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The Jesuit Order, also known as The Society of Jesus, is an ecclesiatical order within Roman Catholicism noted for its devotion and allegience sworn directly to the Pope himself. They are active in missions, education, and other activities that support and expand the influence of the Papal Office. They are controversial in that they have gained a reputation for intrigue in the pursuit of their goals.
At certain periods in history, the Jesuit Order have found themselves banned even from devoutly Catholic countries for their activities that are seen to undermine the authority of the local church and local governments in their efforts to expand the influence of the Papacy.