In Kazakhstan on 15 September, Pope Francis strongly supported the core
projects of the Jesuits in the region for peace and a better future: freeing
hearts from hatred. This emerged from his conversation with fellow Jesuits who
met him there during His short trip to participate in the congress of the
leaders of world religions.
Even though there aren’t any Jesuits in Kazakhstan, Pope Francis met in
Astana with some 30 Jesuits who work in Russia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. He
intended the gathering, as always, to be characterized by conversation, candor,
The Jesuit editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, Antonio Spadaro, was in attendance and, as is
customary for him, he published a thorough account of the conversation for the
readers of the Jesuit magazine. There was a lengthy discussion about the Holy
See’s commitment to peace and the conflict in Ukraine. Argentina, the Pope’s
concerns and worries, and the connections to the Orthodox also were mentioned.