nation's Jesuit-run high schools, colleges and universities (69, with an enrollment of 122,418) gathered in some 150 U.S. cities and towns for special Masses and breakfasts in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola. For U.S. Roman Catholics it was the...

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