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Jesuits elect Venezuelan as new head of order

Friday, October 14, 2016 13:31
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Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service
Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, right, new superior general of the Society of Jesus, greeted the previous superior general, Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, after Father Sosa's election in Rome Oct. 14. Father Sosa, 67, is a member of the Jesuits' Venezuelan province.

ROME — Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, 67, a member of the Jesuits’ Venezuelan province, was elected the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus.

The 212 voting delegates to the Jesuit general congregation elected Father Sosa Oct. 14. He succeeds Father Adolfo Nicolas, 80, who had asked to resign because of his age.

Pope Francis was informed of the election of Father Sosa before the Jesuits announced it publicly.

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