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Father General Meets with Pope Francis

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus (left) is greeted by Pope Francis.

Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus (left) is greeted by Pope Francis.

Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, was received by newly-elected Pope Francis on March 17, 2013 at the Vatican.

Father General Nicolás wrote about his experience meeting the Holy Father.

“At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis I went to the Santa Marta House, that had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me with the usual Jesuit embrace. We had a few pictures taken, at his request, and at my apologies for not keeping protocol he insisted that I treat him like any other Jesuit at the “Tu” level, so I did not have to worry about addressing him as “Your Holiness,” or “Holy Father.”

I offered him all our Jesuit resources because in his new position he is going to need counsel, thinking, persons, etc. He showed gratitude for this and at the invitation to visit us for lunch at the Curia he said he would oblige.
There was full commonality of feeling on several issues that we discussed and I remained with the conviction that we will work very well together for the service of the Church in the name of the Gospel.

There was calm, humor and mutual understanding about past, present and future. I left  the Casa de Santa Marta convinced that the Pope will gladly count on our collaboration in the vineyard of the Lord. At the end he helped me with my coat and accompanied me to the door. That added a couple of salutes to me from the Swiss Guards there.  A Jesuit embrace, once again, as the natural way to greet and send off a friend.”

Photo Credit: L’Osservatore Romano

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