India - South Asian Jesuits stress inter-cultural identity
Jesuit leaders in South Asia have decided to seek a better understanding of their multicultural background in order to better serve their mission areas. Some 200 Jesuits from 19 provinces and regions participated in an assembly on the theme of "Inter-culturality for Reconciled Life and Mission" from April 25-28 in Pune city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. They used "spiritual conversation", a method advocated by their founder St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), to foster greater understanding and strengthen their communities. The method encourages people to share their innermost thoughts without feeling shame, or harboring any fear of being judged. The Jesuits used this to speak about their issues with different cultures in order to try and gain a better understanding of the issues involved. Read more...