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GC36 concludes in Rome
Yesterday morning (Saturday 12 November 2016), members of General Congregation 36 voted to close the General Congregation. The day began with prayer as usual, but with a new twist for the final day of the Congregation. Fathers Mark Revizza and Pablo Alonso led the Congregation in a contemplative examination of the six weeks of work. The previous evening, the electors has taken time to evaluate the Congregation in Conference groups. The Saturday evaluation was of a more spiritual nature and was...
Fr Provincial (right) in conversation with other delegates at GC36
I have an armed guard outside my bedroom. Two soldiers and an armoured car.At first I thought that it might be to protect the Brexit Provincial from the hordes of angry Roman Pro-Europeans, but I was assured that this was not the case and this strategy was part of a generally heightened security around Italy following the terrorist attacks in France and Germany. For the last five weeks, the Italian Army has been sitting under my first-floor window, an impressive presence, amiably restricting...
Fr General Sosa SJ gives his first major interview following his election at GC36
Within 48 hours of his election as the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ sat down for an extensive interview with the GC36 Media Team in Rome. Having received 30 questions in advance, he faced the cameras on the afternoon of Sunday, 16 October. The full interview (in four instalments with English sub-titles) and a transcript are available on the GC36 website.The aim of the interview was to give Father General an opportunity to present and share some insights of...
'Crimson Tide': a taut, claustrophobic thriller
The late Tony Scott was a movie director who was somewhat overshadowed by his more acclaimed Oscar-winning film-maker brother, Ridley Scott; but the corpus of Tony’s movie work, if more populist, is not slight. 'Top Gun', with Tom Cruise, was Scott’s breakthrough movie; and others ( e.g. ‘Enemy of the State’ and ‘Déjà Vu’) are certainly worth an evening of popcorn and thoughtful entertainment.My favourite Tony Scott movie is a taut, claustrophobic...
Br Stephen Power SJ (centre) and Fr Dermot Preston SJ (right) at morning prayer at GC36
As the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) continues in Rome, the 215 electors are now engaged in the business that is central to any gathering of this nature, including legislative and administrative matters.  But this is also an important opportunity for the Jesuits to renew their understanding of their Jesuit identity and mission, for today and for the years ahead.Each morning, the tone of the day of work is set by prayer, coordinated by a German Jesuit, Fr Clemens...
Pope Francis addresses GC36
After a concert at Carnegie Hall, the wonderful comic pianist, Victor Borge, had an unexpected visitor to his dressing room: a Secret Service agent for the US Vice President, who had been in the audience that night.The Secret Service man said: “The Vice President will be with you in 30 seconds, and you can ask him anything you like.”This caught Borge off-guard… ask anything at all??With such a blank agenda, Borge found that he was fixating on one question… “Mr...
Pope Francis with Fr General Arturo Sosa SJ and the Secretary of GC36, Fr Orlando Torres SJ
There is a well-established tradition that on the occasion of a Jesuit General Congregation, the Holy Father meets with the delegates. Since most of the time this happens as an audience in the rooms of the Vatican, there is not a precedent for the pope himself choosing to meet the Jesuits as they are gathered in the General Congregation in the curia of the Society.This Monday, 24 October, Pope Francis came discreetly to the curia and was greeted by Father General Arturo Sosa SJ and the superior...
British cinema poster for Moonraker, illustrated by Dan Gouzee © United Artists
Over the last year, I have been reading and enjoying the James Bond novels. It is good to get beyond the famous movie franchise and see Bond and the narratives as they were originally portrayed by the author, Ian Fleming.Fleming’s prose is wonderfully visual and crisp. As the story-line in the novels develops, Bond matures: the tightly-coiled 007 of Casino Royale is simple, harsh and unforgiving; but as his friendships grow, he becomes more complex and thoughtful towards the final...
Br Stephen Power SJ (centre) with the other brothers at GC36
The Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain is one of six Jesuit Brothers who are taking part as electors in a General Congregation for the first time ever. Brother Stephen Power SJ, who is based at the Curia in central London and is a member of the Community at the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, was elected by the Jesuit Conference of Europe. Having entered the Society of Jesus in 1980, Br Power has devoted much of his time as a Jesuit to the social apostolate, especially the Jesuit Refugee...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...

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