Pope Francis lunches with brother Jesuits for Feast of St Ignatius

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Pope Francis visited his brother Jesuits at their General Curia house in Rome, to mark Monday’s feast of St Ignatius.

The Jesuit Pope was welcomed by, Fr Arturo Sosa, the Father General of the Jesuits.

During the day, Pope Francis posted a tweet to his 35 million followers, honouring St Ignatius of Loyola saying: “Like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, let us be won over by the Lord Jesus and, led by Him, place ourselves at the service of others.”

Pope Francis has visited the Jesuits on the feast of St Ignatius every year since he was elected as the Bishop of Rome in 2013.

St Ignatius is the founder of the Jesuits and was born in Spain in 1491. Before becoming a solder in the Spanish army, he worked as a page in the Spanish court of Ferdinand and Isabella. During a military operation, he ended up with wounds on his leg.

Whilst he was recovering, he read about saints that came before him. This is what led him to convert and dedicate his life to God and the Catholic faith.

Pope Francis entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1958 and did the final state of Jesuit formation from 1970 to 1971. He was also a novice master at the Jesuit seminary in San Miguel, a Buenos Aires suburb, from 1972 to 1973, where he taught theology.

The feast of St Ignatius is celebrated by many Jesuits across the globe, on the 31st of July every year.