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Jesuit superior general commemorates 200th anniversary of Society’s restoration

November 15, 2013

The superior general of the Society of Jesus, the Church’s largest male religious institute, has issued a letter commemorating the upcoming bicentennial of the institute’s restoration by Pope Pius VII.

Founded in 1534, the Church’s largest male religious institute was suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 under political pressure.

Father Adolfo Nicolás, the superior, proposed five themes for the 2014 bicentennial year: “creative fidelity,” “love for our Institute,” “fraternal companionship,” “universal mission,” and “faith in Providence.”


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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Nov. 16, 2013 6:57 AM ET USA

    The bicentenary should be the occasion for the SECOND suppression of the SJs, by Pope Francis. The Church has no further need of such an order, especially when it encourages so much heterodoxy and false belief, as in the pages of 'America' magazine.

  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 15, 2013 10:42 AM ET USA

    And to think that Pope Clement XIV had it right to begin with.