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2013-05-11

FR. ADOLFO NICOLÁS
Superior General, Society of Jesus
"I think we're already seeing signs. For example, we see him leaving behind some things during his affirmations as Pope. On Holy Thursday, he told priests that a shepherd should smell of sheep. It's a great image which speaks to the pastoral mission of clergy, be it bishops or priests.”

The superior general for the Jesuits considers that the election of a Jesuit Pope won't have any repercussions on the Society's members.

FR. ADOLFO NICOLÁS
Superior General, Society of Jesus
"It's very clear to us, nothing has changed, nothing. The Pope is the person the cardinals chose among themselves because they think he can lead the Church. So we obey and work with him with the same intensity as we had with other Popes.”

Even though the vow of poverty has always been a basic tenet for Jesuits, Adolfo Nicolás considers that at this time, this idea has gained importance within the Church.

FR. ADOLFO NICOLÁS
Superior General, Society of Jesus
"That Cardinal Hummes told the Pope the same thing, means that it's part of the Church now. And that'good thing. It's good because St. Paul mentioned it in one of his letters: very well, we have to move with freedom because we are free with Christ, but we must never forget about the poor. He said this was one of the signs of being a Christian.”

Since Pope Francis election, there have been many questions about possible changes within the Holy See. But the general superior explained that St. Ignatius' spirituality can lead them on another path.

FR. ADOLFO NICOLÁS
Superior General, Society of Jesus
"If people don't change, it doesn't matter how much the system changes. We will still have injustice, oppression, violence, all the problems that we've seen up to today. And the experience from the 20th Century backs this up. In other words, the systems have changed, we've had alternative systems, but we have not reduced injustice or violence. On the contrary, it seems it's on the rise.”

The election of Pope Francis brings the Society of Jesus into new territory in its five hundred year history. But it also contributes an original style, and up until today, had never been seen.


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