Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jesuit Superior General visiting India ‎

Society of Jesus' Superior General Father Arturo Sosa - AP

18/02/2017 16:37

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)

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