Society of Jesus' Superior General Father Arturo Sosa - AP
The worldwide leader of the Society of Jesus is in India, the first country he chose to visit after being elected the 31st Superior General of the Jesuits in October. Arriving at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 18 on an 11-day visit, Venezuelan Father Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal was received by a team of Jesuits from the Delhi province. India is part of the Jesuit’s South Asia Assistancy that accounts for 4,000 members of the 16,000 Jesuits worldwide, the largest religious congregation for men in the Catholic church. The 68-year old Venezuelan is the first Jesuit chief from Latin America, the same region of Pope Francis.
Fr Sosa who will be in India until February 28, is being accompanied by three Rome-based assistants who look after the society’s ministries in South Asia. Fr Sosa will stay in Delhi for two days and then head to the Jesuit province of Madhya Pradesh that covers the tribal-dominated central Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In Madhya Pradesh capital Jabalpur he will meet all the Jesuit provincials of South Asia. Fr. Sosa will then proceed Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, on February 27.
The South Asia Assistancy comprises Jesuits working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It has 18 provinces and two regions. (Source: Matters India)