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New Jesuit leader sees dialogue, work with migrants as priorities

October 18, 2016

The newly elected leader of the world’s Jesuits sees inter-religious dialogue and work with migrants as top priorities.

Father Arturo Sosa, the Venezuelan priest who was elected on October 14 as the 31st superior general of the Society of Jesus, reminded reporters that the general congregation that elected him was still discussing the proper priorities for future work. But he referred back to the last general congregation, in 2008, which had listed dialogue, work with migrants, and the fight against poverty as top items on the Jesuit agenda.

Father Sosa said that the current crisis in his native Venezuela is an example of the need for dialogue, saying that the government says failed “to build bridges” to unify the country.


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  • Posted by: mclom - Oct. 20, 2016 6:04 AM ET USA

    Our priests are supposed to use their energy and gifts to engage with evangelising Christ, not support political objectives however worthy.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Oct. 18, 2016 9:33 PM ET USA

    I was nervous upon the announcement and sadly it was justified. Anyone saying that Venezuela's present mess is simply due to a failure to "build bridges" and basically a lack of communication has a real problem connecting socialism with poverty and one can have no hope they will ever see the downward spiral (harder than connecting dots!) it forces on the people. But the Jesuits, ever politically if not theologically astute, may score some points.