10 Years of Francis: Reflections from his Jesuit Brothers
A decade ago, after Pope Benedict XVI became the first Pope to resign the papacy since Gregory XII did the same in 1415, a conclave was convened to elect a successor. On the fifth ballot the 115 cardinal-electors chose Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ - Archbishop of Buenos Aires, to be the next Bishop of Rome. On the 13th of March 2013, Pope Francis was introduced to the world.
It was a time of firsts: the first Jesuit to become a Pope. The first Pope from the Americas. The first Pope to take the name of “Francis”. It was an emotional start to what has been one of the most consequential Papacies of the modern era.
Ten years later we asked Jesuits from around the world to give us their personal reflections on what a decade of Pope Francis has meant to them, their ministries, and their lives in the Church. We will be sharing these reflections with you in hopes that they may inspire your own prayer and let you chart the movements of the Holy Spirit in your lives over the course of this remarkable time.
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Those four words, as seemingly simple themes, could be used to describe the papacy of Pope Francis that started 10 years ago today. Though the world has changed much in the last decade, Pope Francis has consistently asked for people of good will...
“I first met our Pope Francis when I entered the Society in Argentina. During my almost 3 years there, “Padre Jorge” was my Rector and we lived in the same house. Right from the beginning, we were all amazed at his creativity...”
“As I recall the ministry of my namesake, who wanted to be like the poor of Assisi, to serve the world and the Church, I find that the greatest ministry of Pope Francis is to be found NOT in his policy positions on the issues that shake humanity...”
“MAGIS is an Ignatian value that is willfully embraced and embedded within me. It has become an integral part of me and my daily life, which in turn leads me to serve Our Lord and His people in Guyana. Pope Francis’ Papacy has underscored for me...”
“Pope Francis and I actually share a special date. On the morning of Wednesday, 13th of March, 2013, I met with the Jesuit in charge of vocations in my area and asked to join the Jesuits. His Papacy has accompanied my formation ever since...”
“Shaking Pope Francis’ hand, I am most struck by his tenderness in action. Rewind. It was the summer of 2019 and I was interning for the office of communications at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. One afternoon, word got around that there would be a low-key papal visit...”