Pascual, can you tell us, first of all, how many Jesuits have been canonised
and beatified so far?
To date, the Society has 53 saints and 155 blesseds.
Of the latter, 149 are martyrs, most of them within groups.
now, how many Jesuit companions have an “open dossier” in your office? Which
are the ones that need your attention the most?
In the three years that I have been Postulator General,
I have dealt with about sixty causes, eight of which are not Jesuits. We also
have 35 other “dormant” causes, that is, causes that were begun at one point
but are “without movement” for various reasons; it may be that there is no
devotion to these Servants of God, or that they don’t have a vice-postulator to
The cause of Father Pedro Arrupe is the one that
requires the most attention at the moment. There are three main reasons for
this: the fact that he died in Rome, the enormous amount of his writings that
need to be analysed, and the 80 or so witnesses that need to give testimony
Meanwhile, in our daily work we “jump” from one file
to another, as they require our attention.
more personal level, can you tell us about two or three saints in the history
of the Society who have touched you especially and who still nourish your life
as a Jesuit?
Saint Ignatius, no doubt, because of his great
vision of the ways of God. Also, since the novitiate, I have been very
attracted to Saint Peter Faber, because of his character, his relationships
with people, his ability to give the Spiritual Exercises, his pilgrimage across
half of Europe to console and reconcile, and his ease in seeing God in everything.
At the same time, some “urban” saints and blesseds, such as Fathers José María
Rubio, Alberto Hurtado, and Rupert Mayer, have always captivated me for their
ability to detect the needs in the cities and to respond to them by helping
people, materially and spiritually, in the short and long term.