Fr. Arturo Sosa to the population of Goa
Over the past few days, Fr. Arturo Sosa’s team has been besieged with media requests for interviews with the General. Unfortunately, with Fr. General’s schedule already abridged by the February Meeting on the Protection of Minors in Rome, there was no practical way to accommodate all the interviews and give each one the time they deserved. In consultation with Fr. Roland Coelho, Provincial of Goa, the team chose to instead address all the requests, and the most frequently asked questions, in a video message from Father General to the people of Goa.
Formulating the video message proved to be more challenging than expected because of the demographic makeup of Goa. While it is true that this region of India has one of the higher percentages of Catholics when compared to the rest of the country, a result of Portuguese colonization and the presence of Francis Xavier, the message could not be addressed specifically to Christians. The fact is that many who are interested in the Society of Jesus, Ignatian Spirituality and Fr. General’s visit don’t actually share a Christian faith. In true interreligious fashion, Fr. Arturo Sosa chose to share something that reaches across faiths and touches ALL the people of Goa and India herself: the four recently announced Universal Apostolic Preferences.