At the end of his Asian journey during this summer of 2019, Fr. Arturo Sosa visited the Province of Japan. It was in Tokyo that he celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He presided the Eucharist in the company of a majority of the Jesuits of the Province of Japan - at least those who live in the northern part of the country. It was once again the occasion to receive the final vows of two members of the Province of Japan, Jun Nakai and Kiyoshi Shibata.
The Provincial and his counsellors chose as the theme of this visit: In the footsteps of Xavier: Jesuit Collaboration in a Secular Japan. The Provincial, Renzo De Luca, explains this choice. He reminds us how much the missionary experience of the patron saint of missions, St. Francis Xavier, in Japan, can inspire us today. Indeed, if the world has changed a lot since the 16th century, the Japanese society is still not very open to foreign currents of thought that would like to impose themselves in Japan. In addition, in many countries of the world, we can find the kind of secularization that has long been present in Japan.