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Fr. Arturo Sosa: The problem in Venezuela is about getting the different parties to negotiate


“The pandemic's impact on Venezuela provides yet another argument to convince the different parties to take negotiations seriously,” says Arturo Sosa. He is from Caracas and the Superior General of the Jesuits.

He has been immersed in the world of politics from an early age. His father was a minister and a member of the government board that organized the democratic elections following the military dictatorship.

FR. ARTURO SOSA, SJ
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
“The problem in Venezuela isn't who mediates, but who is mediated. The problem in Venezuela is about getting the different parties to take negotiations seriously. A serious negotiation means that something new should emerge. If not, then it's not a negotiation. In a negotiation, everyone's views change in some way.”

In light of recent tensions in Colombia, Fr. Sosa believes that the crisis in the country cannot be resolved if neighboring countries don't resolve their problems.

FR. ARTURO SOSA, SJ
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
“I think inequality, injustice and poverty, aggravated by the pandemic, have brought into sharper focus the tremendous discontent that exists within Latin American populations, and that politics has been unable to alleviate.”

The Superior General of the Jesuits says the Company of Jesus has reconfirmed that during the pandemic his commitment is to the people.

FR. ARTURO SOSA, SJ
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
“There have been special programs to concretely help people. There has been an increase in aid given to refugees. Last year, we estimate that we helped around 800,000 refugees around the world. This year the number of refugees in need of aid surpasses one million.”

On May 20, the Society of Jesus will begin an Ignatian Year, to mark 500years since St. Ignatius of Loyola's conversion. One of the biggest events will be a meeting in Marseille, France, in October. An event to which the first Jesuit Pope has been invited, though his participation is yet to be confirmed.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi

TR: CT