St Ignatius: rare letter
RARE FIND: The letter signed by St Ignatius
By Simon Caldwell
A rare letter written and signed by St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, has been discovered in Jesuit archives in London.
The document, which had been buried in a filing cabinet for more than 100 years, was discovered last month.
What makes this letter special, say Jesuits at the British province’s mother church in London, is that most surviving signatures of St Ignatius are in Rome, where he spent his last 16 years as the Jesuits’ first father general.
Fr David Smolira, the British Jesuit provincial, says the letter is a “treasured possession”.
“It is quite impossible to put a value on something like this,” he said.
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