On July 14, Father General Arturo Sosa had a meeting with journalists and communicators working in the media of the Society of Jesus, as well as other guests representing the Catholic media of the Church in Bolivia.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current challenges of the Society of Jesus’ social communications media in the current context where new forms of communication, typical of modern culture, are emerging.
Fr. Arturo Sosa began his intervention by stressing that “Love is Communication”. And that both words are closely linked from the vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.
In this sense, he emphasized the notion of the “apostolic body” with which the Society of Jesus is characterized and where communication plays a key role.
“To be a universal apostolic body in intense communication is, therefore, an indispensable dimension of our way of proceeding. Communications is, so to speak, in the very DNA of the Society,” Father General said.
He also stressed that the Society of Jesus is living “a new moment” from the communicational point of view, since the importance of social networks is growing, not only as instruments for information, but also as opinion formers for action, considering that this phenomenon of modern culture reflects new opportunities for its use.
“We hear a lot of ‘fake news’. We need to discern how to get involved, but we should not wait and be afraid. It is up to us to learn how to take advantage of this apostolic potential,” he said.
Fr Sosa recalled the importance and essence of the mission of the Society of Jesus to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News.
In this sense, he urged the media to be taken seriously in order to participate in public discourse, in an effort to proclaim the joy of the Gospel to all people. Even if it is not an easy task.
“The main thing is that we cannot stay out of the great dialogues of our time or the new means to dialogue about the new eco-digital culture in which we are all beginning to live,” he said.
At the end of the meeting, he thanked all the collaborators who work in the communication apostolate of the Society of Jesus for “assuming, caring for and strengthening”, in various ways, the multicultural richness of Bolivia.
Among the participants were journalists and communicators from Acción Cultural Loyola (ACLO), Agencia de Noticias Fides (ANF), Fundación IRFA- Radio Santa Cruz, Radio Fides and others from the Catholic Church as guests.
On Sunday, July 15, Fr. General, Arturo Sosa SJ, will meet with young people of the Ignatian charism who have been meeting since July 13, preparing the concerns that they will present to the Superior General of the Jesuits as Youth and Vocation Ministry.