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Jesuit leader explains resignation plan: to avoid 'personal decay'

July 03, 2014

The worldwide leader of the Jesuit order, who announced in May that he would step down in 2016, said that he made that decision because "I cannot lead the Society under years of personal decay."

Father Adolfo Nicolas said that he had received permission from Pope Francis to resign in late 2016, when he will reach his 80th birthday and "that process of decay" will likely begin. The Jesuit superior general said: "I prefer to leave the job, when I still retain my senses."


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