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Pope urges Jesuits to maintain loyalty

March 25, 2013

Pope Francis has asked his fellow Jesuits to remain faithful to the vision of the founding vision of their order.

In a March 16 letter to Father Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, which was made public by the Vatican on March 23, Pope Francis—the first Jesuit ever elected to the papacy—thanked the Jesuit superior general for his letter of congratulations. He specially welcomed the Jesuit leader’s “complete willingness to continue your unconditional service to the Church and to the Vicar of Christ, according to the precepts of St. Ignatius of Loyola.”

The Pope wrote:

I thank you cordially for this token of appreciation and closeness, which I reciprocate with pleasure, asking the Lord to enlighten and accompany all Jesuits so that—faithful to the charism received and the footsteps of the saints of our beloved Order, by their pastoral activity but above all through the witness of lives entirely devoted to the service of the Church, the Bride of Christ—they may be evangelical leaven to the world, tirelessly seeking the glory of God and the good of souls.


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