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Venezuelan priest elected to lead world’s Jesuit order

October 14, 2016

A Venezeulan priest, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, has been elected the new superior general of the Society of Jesus.

Father Sosa is the 30th successor to St. Ignatius Loyola, and the first Jesuit superior general from Latin America. He was elected by a general congregation of the order to succeed Father Adolfo Nicolas, who resigned upon reaching the age of 80.

Father Sosa has served as a Jesuit provincial in Venezuela, as general counselor to the Jesuit order, and as president of the University of Tachira in Venezuela.

 
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