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Fr. Joaquín Barrero 
Assistant of Superior General, Society of Jesus
"Diego Laínez was a very intellectual person: he was reflective, more focused on the theological problems of the time. Only at the end of his life came in the role of government which were especially a part of the lives of St. Ignatius and St. Francis Borgia.”

St. Ignatius of Loyola noticed Diego Laínez's knowledge of theology and sent him to participate in the Council of Trent. There he became one of the leading and influential Council Fathers. 

Fr. Joaquín Barrero 
Assistant of Superior General, Society of Jesus
"His performance at the Council of Trent was especially significant and well received. There are records of the Council where they talk about the very positive reception that led to his doctrine, especially on complex issues such as the subject of justification, in matters of theological doctrine regarding the sacraments or other issues of the life and practice in the Church, issues like where bishops should live and so on.”

Today, the Jesuits are spread throughout the world carrying out the job of evangelization that began with St. Ignatius of Loyola. They have also seen an spike in numbers, mostly in Asia and Africa, where many people are joining the Society of Jesus.

Fr. Joaquín Barrero 
Assistant of Superior General, Society of Jesus
"We are now 18,000 Jesuits. We are in a process of decline in Europe and America, but in a process of large growth in Asia and Africa. We have always had, from Saint Ignatius, this desire for universality.”

Since April 21st, they have been celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Diego Laínez. Throughout 2012 there will be three cycles of lectures and an exhibition to remember and honor the Jesuit who played an important role in the history of the Church.

- VM