That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
Pope Francis - March 2017
How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones! They are persecuted and killed because they are Christians. Those who persecute them make no distinction between the religious communities to which they belong. I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians? Do it with me, that they may be supported by the prayers and material help of all the Churches and communities.
A total of 215 Jesuits will be taking part in GC36, gathered from 66 Provinces and Regions of the Society; 212 of the participants will be involved in electing the new Superior General. The first stage will be acceptance of Father General Nicolás’ resignation, after which the Congregation will discuss the state of the Society (De Statu Societatis) which will help to clarify what characteristics they feel the future General should have. Nick Austin SJ and Damian Howard SJ discuss what these might be.