“What is your relationship with the Holy Father?”
Fr. General recognized that both he and the Holy Father are from Latin America and revealed that they had known each other during their theology studies, later working together during the 33rd General Congregation. Fr. General called their relationship “brotherly” and “trusting”, with both of them able to speak openly with one another. Pope Francis knows and respects the Society of Jesus, and as such, he does not interfere with her governance.
“What do you think about secularization in Europe?”
To that question, Fr. General immediately added, “...and in the world?” For him, secularization is a sign of the times. That means we must discern how the Holy Spirit leads the Church and its mission in these times, finding new opportunities for evangelization. We must avoid nostalgia, as though something has been lost, and look with new eyes. The task of the Society of Jesus is to offer its spiritual tradition to accompany and help people to find the way to Jesus. We do this through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment. Most importantly, the quality, not the quantity, of the Christian community is what is most important.
The next stop of Father Sosa’s visit will be in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania‘s second largest city.