Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ

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         Earlier today, Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Society of Jesus for the next ten years. An “Apostolic Preference” is a “priority for discernment”, in which we recognise the calls made to us by the Holy Spirit as we read the signs of the times. The four UAPs are as follows:1.  PROMOTING DISCERNMENT AND THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISESHelping people find Jesus Christ and follow Him.We...
Fr Tiburcio Arnaiz Muñoz SJ. Photo Credit: Diócesis de Málaga
This coming 20th October, the Catholic Church will beatify "apostle of the city", Father Tiburcio Arnaiz Muñoz SJ in Málaga, Spain.In a letter to the Society of Jesus on the 11th October, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ lauded Fr Arnaiz as “a worthy proponent of popular missions and promotor of the participation of the laity in spreading the faith.” He also wrote that Fr Arnaiz is a person to be emulated:"In our own time, we can learn much from what Fr Arnaiz did in his day … In ways adapted to our...
The JesWeb 2018 delegates in Brussels
Thirty-four Jesuit communicators from nineteen countries around Europe and further afield held their annual meeting in Brussels last week.The JesWeb group was started in 2005 by a group of Jesuits and co-workers responsible for maintaining province websites.  Philippe DeBruyne SJ, Communications Officer for the Jesuit European Conference, is the longest standing member of JesWeb, this year attending his 12th meeting.  What changes has he noticed over the years?“At the beginning it was...
Fr General Sosa SJ and Fr Hans Zollner SJ welcomed a group of experts from around the world at a conference last week at the Gregorian University, on ‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’. The conference was partnered by WePROTECT, a global alliance founded by Baroness Joanna Shields who is currently the UK Prime Minister's special representative on internet safety.  The conference delivered over 30 speeches, technical reports and a series of workshops by an unprecedented variety...
Fr General, Arturo Sosa SJ, has sent a letter to Jesuits and their partners in mission around the world, addressing ‘Discernment in Common’.  Discernment, in the Ignatian tradition, is understood as seeking and finding the will of God, especially in important decisions. It is strongly connected to what is known as ‘the movement of spirits’ in Ignatian spirituality.  The habit of regularly reflecting on these movements, the ‘examen’, enables people to understand what is moving them...
Fr General with Wimbledon College pupils at the Gesu in Rome
A group of 50 boys from Wimbledon College have just returned from a week-long choir tour and pilgrimage to Rome accompanied by chaplain James Potter and music teachers Mr Thomas and Mr Rathbone.  The trip was part of the celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary and included singing in some of  Rome’s most prestigious churches .The pilgrimage got off to an exciting start with the chance to hear the papal mass in St Peter’s Square to mark the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul during...
Fr Lombardi with former colleagues from Vatican Radio
The Jesuit who was spokesman for both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has been awarded France's highest order. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, former Director of both Vatican Radio and of the Holy See's Press office, received the Légion d'honneur this week in recognition of a career devoted to communicating the message of the Holy See.The Légion d'honneur was presented to Fr Lombardi on Wednesday evening at the French embassy to the Holy See in Rome. In making the award, his attention to the French...