Father General meets with MAGIS 2019 pilgrims

Panama, 21 January 2019

Father General Arturo Sosa S.J., met with the pilgrims of MAGIS Central America 2019, in an emotional encounter in which some young people shared with him what they lived during the MAGIS experiences in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama.

Father General then gave a seminar inspired by the Synod of Bishops on youth and vocational discernment. He shared about (1) the importance of listening to young people in order to grasp God's passage in human history; (2) recognizing that the digital age demands the proclamation of Jesus as the prototype of the human being; (3) the commitment of all believers to building an intercultural society; (4) the need for Christian communities to be open to difference; and (5) the opening to a more positive attitude to migration, seeking integration so that this is no longer the cause of violence and injustice.

At the end of the seminar, Fr. Sosa responded to some questions from young people from Africa, Europe, Asia and America regarding the mission of young people, the Jesuit response to the crisis of sexual abuse, the possibility of women being admitted to the Society of Jesus, and the socio-political crises in Nicaragua, Venezuela and Honduras. Fr. Sosa was accompanied by Fr. Rolando Alvarado S.J., Provincial of Central America, and Fr. José Antonio Rubio S.J., Coordinator of MAGIS Central America 2019.