Arturo Sosa

Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal (born 12 November 1948) is the thirty-first and present Superior General of the Society of Jesus.wikipedia
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Superior General of the Society of Jesus

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Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal (born 12 November 1948) is the thirty-first and present Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
The thirty-first and current Superior General is the Reverend Father Arturo Sosa, elected by the 36th General Congregation on October 14, 2016.

Society of Jesus

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Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal (born 12 November 1948) is the thirty-first and present Superior General of the Society of Jesus. As a Venezuelan, he is the first person born in Latin America to lead the Jesuits. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977.
In September 2019, the general superior of the Jesuits, Arturo Sosa, estimated that by 2034 the number would decrease to about 10,000 Jesuits, with a much younger average age than in 2019, and with a shift away from Europe and into Latin America, Africa, and India.

Adolfo Nicolás

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He was elected Superior General by the Society's 36th General Congregation on 14 October 2016, succeeding Adolfo Nicolás.
In October 2016 the thirty-sixth General Congregation of the Society of Jesus appointed his successor, Arturo Sosa from Venezuela.

General Congregation

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He was elected Superior General by the Society's 36th General Congregation on 14 October 2016, succeeding Adolfo Nicolás.
General Congregation 36, the most recent, met in Rome at the Jesuit Curia in 2016, and installed Arturo Sosa as Superior General of the Order.

Pope Francis

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Pope Francis declared these priorities to be very much in line with those of his pontificate.
Father General Arturo Sosa estimates that in 2034 there will be about 10,000 Jesuits and they have an average age much younger than the 15,000 Jesuits in 2019.

Venezuela

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As a Venezuelan, he is the first person born in Latin America to lead the Jesuits.

Caracas

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Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on 12 November 1948, the son of a Christian Socialist finance minister.

Holy orders

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He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977.

Priesthood in the Catholic Church

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He entered the Society of Jesus in 1966 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977.

Philosophy

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He earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1972, and a doctorate in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1990.

Political science

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He earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1972, and a doctorate in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1990.

Central University of Venezuela

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He earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1972, and a doctorate in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1990.

Andrés Bello Catholic University

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He earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1972, and a doctorate in political science from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1990. He was a professor and member of the Council of the foundation for the Andrés Bello Catholic University, and rector of the Catholic University of Tachira, both Jesuit universities.

Catholic University of Tachira

He was a professor and member of the Council of the foundation for the Andrés Bello Catholic University, and rector of the Catholic University of Tachira, both Jesuit universities.

Centro Gumilla

He was also coordinator of the social apostolate and director of Centro Gumilla in Venezuela, a centre of research and social action for the Jesuits in Venezuela, as well as editor-in-chief of Revista SIC magazine for Catholic social ethics and politics from 1976 to 1996.

Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies

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In 2004, he was professor of Venezuelan political thinking at the Catholic University of Tachira and was invited to Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies as a visiting professor to give a lecture.

Pontifical Gregorian University

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In 2014, he joined the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include institutions such as the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, and La Civiltà Cattolica.

Pontifical Biblical Institute

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In 2014, he joined the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include institutions such as the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, and La Civiltà Cattolica.

Pontifical Oriental Institute

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In 2014, he joined the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include institutions such as the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, and La Civiltà Cattolica.

Vatican Observatory

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In 2014, he joined the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include institutions such as the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, and La Civiltà Cattolica.

La Civiltà Cattolica

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In 2014, he joined the General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include institutions such as the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, and La Civiltà Cattolica.

Left-wing politics

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In Venezuela, he was strongly committed to left-wing politics, and was critical of the country's representative democracy in the 1990s.

Cambodia

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In 2017, in a visit to the Jesuit mission in Cambodia, Sosa met with a group of Buddhist monks in the Buddhist-majority country.

Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

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In 2018, commenting on the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Sosa disagreed with the synod's description of secularization as "a dark phase that is in the process of being overcome", instead calling secularization a "sign of the times" for the Catholic Church.

Secularization

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In 2018, commenting on the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Sosa disagreed with the synod's description of secularization as "a dark phase that is in the process of being overcome", instead calling secularization a "sign of the times" for the Catholic Church.