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    The educational work of the Society of Jesus should be characterized by an Intellectual Apostolate – Fr Sosa

    The Superior General of the Jesuits, during his meeting with representatives of the educational works of the Bolivian Province, exhorted that Ignatian pedagogy be understood as a commitment to deepen knowledge in order to be able to influence the transformation of reality and to be effective in the service of others.
    Fr. Sosa stressed that Ignatian pedagogy requires a commitment "to think, to understand and to create new paths" and that the educational institutions of the Society of Jesus must bear in mind the aspect of mission that deals with the Intellectual Apostolate.
    "Many times this type of apostolate is understood as the exclusive task of university centres or researchers. I propose that we broaden this understanding, so that all educational work and all apostolates carried out by the Society and by the institutions under its responsibility may be a truly intellectual apostolate," he said.
    To exercise the intellectual apostolate, Fr. Sosa indicated that reflection and deepening of knowledge is necessary, that is, the capacity to influence the transformation of reality from a serious analysis, with interiorization and preparation.
    To this end, he recalled the call of the General Congregation 36 in this regard: "We do not want to propose a simplistic or superficial hope, on the contrary, our contribution - as Father Nicolás insisted - must be distinguished by its depth. A depth of interiorization and reflection that allows us to understand reality more deeply and to be more effective in service."
    "If we do not deepen this understanding," said Father Sosa, "we fall into a kind of superficiality of existence."
    On the other hand, he referred to a new phenomenon in Latin American society: the transformation of educational services into market products. Currently, there is an extensive amount of educational offerings from some institutions that prioritize economic generation through a so-called "educational offer", leaving aside educational quality.
    He called it "mercantilist education" which focuses its service on the product for potential clients and where the pedagogical relationship is translated into client and producer.
    "Today, to carry out our proposal in a reality dominated by the laws of the market affects us, however, as bearers of a message of hope we want to continue to maintain an educational proposal in which the human being, each person, and not the market, is what really matters", he concluded.
    Fr. Arturo Sosa took advantage of the Education Meeting in the city of La Paz to say goodbye to the Province of Bolivia, expressing his gratitude for the welcome and for the expressions of affection, faith and hope.
    During his visit to Bolivia, the Superior General participated in meetings with the media sector of the Province, with young Ignatians, with indigenous peoples of the Bolivian Amazon and with collaborators who work in the apostolic works and institutions entrusted to the Society of Jesus.

    Indigenous peoples denounce State abuses and ask the Jesuit General to communicate to the Pope

    San Ignacio de Moxos, 16 July 2018 (ANF). - After learning of the concerns and problems faced by the indigenous people of the region of Beni, Father General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa SJ, promised on Monday to do his utmost so that the indigenous peoples of the world, especially those of the Amazon region, can make their voices heard at the next Pan-Amazonian Synod convened by Pope Francis in October 2019.
    "It seems to me that this meeting is a very important moment for you, the indigenous peoples of Beni and the peoples of the entire Amazon region and other peoples of the world, to make your voice heard loudly because the Holy Father is putting a good microphone, a good sound, so that your voice can be heard on the planet," said Fr Sosa during the meeting held in the town of San Ignacio de Moxos, Beni.
    Previously, the leaders and representatives of the Mojeño Ignaciano, Mojeño Trinitario, Tacana, Chimán, Movima, Guarayo, Yuracaré and other peoples participated in the Andean Regional Forum "Models of Development in the Amazon", in whose development the reality of the indigenous peoples of the lowlands and their development proposals were made known.
    The culminating moment of this event was the meeting with the representative of the Society of Jesus. It was a moment of reflection in which the indigenous peoples expressed their concerns and denounced that they are the object of atrocities suffered at the hands of a State that, according to their denunciation, would promote policies of dispossession of their ancestral lands and fail to respect the Political Constitution of the State itself (CPE).
    The indigenous peoples also asked Father General, who arrived in the country on a special visit that will end on July 19, to inform Pope Francis about the problems that are happening in the country.
    Fr. Arturo Sosa said he was very happy to arrive in a "sacred territory" to which the Jesuits had long since arrived. He said that he was moved by this reality and that it is a problem that affects several peoples living in the Amazon and around the world.
    A request that was accepted by Father Sosa: "I hope that this meeting will help us to maintain a spiritual communication and to reinforce each other. On behalf of the Society of Jesus and on my own behalf, we will do everything we can to ensure that this moment of the Synod truly becomes a kind of resonance, a cry that can be heard in all parts of the world.
    "That story of being trampled on for defending your rights, for defending the life of a tradition that belongs to you, is also the reality of the peoples of North America and of many peoples on this continent. But also in Asia and Africa. There are other indigenous peoples there who are suffering the same situation," he said.
    The leader of the Jesuits shared with those present an explanation of the upcoming Pan-Amazonian Synod 2019, an event he described as a "transcendental" meeting whose title: "Amazonia: A New Path for the Church and for an Integral Ecology", shows the Pope's interest in touching the reality in which millions of indigenous people around the world live.
    "The Pope pointed out very clearly that the interest in convening this Synod is to draw attention to the indigenous peoples, to the need to preserve the immense wealth that the cultural life of the indigenous peoples represents. And through that, about the need to preserve the immense wealth that the cultural variety of indigenous peoples represents," he said.
    Fr. Arturo Sosa also said that "through this claim and recognition of indigenous cultures", it will be possible to "teach humanity how to create a harmonious relationship with nature".
    "Teach us how a human culture can live in peace among its brothers and sisters and with nature. You know better than anyone how the civilization we have today and our development models are destroying the earth and water, they are destroying life and diversity," he added.
    Finally, Fr Sosa asked the indigenous peoples not only to make their voices of regret and protest heard, but also to express their hope that the world can change and that respect for cultural diversities and indigenous peoples allows for a fundamental "harmonious relationship".
    "I believe that the main voice you can offer to the world and to the Church is a voice of hope, a voice of the future. This seed, which has been planted for so long, can produce new life for the next generations, to rescue lifestyles, ways of living together," he added.

    Source: Fides News Agency

    Learn how to discern the signs of the Lord in order to collaborate in the reconciliation of the world – Fr. Sosa

    Father General Arturo Sosa has urged Jesuits and collaborators to be attentive to the signs of the Lord's actions in order to collaborate in the process of reconciliation of men with one another, with humanity, with creation and with God himself. Father General made the remarks during the Eucharist celebrated in the city of Cochabamba
    He noted that Pope Francis insists on the need for discernment in the Church, recognizing that discernment offers the possibility of "understanding where the Lord is sending us a message" and to review as an apostolic body whether we have developed this sensitivity.
    Fr. Sosa recalled that after General Congregation 36 the Society of Jesus is in a process of common discernment of apostolic preferences. With this discernment, with this sensitivity to grasping the signs of the Lord, it will be possible to see how it is possible to collaborate with the Ignatian charism and to identify the resources with which it is available.
    "That is what we ask the Lord today, to cultivate in us a sensitivity to the signs of his action, to increase our faith and to invite us to contribute. Let us work together to ensure that human beings freely accept this path. And that we develop the capacity to discern so that we may follow the Holy Spirit," he said.
    In this sense, from the spiritual heritage of St. Ignatius Loyola, and from the entire apostolic heritage, the Superior General asked those attending the Eucharist to renew their desire to collaborate with the Lord in order to contribute to the reconciliation of the world, since by following his signs it is possible to "turn human history into a history of justice and peace guided by love".

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