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On feast day of St. Ignatius, Pope makes surprise visit to Jesuit headquarters

August 01, 2014

Pope Francis made a surprise request to join some of his fellow Jesuits for dinner on July 31, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.

The Pope called Father Adolfo Nicolas, the superior general of the Society of Jesus, to ask whether he could join the leaders of the Jesuit order for dinner at the headquarters in Rome. “It was only at the last moment that he told Father General that this was his wish," a statement from the Jesuit leadership indicated.

The Pope remained after dinner for coffee and informal conversation.


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