Since the days of St. Ignatius, Jesuits were called upon to take an interest, and sometimes to get involved, in the diplomatic world. Constantly keeping in mind the objectives of peace, encounter and care for the poor. In the 21st century, Geneva is a city where diplomacy plays an essential role. The United Nations has based many of its operations there and Geneva is often a meeting place for peace negotiations.
For the visit of Father Sosa, the Province of Switzerland chose to present to the Superior General how the Jesuits in Geneva are immersed in projects with international dimensions. This presence includes some aspects of values advocacy and people who need to be remembered in the diplomatic world.
Father Sosa had the opportunity to meet Jesuits and other people actively involved in this international apostolate. The International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the JRS International Office, JWL (Jesuit Worldwide Learning), the World Council of Churches, the Apostolic Nunciature to international organizations, and the Diocese of Geneva were all represented. The thirty participants had received in advance the letter from Father General presenting the Universal Apostolic Preferences. They had done their homework and each group was called upon to say how - at its level and in its action with an apostolic and international dimension - it resonated with the orientations of the Preferences.