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Pope Francis approves four priorities for the Jesuits’ next decade

 

Pope Francis greets Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, before a meeting with editors and staff of the Jesuit-run magazine, La Civilta Cattolica, at the Vatican Feb. 9. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout) 

Arturo Sosa, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, today made public the four main reference points, known as “universal apostolic preferences,” that are to guide the life and work of the Jesuits over the next 10 years. He said Pope Francis has approved these four preferences and entrusted them to the Jesuits as their “mission.”

Father Sosa presented these four universal apostolic preferences in a letter to Jesuits worldwide, which was released today. They are:

  1. To show the way to God through discernment and the Spiritual Exercises;
  2. To walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice;
  3. To accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future;
  4. To collaborate in the care of our Common Home.

The Venezuelan-born Father Sosa, 70, who was elected superior general of the Jesuits on Oct. 14, 2016, during the 36th General Congregation, explained the background and significance of the U.A.P.s at a briefing at the Jesuit Curia in Rome on Feb. 16.

He recalled that the 36th G.C. asked him to continue “a process of discernment” and to review the preferences that had been approved in 2003 and “to update their specific content and to develop plans and programs that can be monitored and evaluated.” His Dutch predecessor, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., had carried out a similar discernment and in 2003, with Pope John Paul II’s approval, prioritized ministries in China, Africa, the intellectual apostolate, the Roman houses and among migrants and refugees.

 

 

“We have engaged in a common discernment on what reconciliation means as the common thread for the work of the Society in the coming years.”

Father Sosa reported that since October 2017 “we have engaged in a common discernment on what reconciliation means as the common thread for the work of the Society in the coming years” and “to see how to make this reconciliation concrete in our work we started this common discernment in the Society.” He said “the novelty” in the process was that “it involved all Jesuits worldwide and those working with them in apostolic works, including lay men and women, as well as men and women religious from other congregations who cooperate with us in apostolic works.”

He said he wrote letters to the Society to prepare Jesuits for this common discernment. The first emphasized that “the mission involves our whole life; it’s not just a job.” The second explained the two-year discernment process and emphasized that discernment was first of all “spiritual,” not just a process of “strategic planning”; its aim is to discern certain movements of the Holy Spirit that demand attention and resources. He said this entire process “involved the grassroots structures of the order in the provinces and the regions” as well as the places of formation, thus engaging the younger Jesuits and those linked to the Society’s apostolic works.

Then in early January 2019, he said, the council of the superior general, aided by an external person, Dr. Christina King from Singapore, brought all this together in a document that he presented to Pope Francis on Jan. 17. He said the first Jesuit pope spent some time praying on the text and then handed it back to him on Feb. 9, entrusting it as a mission for the whole Society over the next decade. “In this way,” he said, “the preferences are not just our ideas; they are a mission given by the church through the pope to the Society.”

“The preferences are not just our ideas; they are a mission given by the church through the pope to the Society.”

He said Pope Francis, in an accompanying letter written in Spanish and dated Feb. 6, told him he was consoled that the U.A.P.s were the result of a journey of “dynamic discernment” and not made in “a library or laboratory.” Francis said the preferences “are in harmony with the present priorities of the church [as] expressed through the ordinary magisterium of the pope, of the synods and of the episcopal conferences, above all since ‘Evangelium Gaudium,’” the programmatic document for his pontificate published in November 2013.

The Jesuit pope went on to emphasize that “the first U.A.P. is fundamental because it presupposes as a basic condition the relation of the Jesuit with the Lord, his personal and communitarian life of prayer and discernment.” He told Father Sosa: “I recommend that, in your service as superior general, you insist above all on this. Without this prayerful attitude, the rest will not function.” Francis thanked him for “this work, which I approve and confirm as a mission.”

With the publication of the U.A.P.s, the superior general is asking each of the world’s 15,536 Jesuits, each Jesuit community, province and conference of provincials, as well as their colleagues in mission, to discern how to implement these four preferences in their respective areas of work. He is reminding them to hear in them the voice of the Holy Spirit and to take appropriate action.

In today’s letter, Father Sosa elaborates on the significance of each of the four U.A.P.s. Briefing journalists last Saturday, he emphasized that there is “a dual dimension” to each U.A.P.: “We realize that unless we live the Spiritual Exercises—if we are not persons who engage in discernment—we cannot help others or contribute to others in discernment. We have to live them deeply, and we have to have the creativity to offer new ways of doing the Exercises.”

Commenting on the first U.A.P. (“to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment”), Father Sosa says in his letter, “we sense that secular society today profoundly challenges the church in its task of proclaiming the Gospel,” and “as believers we feel an urgent need to overcome both new secularisms and the nostalgia for cultural expressions of the past.” As Jesuits, he continues, “we resolve to collaborate with the church in experiencing secular society as a sign of the times that affords us the opportunity to renew our presence in the heart of human history.”

“We commit ourselves to help eliminate abuses inside and outside the Church, seeking to ensure that victims are heard and properly helped.”

He describes the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola as “a privileged instrument for making the life and action of the Lord Jesus present in diverse social contexts of today’s world” and says, “therefore, we resolve to gain a deeper experience of the Spiritual Exercises so that they lead us to a personal and communal encounter with Christ that transforms us.” At the same time, he says, “we resolve to offer the Spiritual Exercises in as many ways as possible, providing many people, especially the young, the opportunity to make use of them to begin or to advance in following Christ,” and “we also resolve to promote discernment as a regular habit for those who choose to follow Christ” and “to make regular use of spiritual conversation and discernment in our implementation of the preferences at all levels of the life-mission of the Society.”

Turning to the second U.A.P. (“to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice”), Father Sosa writes, “the path we seek to follow with the poor is one that promotes social justice and the change of economic, political and social structures that generate injustice; this path is a necessary dimension of the reconciliation of individuals, peoples, and their cultures with one another, with nature, and with God.” Furthermore, he says, “We confirm our commitment to care for migrants, displaced persons, refugees and victims of wars and human trafficking,” and “we resolve to defend the culture and the dignified existence of indigenous peoples.”

Father Sosa’s letter appears on the eve of the Vatican summit on the protection of children in the church, and he adds, “we commit ourselves to help eliminate abuses inside and outside the Church, seeking to ensure that victims are heard and properly helped, that justice is done, and that harm is healed.”

“We resolve...to collaborate with others in the construction of alternative models of life that are based on respect for creation.”

Referring to the third U.A.P. (“to accompany the young in the creation of a hope-filled future”), Father Sosa recalls in his letter that the recent synod said that the situation of young people, most of whom are poor, is “a crucial place from which the Church seeks to perceive and discern the movement of the Holy Spirit through this moment of human history.” He reminds Jesuits that since this is the time when individuals make “the fundamental decisions by which they insert themselves into society, seek to give meaning to their existence, and realize their dreams,” it is “by accompanying the young in this process, teaching them discernment and sharing with them the Good News of Jesus Christ, [that] we can show them the way to God that passes through solidarity with human beings and the construction of a more just world.”

He reminds his fellow Jesuits, however, “to accompany young people demands of us authenticity of life, spiritual depth and openness to sharing the life-mission that gives meaning to who we are and what we do.”

Reflecting on the fourth U.A.P. (“to collaborate in the care of our Common Home”), Father Sosa recalls that Pope Francis, in his encyclical “Laudato Si’,” “reminds us that all human beings share responsibility for care of creation.” He notes that “the damage done to the earth is also damage done to the most vulnerable, such as indigenous peoples, peasants forced to emigrate, and the inhabitants of urban peripheries.” As Jesuits, he says, “we resolve...to collaborate with others in the construction of alternative models of life that are based on respect for creation and on a sustainable development capable of producing goods that, when justly distributed, ensure a decent life for all human beings on our planet.” He reminds them that “the preservation over time of the conditions of life on our planet is a human responsibility of immense ethical and spiritual importance.”

Father Sosa concludes his 10-page letter by telling his fellow Jesuits, “With these universal apostolic preferences, we resolve to concentrate and concretize our vital apostolic energies during the next 10 years, 2019-2029. We accept them as a mission of the Church through Pope Francis, who has approved them by confirming the communal discernment that was undertaken by the apostolic body.” Moreover, he says, “it corresponds to us, as a body obedient to the Holy Spirit, to plan with diligence the implementation of the preferences in every dimension of our life-mission.” Finally, he reminds them that “the preferences seek to unleash a process of apostolic revitalization and creativity that makes us better servants of reconciliation and justice.”

19 Feb 2019 - 16:07

INDIA : Christians, Hindus, Muslims march for peace  - FIDES, Kathmandu (CNUA)  "As our journey of peace, harmony and fraternity began, about forty Indian soldiers were martyred in Kashmir. The intent of terrorists is to destabilize the context and relations between India and Pakistan, but also our current government is called to a greater commitment to peace. It is time to respect the human rights of workers, peasants, tribal dalits, minorities and women so that we can all walk on the path of peace, fraternity and protect our constitution and democracy. This is the mission of the Indian government": says to Agenzia Fides Anoop Shramik, human rights activist and organizer of the demonstration and march for peace launched on February 13 from Lumbini (Nepal) and will end in Magahar in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state. The journey of peace wants to highlight "harmony in diversity" and preserve the traditional pluralism of Indian culture. Lumbini (starting point) is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam Buddha, while in Magahar (point of arrival) Kabir Das, the great Indian poet of "composite culture", died. The five-day march, entitled "From Buddha to Kabir", intends to reflect on the necessary harmony among the different communities, cultures and religions present in India and put the accent on the Indian legacy of love and respect for others. About 300 people from different religions, Christians, Hindus and Muslims working for peace have joined the demonstration that will end with a cultural evening on 17 February at the University of Gorakhpur, in the north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh. During the journey, the "Prerna Manch", theater group of the Vishwa Jyoti Communications, in the Congregation of the Indian Mission Society in Varanasi, performs theatrical dramas and street performances focusing on the theme of social and religious harmony and respect for others. The group sings hymns on unity, peace and love, thus leading the procession of peace. "Siddhartha Gautama Buddha is a symbol of peace, compassion and non-violence and Kabir is synonym of a composite and plural culture", says Father Anand Mathew, director of Vishwa Jyoti Communications, one of the organizers of the march which includes Vinod Mall, current general director of the police in Gujarat, committed to peace, pluralism and non-violence. Father Mathew, an Indian Mission Society member states that "it is a Christian duty to spread the message of peace and love". Vishwa Jyoti Communications is a group that has been carrying out similar peace events since 2005, when it led a six-month pilgrimage through 45 districts of Uttar Pradesh, spreading a message of peace, love of neighbor, respect for people of all faiths, peoples and cultures. Father Mathew and the Vishwa Jyoti Communications group carry out a service dedicated to promoting inter-religious harmony through dialogue with people. The best aspect of this dialogue is that it takes place in people's daily lives, with the active involvement of committed people of all castes and religions. 

19 Feb 2019 - 15:18

Fr. General of the Society, Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ is going to visit India. He will be visiting Goa, Mumbai and Pune Provinces in his second visit to India as the General of the Society.

Father Arturo Sosa, superior general of the Society of Jesus, is scheduled to make his first visit the Bombay Jesuit Province on March 2. This is his second visit to India.

Father Sosa had chosen India for his first official trip in February 2017 when he visited his confreres in New Delhi, Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh and Ambikapur and Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

He was elected the head of the largest Catholic religious congregation on October 14, 2016. Father Sosa was elected during the 36th General Congregation, the highest decision making body of the Society. He is the first Jesuit chief from Latin America, the same region of Pope Francis.

His choice of India underlined the demographic shift within the universal Society. The Jesuit Conference of South Asia accounts for close to 25 percent of the whole Society, with 4,027 members.

Father Sosa will meet with the provincial and his team at Vinayalaya, Andheri. He will celebrate Mass for the province and interact with all province Jesuits.

From March 3 to 5, he will visit Manickpur, Vasai, St Stanislaus, Bandra, Talasari Mission, Vinayalaya, Andheri and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He will meet with Archbishop Felix Machado of Vasai and Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay.

The Jesuit superior general sometimes carries the nickname of the Black Pope, after his simple black priest’s vestments, as contrasted to the white garb of the Pope.

The Jesuit Conference of South Asia, the largest unit in the Society, comprises those working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The conference has 18 provinces and two regions.

Points from Matters India

19 Feb 2019 - 11:39

Pope Francis has arrived in the United Arab Emirates for the first ever visit by a pontiff to the Arabian peninsula.

He landed in Abu Dhabi where he was greeted by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

The Pope will take part in an interfaith conference and on Tuesday hold Mass in which 120,000 people are expected to attend.

Before leaving he expressed concern about the war in Yemen, in which the UAE is engaged.

"The population [in Yemen] is exhausted by the lengthy conflict and a great many children are suffering from hunger, but cannot access food depots," the Pope said.

"The cry of these children and their parents rises up to God," he said.

It is not clear whether the Pope plans to raise the issue in public or in private while visiting the UAE. The UAE is involved in Yemen as part of a Saudi-led coalition.

Pope Francis meets Abu Dhabi"s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-NahyanImage copyrightREUTERS

Image captionThe Pope was welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince

The UAE is home to nearly a million Roman Catholics, most of them from the Philippines or India.

Some have been queuing for passes for Tuesday's Mass. One told AFP news agency the Pope's visit "opens doors for conversations about tolerance that the whole world needs to hear".

In a video message on Thursday, the Pope said: "Faith in God unites and does not divide, it draws us closer despite differences, it distances us from hostilities and aversion."

He paid tribute to the UAE as "a land that is trying to be a model of coexistence, of human brotherhood, and a meeting place among diverse civilisations and cultures".

While in Abu Dhabi, the Pope will also hold a meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque, which is the highest seat of learning for Sunni Muslims.

BBC Arabic's Murad Batal Shishani, who is in Abu Dhabi, says the Vatican hopes that the Pope's visit might loosen restrictions on the building of churches in the region, particularly in neighbouring Saudi Arabia where non-Muslim places of worship are forbidden.

Vatican officials say they need a stronger Church presence in the UAE to minister to the Catholic community there.

"We are really stretched. We need more churches. We need more priests," one official was quoted by Reuters as saying.

4 Feb 2019 - 06:01

The cause of Father Arrupe

Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, invites you to participate in the opening session of the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Pedro Arrupe Gondra (1907-1991), 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, presided over by His Eminence Angelo Cardinal De Donatis, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome.
This session will be held in the Aula della Conciliazione, at the Apostolic Palace of the Lateran, Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano, on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 4:00 PM.

 
Proposal to Jesuit communities all over the world

Fr. Pascual Cebollada, postulator of Fr. Arrupe’s cause, invites all Jesuit communities to celebrate the Eucharist on Tuesday, February 5, at a time convenient to them, in thanksgiving for the life of our former Superior General on the 28th anniversary of his death. Thus, the whole Society of Jesus will be united in prayer on the occasion of the official opening of the process of his cause of beatification.

 
The event live on TELEPACE

If you cannot be there, you can still watch the event live on TelePace-Roma.
On Sky, channel 515 - In Rome on digital channel 73 or 214 in HD.

Anywhere online (in streaming) at https://telepacenews.it/diretta
 

2 Feb 2019 - 05:44

 

Young people themselves are "a sign of the times"

JAN 22 , 2019 TRAVELS

For the past 10 days, a thousand young adults have been on pilgrimage through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. As participants in MAGIS they have spent their time among the poor, immersing themselves in different cultures, learning to pray and reflect on their experiences, all while travelling the various roads to World Youth Day in Panama. Yesterday those roads led the pilgrims to the church of Colegio San Francisco Javier where they spent an hour with Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ – Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

With young adults from dozens of nations around the world, the pilgrims chose 5 of their own to voice their experience of MAGIS. With Fr. Sosa listening, they shared stories of uncertainty giving way to understanding, excitement being tempered by humility, fear turning into service of the very people of whom they were previously afraid. Fr. General thanked them for their service and honesty during their pilgrimage, then offered them a mission.

Only weeks ago, in his welcome message to the MAGIS participants, Fr. Sosa told them that they were pilgrims on mission in the same way that St. Ignatius himself was a pilgrim. As such, they should take to heart the lessons they were about to learn, the people they were about to meet, and the call they were about to hear. That call, Fr. Sosa continued, was for them, “to become a sign of the times.”

Reflecting on his own experience at the recent Youth Synod in Rome, Fr. Sosa offered the pilgrims what he called "the 10 signs of the Times": pivot points that can challenge the life of the church and contemporary society. One of those signs, how young adults perceive the movement of the Spirit of God through the world, comes about by putting young people in a space where they can dream, the spirit can move, and God can open the heart for compassion. It is in this space that we feel the pain of our brothers and sisters and, emboldened by grace, we can decide to place ourselves at the service of others in the belief that we can make a better world, a better humanity.

 

 

As his words settled, the pilgrims realized that Fr. General had just described the experience of the past ten days. They realized that they truly were pilgrims, and that they had heard a call, a mission. That they could see pain and suffering and exclusion all around them, and they were called to transform that world. That they were being offered the chance to be one of those signs of the times that could change the Church and society for the better.

After a brief Q&A with Fr. General, the pilgrims made their way back to their campus for the night. The next morning would see the start of World Youth Day festivities. The thousand will meet the millions. The singing and praying will become louder. The dancing will be more joyful.

24 Jan 2019 - 08:46

By Associated Press Reporter

January 23 2019 10:01 PM

    Pope Francis has arrived in Panama where he is to offer encouragement to young people gathered for World Youth Day 2019.

    The pontiff’s plane touched down on Wednesday afternoon in the Panamanian capital.

    He was met by President Juan Carlos Varela and first lady Lorena Castillo, who escorted him along a red carpet laid on the tarmac.

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    Pope Francis walks between Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and first lady Lorena Castillo de Varela (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

    Spectators waved Panamanian flags in greeting and shouted: “This is the youth of the pope!”

    The pontiff told reporters travelling with him aboard the papal plane that he plans to go to Japan in November.

    Francis had previously said he wanted to go, but this is the first confirmation that a trip will happen.

    The pope also said he wants to visit Iraq, but that local church leaders have told him that the security situation is not yet right.

    After Panama, the pontiff has scheduled trips to the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

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    24 Jan 2019 - 08:34

    Bamunigam, January 22, 2019: Prior to the priestly ordination of four deacons of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese, a road accident claimed at least 13 lives including women and children and left more than 35 critically injured in Kandhamal district of Odisha, Eastern India, January 22.

    According to sources, the mishap took place this morning near Bangadadua Ghat when the mini-truck carrying over 40 passengers was en route to Brahmanigaon from Kalingi. The driver of the truck suddenly lost control over the vehicle following which the vehicle plunged into the gorge.

    The people were travelling to attend the ordination of four deacons at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bamunigam of Kandhamal district.

    Divine Word Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar ordained deacons Divyaranjan Digal, Akshaya Senapati, Ananta Uthansingh and Deepak B. Singh. They hail from different parishes of Kandhamal district.

    It is feared that the number of deaths may rise. The details of death and injured are not yet available, Father Augustine Singh, who attended the ordination ceremony, told Matters India.

    “The tragedy is too shocking. It is the saddest event in the region on the priestly Ordination day. May the departed souls find rest in heavenly abode and the survivors receive strength from God,” Father Singh said.

    Kandhamal District Collector and Sub-collector rushed to Brahmanigam hospital after relatives of the deceased persons demanded a compensation, reported OTV.

    23 Jan 2019 - 07:09

    INDIA :  Latin-rite bishops create 2 new commissions By Robin Gomes (Vatican News via CNUA) The plenary assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) concluded on Jan. 14, establishing the new Commissions for Ecology and Small Christian Communities. The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) that brings together the Latin bishops of the country’s 132 dioceses, concluded its plenary assembly on Monday establishing two new commissions, a CCBI press release said. 143 bishops participating in CCBI’s 31st Plenary Assembly held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu state, from January 7 to 14, voted in favour of establishing the new Commissions for Ecology and for Small Christian Communities (SCC).

    Ecology - The bishops’ decision to start a Commission for Ecology is in response to the appeal of Pope Francis in his Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si” published in 2015, in which the Pope urges all people of good will to take care of our universe. The proposal was discussed earlier in the 79th Executive Committee meeting of the CCBI held on 1 May 2018 in Bangalore.  Aware of the importance and urgency of responding to the environmental challenges in India and trying to embark on a new path to care for and protect the environment, the Bishops felt the need to establish a commission to deal with the issue. Auxiliary Bishop Alwyn D’Silva of Bombay Archdiocese has been elected the chairman of the Commission for Ecology.

    Small Christian Communities - The new Commission for Small Christian Communities is to promote the Gospel values at the grass root level and prepare all faithful to witness the compassionate ministry of the Church in their local life situations. Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas of Simla-Chandigarh is the chairman of the Commission for Small Christian Communities. 

    Bishop Neethinathan of Chingelput diocese  that hosted the weeklong plenary assembly accorded a public reception to the participants on Sunday at the Bishop’s House.  It included a Holy Mass presided over by outgoing CCBI president, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay. 

    CCBI plenary ends - The CCBI plenary assembly came to an end on Monday with a thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration by the new CCBI president, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão.  During the Mass, the bishops entrusted themselves and their dioceses to Divine Providence and prayed for the people of India.  The bishops also participated in a Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction led by Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras Mylapore, the new CCBI vice president.  The apex body of the Catholic Church in India is the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), that bring together the Latin-rite (CCBI) and two eastern rites – the Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches that claim their origin from St. Thomas the Apostle.  With 189 bishops from 132 dioceses, the CCBI is the largest bishops’ conference in Asia and the fourth largest in the world. 

    The chairmen of other CCBI Commissions are as follows: 

    • Commission for Boundary - Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão of Goa and Damon
    • Commission for Bible - Bishop Antonysamy Peter Abir of Sultanpet
    • Commission for Catechetics - Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar
    • Commission for Canon Las and Other Legislative Texts – Bishop Derek Fernandes of Karwar
    • Commission for Ecumenism – Bishop Francis Serrao SJ of Shimoga
    • Commission for Family - Coadjutor Archbishop Sebastian Kallupura of Patna -
    • Commission for Laity – Bishop Eugene Joseph of Varanasi
    • Commission for Liturgy – Archbishop Dominic Jala SDB of Shillong
    • Commission for Migrants – Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur of Raipur
    • Commission for Proclamation – Bishop Raphy Manjaly of Allahabad
    • Commission for Theology and Doctrine – Archbishop Felix Toppo SJ of Ranchi
    • Commission for Vocations – Bishop Udumala Bala of Warangal
    • Commission for Women – Bishop Francis Kalist of Meerut
    • Commission for Youth – Bishop Nazarene Soosai of Kottar

    https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2019-01/india-latin-bishops-ccbi-plenary-conclusion-new-commissions.html

    17 Jan 2019 - 08:11

    ROME :  Social Justice and Ecology - 50 years of Jesuit Commitment by  Fr. Arturo Sosa S.J. (SJCURIA via CNUA)  A video message from Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General. Fr. Sosa declares, “This is not only a time of renewal for our institutions, social centres or for members of social apostolates. It is a moment that must permeate the entire Society of Jesus, all Jesuits and all our partners in the mission.” The three-phase celebration involves Provinces, Conferences and the Universal Society. It will culminate with a gathering of Jesuits and partners in Rome in November 2019; it will be an opportunity to discern the roadmap to implement the Universal Apostolic Preferences that will be announced in February. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_inCHQrqSe0

     

    10 Jan 2019 - 05:15

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