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On May 2-4, the Adriatic city of Zadar hosted the “Catholic Religion Olympics 2022,” i. e. the Croatian State competition on Catholic Religious Education for elementary and high school students. The topic of this year’s competition was “Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.” The reason for choosing this theme was the Ignatian Year 2021-2022. This year’s competition included more than 3300 elementary and high school students from all over Croatia. The 160 most successful students gathered in Zadar to test their knowledge and gain new experiences and friends. 

At the beginning of the competition, mons. Želimir Puljić, archbishop of Zadar, greeted the participants and their mentors. He spoke of the Jesuit contribution to the Church and the world. Mons. Puljić pointed out that when we say “the Society of Jesus,” the emphasis is not on the word “Society” but on “Jesus.” “Jesus is the reason why members of the Society associate and adhere to Jesus,” said the archbishop. He also explained that the experience of the Society of Jesus was perseverance despite the difficulties the Jesuits faced over the centuries and not being afraid to begin anew, even when faced with challenges. Mons. Puljić then encouraged the participants to follow the example of St. Ignatius and his spiritual sons and not be afraid to begin anew. 

Luka Ilić, SJ 

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