This was the general context of Francis’ presence in
Canada, but as he does on almost every journey, the Holy Father was also keen
to offer the Jesuits of Canada an opportunity to meet with him. He wanted simply
to talk with them, without an agenda, and to share in their hopes and concerns.
The meeting took place in Quebec City, and it happened to be at a time when some
of the Jesuits were attending their Provincial Congregation, a statutory
assembly, in Midland, Ontario. As a result, many of those who would have liked
to participate in this personal meeting with the Pope were unable to attend. Nevertheless,
the Superior of Quebec, Marc Rizzetto, was there with about twenty companions,
including several scholastics, among them several Haitians who are members of
the Province of Canada.
were no speeches, just an opportunity for conversation among Jesuit companions
on various subjects, such as the indigenous question, the meaning of synodality,
the upcoming synod, relations with the media, juridical matters, tradition and
traditionalism, liturgy, and the situation in Haiti. Father Antonio Spadaro SJ,
director of La Civiltà Cattolica, who
accompanies the Pope on all his international travels, was there at the meeting
and published an excellent summary of the conversations. You can read his article here.