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St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was the founder of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the Jesuits. While recovering from injuries suffered in battle, Ignatius experienced a powerful conversion. He eventually wrote his Spiritual Exercises and founded the Society of Jesus in the late 1530s. His feast day is July 31.

Ignatius Press was founded in 1978 by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. in order to publish the works of great Catholic theologians, including Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press is now one of the largest Catholic publishers in the world, producing both scholarly and popular works of theology, philosophy, Scripture, history, catechesis, spirituality, and fiction. Since 1978 Ignatius Press has published nearly one thousand different titles.

Ignatius Insight and the Insight Scoop weblog are online resources meant to assist readers who wish to learn more about the Catholic Church and her teachings, beliefs, practices, and history. The Insight Scoop blog features daily commentary from Ignatius Press authors, staff, and others associated with Ignatius Press, about theological issues, current events in the Catholic Church, and a host of related topics.

Opinions expressed on this weblog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Ignatius Press. From time to time this weblog will post links to articles. Such links do not necessarily imply agreement or disagreement with the articles in question, but are provided as a means of generating and furthering discussion on important issues.

Carl E. Olson, author of Will Catholics Be "Left Behind"? (2003) and co-author of The Da Vinci Hoax (2004), is the moderator of the Insight Scoop weblog and the editor of the Ignatius Insight e-zine. You can send comments, questions, and suggestions to him at [email protected].