The Delegates were next transported to the sidereal
universe... during a very informative visit to the Vatican Observatory in
Castel Gandolfo, where the Jesuits have been conducting all kinds of astronomical
work since 1891. The excursion, thanks to the accessible but also very rich
explanations of two Jesuits on the team, Richard D’Souza and Robert Macke, made
it possible to understand the importance of scientific work for the Catholic
Church and how Jesuits can make a specific contribution to this mission.
A final aspect of the programme worthy of mention: the
Delegates were invited by Father General to enlighten him on the best ways of
making known, propagating and integrating the key elements of the next
important document that Fr Arturo Sosa is preparing. This is “De Statu
Societatis” (The State of the Society), a text that will echo the consultations
that have taken place over the past two years throughout the Provinces and
Regions of the Society, and which captured the attention of the recent
Congregation of Procurators held in Loyola, Spain.
Vernard, Rafael, Ria, Anastasia, Mike and Tiffany, an unforgettable week… in
the Eternal City!