Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Likely Explaination of the Prevailing Worldly Dynamics

Apparent Invitations To Join The Illuminati (see below)

Directed to me via the comments section of my blog Continuing Counter Reformation

Do not accept any such invitations.  Such shall bind one to all sorts of traps and tricks.
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

These invitations are indicative of an Illuminati membership of an evil satanic club, which IMHO explains much of the political dynamics of what runs the U.S.A. and the rest of the world.

Don't failed to see the light. Money, powers, fame, and wealth become your title in just three days. If interested to join the Illuminati brotherhood headquarters at (U.S.A) Email:( call or whats-app agent through this contact... +(234) 8036148428. For your online initiation. No matter where you are. No distance can affect the work of our baphomet. Conatct us on Viber(+15156087779) Do not be deceived and beware of online internet fraudsters claiming to be one of us do make sure you confirm first before making an inquiries... Whats-app or call us on +(234) 8036148428 now and say yes to your dreams. Hail Baphomet..   Adams williams on 11/14/16

7 WARNING! WARNING!! WARNING!!! If you do not want to join the Illuminati do not read this message. Rules * You must be above 18 years of age. * You must have full access to the internet. * You must not discuss the secret of the Illuminati to anyone. * We are not interested in anyone who has obtained their knowledge about the Illuminati based on what they%u2019ve HEARD from Mass Media (News or Performing Arts), Conspiracy Theorists (Amateur or Professional Authors or Speculators), Internet Rumors, or other HERESY. * Once you join the Illuminati within one week of your membership you will achieved the greatest goal in life and also have wealth and fame. * No one discard the message of the GREAT ILLUMINATI if discarded the person will be tormented both day and night. * Failure to compel to the order and rules of the GREAT ILLUMINATI shall see your fame and riches taken back. * The money ALWAYS flows TOWARDS Illuminati members...And AWAY from NON Illuminati members... Agent Michael on 5/20/15

Make what you will of the timing of these apparent invitations.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Vatican To "Honor" Martin Luther With Postage Stamp In 2017

Various sources, such as this, and this, are reporting that the Vatican intends to issue a postage stamp sometime in 2017 commemorating the500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's release of his 95 Thesis, an event credited with sparking the modern Protestant Reformation.

No date nor design has been publically released.

The Vatican postal site 2017 program includes a listing for " Riforma protestante, nel quinto centenario" [Protestant Reformation in the fifth centenary]

The design shown above, according to the accompanying link is said to be a "joke", though with no information upon its source.

It is probably produced by a Vatican loyal source, indicative of what they would really like to issue.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lithuania Issues Postage Stamp Commemorating 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Thesis

Issued January 7, 2017

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the issuance of the 95 Thesis by Martin Luther (born November 10, 1483; died February 18, 1546) on October 31.

Expect to see various such commemorative postage stamps through 2017 from political entities around the world.

The United Sates of America issued such a stamp in 1983 upon the 500th anniversary of his birth.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Post 2013 Smouldering Fire Along the Western-Eastern Roman Empire Border

Required Reading:

Eastern Europe Long Term Geo Political Dynamics

Plus various Continuing Counter Reformation articles from late 2013 and into 2014 about  this part of the world.


Avdiivka (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels were on Tuesday locked in fighting for a third straight day at a flashpoint town that left thousands shivering without power and sparked renewed EU concern about security in its backyard.

The industrial hub of Avdiivka came under an unexpected assault Sunday from insurgents seeking to wrest back territory controlled by Kiev during the nearly three-year war.

The clashes have claimed the lives of at least 13 civilians and fighters on both sides since Sunday -- the worst outburst of violence since the two sides agreed a new truce on December 23.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko underscored the urgency of the situation by cutting short a visit to Berlin on Monday and convened an emergency meeting of his National Security and Defence Council.
Poroshenko is worried that Donald Trump's rise to the US presidency and praise for Russia's Vladimir Putin may add fuel to a conflict that began shortly after Ukraine's 2014 ouster of its Moscow-backed leader and tilt toward the West.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the Kremlin was "extremely worried" but had "reliable information" that renegade units of pro-Kiev fighters were in fact responsible for the initial attacks. ...

In January, a US Army brigade of nearly 3,500 troops and 2,700 pieces of heavy equipment arrived in Poland in the largest deployments of US troops and armor to that country

The brigade came with a simple mission — integrate with the Polish army and deter Russia on all fronts
"Russian aggression takes many forms," Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, told NBC News.

"Cyber, misinformation, threatening other countries, Russian snap exercises. We're serious — this is not just a training exercise. It's to demonstrate a strategic message that you cannot violate the sovereignty of members of NATO ... Moscow will get the message — I'm confident of it. "
The combine US and Polish forces immediately started training with tanks, artillery, and helicopters in an overt show of force.
Meanwhile, US soldiers in Lithuania had just finished a similar exercise. Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary will all also see US troops deployed on a rotational basis.
But the US assurance to vulnerable NATO states in the Baltics comes after a years-long Russian military buildup. Current and former US generals have expressed doubts about NATO's ability to deter or stop an outright attack from Russia, and a report from the think tank RAND Corp predicts that Russia could seize control of the Baltic States within 36 hours of a blitz-like invasion.  ...
... For now, US forces will train, eat, and sleep alongside their European allies, meaning that a Russian attack of any sort on the Baltics will draw an immediate reaction from the US.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump’s frenetic day of phone calls that included herself and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Merkel, whose country brokered the maligned ceasefire between Moscow and Kiev in eastern Ukraine, known as the Minsk agreement, is fast becoming the Western leader most supportive of Ukraine’s struggle to integrate into Europe.

Since the start of the conflict in 2014, governments previously hawkish toward Russia, notably the U.S. under Barack Obama, have been replaced by leaders such as Trump implementing a softer stance. The approach within Europe itself is also threatening to splinter after rising French electoral candidate Francois Fillon described sanctions against the Kremlin as "pointless," Reuters reported.
Ukraine’s Poroshenko will visit Berlin to meet with Merkel as well as the President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

Speaking to one of Ukraine’s major Russian-language broadcaster’s Inter, Klimkin said that during the visit Monday, the two leaders would discuss a broad agenda of issues.

"We had an agreement in early February to discuss a number of important issues particularly how to make Russia fulfill Minsk agreements, the security situation in Donbas, what can we do to free captives and how we can take make use of the Normandy format most effectively today," he said referring to the German-French brokered ceasefire.
Klimkin added that Ukraine and Germany were not only “political partners but friends” and that Kiev would seek German help in implementing anti-corruption reforms.
The Ukrainian minister also dismissed the possibility that Western sanctions on Russia would be dropped without implementation of the ceasefire, despite the Trump administration’s repeated suggestions that the U.S. may lift its sanctions to secure a Russian concession on another issue.
“We are going around in circles again on this issue,” Klimkin said, telling his interviewer the Ukrainian vision was simple. “First we discuss how we define the steps of the implementation of the Minsk (ceasefire) agreements. Then we get guarantees from Russia's fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.”
So far the ceasefire deal, agreed in Minsk, Belarus, has been hard to implement due to a fundamental disagreement about the nature of the Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine. Kiev treats them as de facto Russian troops, having captured soldiers not only equipped with Russian military issue weaponry, but also found to be either active or past servicemen.

However, Russia has continued to argue that the militant forces near the Russian border that have kept Ukraine’s vast armed forces at bay for almost three years are local independence fighters, who receive no military support from Moscow.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Unlucky Number of Families That Rule Via the Vatican etc.

Usually notoriously overlooked by those who focus upon the Rothschilds

Ceasare Borgia
A representation of the Pretense of Christianity
of the continuing mystery Babylon

Both this Black Pope and the white Pope aren’t of Papal Bloodline, they are both commoners.

I’ve named the most powerful families on the planet. I’ve named the Grey Pope the one inbetween the white and black but unseen Saturnalian Brotherhood – The Real 13 Zoroastrian Bloodlines of the Illuminati

The Farneses helped found the Jesuit Order.

The recent King of Spain is a member of the Farnese family.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Jack Chick Dies October 23, 2016
Our beloved brother, Jack Chick, is now with the Lord.

Jack Chick passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday evening, October 23, 2016. He was 92.
We at Chick Publications all loved Jack.

We are like a family, and he was our closest relative. He loved every one of us, and we regularly got to tell him our appreciation and love for him. We got to see what kind of person he was on a daily basis —some people for over 45 years! It was very important for us to be with him before he made his final journey.
Unlike the king in the Chick tract The Fool, Jack had made every preparation for his eternal future. So we visited him to pray, to tell him we loved him, and to bless him on his way to his eternal reward.

But so many others have not gotten that opportunity, either to see what kind of person Jack was or testify how Chick tracts and Jack Chick affected them personally. We want to give you that opportunity.

We would appreciate any comments or testimonies you would like to share with us. To do so, please visit our facebook page or email u

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

KJ Only-ism Is Un-Wise - Jesus Partisans Balkans

King James Only-ism is not wise

While the King James Bible is a literary masterpiece and a milestone in the history of biblical translation, and while it was the spiritual bread and butter of early modern English christianity, I have to "tell it like it is", its language is lamentably outdated and not accessible to modern English speakers, not to speak of non-native speakers. I can compose a list of several hundred words (many of which latinisms or old English artefacts) which even natural literature-savvy speakers(readers) would need to process through a large dictionary to understand.

I am in no way endorsing any other English translation as superior, most others are based on faulty texts,but works like the Modern English Version, the Greene KJB and even the "satanic" NKJV have their merits.

I cannot help but wonder if the KJB only movement is a brainchild of the jesuits with the purpose of

1 Keeping honest and zealous christians in ignorance
2 giving baptists a cultic status among the rest of christianity.
3 preventing translation work from the TR for missionaries, who feel pressed to follow the KJB blindly

It is in little different than the "latin vulgate only" movement within traditionalist catholicism, which actually was the prevalent sentiment, which had dogmatic weight from the middle age through Trent, up to vatican II and was only interrupted by unknown good men and women and the reformers, who rendered the scriptures in the common/vulgar language (most of it language you could hear around town)

With the knowledge of Greek and Hebrew we have in the 21th century it is a shame nobody has taken up the task to prepare a translation, which is readable, comprehensible and applicable in day-to-day life. Or perhaps they have, only to be disregarded by the "enlightened" fundamental independent baptists, who care little for anything outside their dogmas.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The 5 Living Popes

The Black Popes

Peter Hans Kolvenbach  born November 30, 1928

Adolfo Nichols Pachon  born April 29, 1936

Arturo Sosa Abascal  born November 12, 1948

The White Popes

Benedict XVI (Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger)  born April 16, 1927

Francis  (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)  born December 17, 1936

As far as I know, there have never before been 5 living current and former Popes, as both positions - Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and Superior General of the Jesuit Order are customarily held until death.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 2016 Alfred E. Smith Dinner Features Trump and Hillary Clinton

Held in New York since 1945, this annual event since 1960 features the Democrat and Republican candidates for U.S. Presidents in election years.

The 71st such annual event, just held in October 2016, featured U.S. President candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump flanking Archbishop Dolan, as a symbolic representation of how the Roman Catholic Church plays both sides of the mainstream political aisle.

See the New York Times video of the event:

Various accounts:

Arturo Sosa Abascal S.J. Friday October 15, 2016 Homily

Speech given by the newly elected Jesuit Superior Genera at the Gesu

Entire [here published] text of the homily of Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, on the occasion of celebrating and giving thanks for his election as Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Roma, Chiesa del Gesù, 15/10/2016

Dearest Brothers, A few days ago, in this very Church of the Gesù, where the remains of St. Ignatius and Pedro Arrupe are laid to rest, Fr. Bruno Cadorè invited us to have the audacity of the improbable as the distinctive stance of persons of faith, who seek to bear witness to such faith in the complex reality of human life. He invited us to leave behind our fear and to row out into the deep, as a kind of attitude for being at once creative and faithful during the General Congregation.

Certainly, the audacity that we need in order to be servants of the mission of Christ Jesus can flow only from faith. For this reason, our gaze is directed first of all to God, since you have only one Father, and He is in heaven , as the passage from the Gospel which we have just heard reminds us. And as the Formula of the Institute reminds us at paragraph no .1: “Let (the Jesuit) have before his eyes, as long as he lives, before anything else, God, and then the form of this his Institute.” In fact, it is the whole heart that we wish to have in tune with the Merciful Father, the God that is only Love, our Principle and Foundation – the heart of each of us and also the heart of the body of the Society.

If our faith is like that of Mary, Jesus’ own mother and the Mother of the Society of Jesus, our audacity can go even further and seek not only the improbable, but the impossible, because nothing is impossible for God , as the Archangel Gabriel proclaims in the scene of the Annunciation (Luke 1:37). It is the same faith held by St. Teresa of Avila, or St. Teresa of Jesus, whose memorial we celebrate today. She too, without fear, entrusted herself to the Lord in order to undertake the improbable and the impossible.

Let us ask, therefore, for this faith from the Lord, so that we, as the Society of Jesus, can also make our own the words of Mary in her response to the extraordinary call that she received: “Behold the servant of the Lord: Be it done to me according to your word.” Like Ignatius and the First Companions, like so many Jesuit brothers who have fought and who fight today under the banner of the cross, in service only to the Lord and to his Church, we too desire to contribute to that which today seems impossible: a humanity reconciled in justice, that dwells peacefully in a well -­‐ cared -­‐ for common home, where there is a place for all, since we recognize each other as brothers and sisters, as sons and daughters of the same and only Father.

For this reason, we reaffirm even today the conviction of Ignatius as he wrote the Constitutions: “ Since the Society of Jesus was not instituted by human means, it is not through them that it can be preserved and increased, but with the all -­‐ powerful hand of Christ, our God and Lord ; in Him alone must our hope be placed.”

With our hope placed in God and in God alone the General Congregation will proceed with its deliberations and it will contribute to its duty to preserve and grow this whole body ( Const. 719).

The preservation and growth of the body of the Society is tightly bound to the depth o f the spiritual life of each of its members and of the communities in which we share life and mission with our companions. At the same time, it is necessary to have an extraordinary intellectual depth in order to think creatively about the ways in which our service to the mission of Christ Jesus can be more effective, in the creative tension of the Ignatian magis. To think about ways of deeply understanding the unique moment of human history in which we are living, and to contribute to the search f or alternatives for overcoming poverty, inequality, and oppression. To think so that we never cease posing pertinent theological questions, and so that we continue to deepen our understanding of the faith that we ask the Lord to increase in ourselves.

We are not alone. As companions of Jesus we too want to follow the journey of the incarnation, to identify ourselves with the human beings that suffer the consequences of injustice. The Society of Jesus can develop only in collaboration with others, only if it becomes the least Society that collaborates. Let us be attentive to the linguistic pitfalls here. We want to increase collaboration, not just to seek that others collaborate with us, with our own works, only because we don’t want to lose the prestige o f the position of who has the last word. We want to collaborate generously with others, inside and outside of the Church, in the awareness, which comes from the experience of God, of being called to the mission of Christ Jesus, which doesn’t belong to us exclusively, but whom we share with so many men and women who are consecrated to the service of others.

In the journey of collaboration, with the grace of God, we will also find new companions to increase the number, always much too small no matter how great, of collaborators who, along with the others, are invited to be part of this body. There is hardly any doubt about the need to increase our prayer and our work for vocations to the Society, and to continue the complex commitment to provide the formation that makes of them true Jesuits, members of this multicultural body that is called to testify to the richness of interculturalism as the face of humanity, created in the image and likeness of God.

Let us, therefore , today make our own the words of the Apostle Paul: may the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like -­‐ minded one toward the other according to the example of Christ Jesus, so that you may give glory to the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart and one voice. (Rm. 15 :5) In the Church of the Gesù in R
 As reported by the Jesuit General Convocation 36 site:

The afternoon of Friday, October 14, after the election, the congregation members were able to take a well deserved break. They met this morning at the Gesù Church for the second time in two weeks. They had the joy to be around their new Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa, who therefore had the opportunity, in his homily, to offer for the first time a spiritual message inspired by the Holy Scripture.
The first reading was taken from the wisdom tradition, the book of Sirach. It emphasized how the search for wisdom provides the intelligence and opens the way for just decisions. Whoever has this wisdom coming from the Lord will spread it to all nations. Psalm 88 reminded that the Lord is pleased by the fidelity of his servant. An excerpt from the letter of St. Paul to the Christians of Rome exhorted them to avoid causing scandal and division, but mainly to show perseverance and hope by doing everything for the good of their neighbour. In the Gospel of St. Mark, Jesus invited his disciples to be watchful at all times.
In his homily, the new Superior General first recalled that a few days earlier, at the opening of the General Congregation, the Master of the Dominicans had invited the Jesuits to the audacity of the improbable, something that characterizes a person of faith. Fr. Sosa was even more daring: referring to Mary, he opened the way to the audacity not only of the ‘improbable’ but also of the ‘impossible’, because “Nothing is impossible for God”, had said the angel Gabriel.

The General added: “We ask the Lord for that kind of faith, because we can make it our own, as Society of Jesus, the faith expressed in Mary’s words in response to receiving the extraordinary appeal: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, all be done according to thy words.’ As Ignatius and his first companions, like so many brothers who fought and lived under the banner of the cross in the service of the Lord and his Church, we also want to contribute to what seems impossible today: a humanity reconciled in justice, living in peace in a common house well kept, where there is room for everyone because we recognize that we are siblings, son and daughters of the same and unique Father.”

Father General then stressed the fact that we are not alone to accomplish this task; we do it in collaboration. Not only that of collaborators in our works, but by making ourselves collaborators of people, inside and outside of the Church, who are involved in a mission that is not ours exclusively, a mission we share with many men and women dedicated to the service of others.

You can read the original homily in Italian by clicking here.
Official English translation here.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

About Arturo Sosa Abascal S.J. - from Wikipedia Spanish language edition

Studies Doctor in Political Science
Alma mater Andres Bello Catholic University
Central University of Venezuela
Website General Curia of the Society of Jesus

Arturo Sosa Abascal

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  1. Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ (born December as November as 1948 ) is a priest Catholic Venezuelan . The 14 of October of 2016 , the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus , the religious order most numerous of the Catholic Church , chose him as the thirty - first Superior General of the Society of Jesus . succeeds to Adolfo Nicolas Pachon SJ , who served in it for eight years. It is considered one of the most important cultural and social references of Venezuela.


    Arturo Marcelino Sosa Abascal was born in Caracas ( Venezuela ) on 12 November 1948. It is delegated to the Curia and the houses and interprovincial works of the Society of Jesus in Rome , and is a director of General Father . He holds a degree in philosophy from the Catholic University Andres Bello (1972) and a doctorate in political science from the Central University of Venezuela .
    In the General Congregation 35 held in 2008 he was chosen by the Father General Adolfo Nicolás as Director General. And in 2014 he joined the Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome as a delegate to the Curia and the houses and interprovincial works of the Society of Jesus in Rome. It is institutions that depend directly on the Superior General of the Jesuits and for appointing a delegate. These include, in addition to the General Curia, the Pontifical Gregorian University , the Pontifical Biblical Institute , the Pontifical Oriental Institute , the Vatican Observatory , as well as various International and Residential Schools.
    Between 1996 and 2004 was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela. He was previously coordinator of the social apostolate in this country and director of Gumilla Center , a research and social action of the Jesuits in Venezuela. Along with that I was responsible for the magazine SIC, which won under his leadership in 1979 National Journalism Award. 
    Father Arturo Sosa has a long history of dedication to teaching and research. He has played several positions and functions in the university. He has been professor and member of the Foundation Board of the Andres Bello Catholic University and Rector of the Catholic University of Tachira . Especially he pursued research and teaching in the field of political science, in different centers and institutions, as the Chair of Contemporary Political Theory and the Department of Social Change in Venezuela at the School of Social Sciences. He has been a researcher at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Political Science at the Central University of Venezuela and, at the same university, professor at the School of Political Studies at the Department of History of the political ideas of Venezuela. In 2004 he was invited by the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University in the United States was professor and professor of the Department of Venezuelan Political Thought of the Catholic University of Tachira.
    He has published several works, especially on Venezuelan history and politics.


  2. Europa Press, ed. (14 October 2016). "The Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, new Superior General of the Jesuits' . Retrieved on October 14, 2016.
  3. Sosa Abascal, Arturo (1999). "From the liberal tyranny to democracy threatened" . In Bernal, Josefina. The reason and passion. Around Manuel Caballero. Caracas: Fondo Editorial Humanities, Central University of Venezuela. p. 100. ISBN 980-00-1507-8 . Retrieved on October 14, 2016.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Now There Are 5

'Father' Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Venezuelan Province,
elected as 31st Superior General of the Jesuit Order.
with 50% + 1 vote (107 votes).

Succeeds Adolfo Nichols who resigned October 3, 2006,
who succeeded Peter Kolvenbach who resigned in 2008 and who is still alive
making 3 living former and one current 'Black' Popes;
plus the current Pope Francis ad his predecessor Benedict XVI who remains alive
making 2 current and former White Popes
all together making 5 current and former Black and White Popes.

Popes traditionally die in office.
This situation of emeritus Popes is apparently unprecedented. 

From America- National Catholic Review

The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Venezuelan Province, Superior General.

Father Arturo Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 12, 1948. He is the Delegate of the General for the Interprovincial Houses and Works of the Society of Jesus in Rome. He is a doctor in political sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has a license in philosophy from the Andrés Bello Catholic University. Father Arturo Sosa speaks Spanish, Italian, English and understands French.

Alan Fogarty, S.J., the president of the Gregorian University Foundation, has Father Sosa as his superior. This morning he told America that Father Sosa is man of great faith, a real leader, because he has a vision coming from a strong sense of the history of the Society.  He is a great listener, a man of patience, and believes deeply in discernment, in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

He is very friendly, very easy to talk to, and is sensitive, and has a deep concern for others. He is a true companion of Jesus, Father Fogarty added.

During the 35th General Congregation, in 2008, Father Sosa was chosen Counselor General by then-Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás. In 2014, he joined the curia of the Society of Jesus, in Rome, as delegate for the Society’s Interprovincial Houses and Works. These include the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Vatican Observatory.

According to the announcement by General Congregation, Father Sosa served as Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela between 1996 and 2004. Before that, he was coordinator of the social apostolate in that country and director of Centro Gumilla, a center for research and social action by the Jesuits in Venezuela.
Father Sosa has had a long career in teaching and research. He was a professor and a member of the Foundation Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic University and for 10 years he was the rector of the Catholic University in Táchira. He did most of his research and teaching in political science and published several works about the history and politics of Venezuela.
 From the Jesuit General Convocation 36 site:

The 36th General Congregation has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela as Superior General.

Father Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948. Until his election, Father Sosa has been Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l’Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l’Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French.

In 2008, during General Congregation 35, Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed Father Arturo Sosa as General Counsellor, based in Venezuela. In 2014, Father Sosa joined the General Curia community and took on the role of Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include: the Pontifical Gregorian University,  the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, Civiltà Cattolica, as well as international Jesuit colleges in Rome.

Between 1996 and 2004, Father Sosa was provincial superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela. Before that, he was the province coordinator for the social apostolate, during which time he was also director of Gumilla Social Centre, a centre for research and social action for the Jesuits in Venezuela.

Father Arturo Sosa has dedicated his life to research and teaching. He has held different positions in academia. He has been a professor and member of the Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic Foundation and Rector of the Catholic University of Tachira. He has pursued research and teaching in the field of political science, in various centers and institutions, as the Chair of Contemporary Political Theory and the Department of Social Change in Venezuela at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

See our Album on the Election of Fr. Arturo.

In 2004, he was invited as a visiting professor by the Latin American Studies Center at Georgetown University in the United States while he was a professor in the Department of Venezuelan political thought of the Catholic University of Tachira.

While Father Sosa election as superior general completes one of the main tasks of GC 36, the group’s work is not over. Now the delegates will tackle matters of mission, governance and the state of the Society. Topics may range from the Society’s changing demographics to challenges in worldwide ministries, to the Jesuit response to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty and violence.

Jesuit Order Expected To Elect Next 'Black Pope' Today- October 14, 2016

Found at Endr Times

Originally published at The Times of India

Panaji: In Rome, a spiritual meeting is underway, as the Society of Jesus, a Catholic religious order founded by St Ignatius of Loyola, prepares to elect the Spaniard’s 30th successor — a new ‘Black Pope’. Representing 112 countries, 79 provinces and six continents, 215 members of the order have been involved in deep prayer and intense discussions at the 36th General Congregation (GC 36), held at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, and, on October 14, they will elect their new general.

India has the largest population of Jesuits in the world and there is strong feeling among the 3,000-odd Indian Jesuits that 476 years since its existence, the general may be one of their own. But, sources from inside the Jesuit Curia in Rome say that it could be a South American, considering that Christianity is more widespread and a bigger part of the local culture in Latin America than Asia.

The Catholic Church broke stereotypes by electing a non-European Pope, an Argentinian Jesuit — Jorge Bergoglio, in 2013, and by 4pm on Friday, the world will know if the Society of Jesus will take a similar plunge at its 36th General Congregation during which Jesuits will elect their new general, who is also called the Black Pope. 

The election will take place after the delegates concelebrate the Eucharist at 7.30am in the Church of the Holy Spirit in Rome. The thirtieth and most recent Superior General is the Fr Adolfo Nicolás, who officially resigned on October 3, 2016.

What makes GC 36 special is that it's the first paper-less congregation. The Jesuits will digitally vote for their new general through a tablet.pppp Despite TOI’s several attempts to break down the code of silence and secrecy about who could be the next general of the largest religious order of the Catholic Church, conversations with the Jesuits failed to produce any name. “There is no point in speculating. Every time we speculate who it could be, it never matches the one chosen with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The 215 delegates in Rome can elect any one of them or someone out there in the world who is a professed Jesuit priest, having taken his fourth vow to the ChurchThe possibilities for anyone to be elected is roughly about one in 15,000. So, we have to just wait with bated breath and restrained excitement, spending time in prayer,” says Fr Cedric Prakash, a Gujarat-based Jesuit, who is currently on a mission in Beirut, Lebanon, as the advocacy and communications officer of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

The GC 36, which officially began on October 2, is in the most exciting stage called ‘murmaratio’, where the focus is on electing a new leader, through a process of intense prayer and great confidentiality. “A new general will bring in new leadership and inspiration to respond to the challenges facing the society and will reformulate the mission of the Society of Jesus in a language that appeal to younger Jesuits,” says Fr Anthony da Silva, former provincial of the Goa province of the Society of Jesus, who is currently based at the Xavier Centre for Historical Research, Porvorim.

Da Silva, who hails from Moira, was in Rome in March 2008, when the Jesuits gathered for GC 35 and he recounts his experience. “A few names start to surface at the beginning of the congregation and the next days are spent in getting to know better the people behind these names by having a one-on-one conversations with each of them. We could sit down for a coffee or share the same dining table, or just take a walk, but we discuss their vision for the society and explore their leadership capabilities. There is no debate or political lobbying or propaganda. On the election day, which is October 14 this year, there is this powerful spiritual feeling that will drive the congregation to narrow down on a couple of names, after which, we vote,” he says.

“The biggest challenges the Jesuits face in South Asia are growing instances of intolerance, exploitation and injustices. At the global level, some of our challenges include engaging ourselves in works of restoration, responding to the environmental crisis gripping our planet and humanely handling the refugee crisis in many parts of the world,” said scholastic Anderson Fernandes, a Jesuit from Margao, who is currently pursuing his theological studies at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, New Delhi.

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Some Considerations before GC36

At GC36 there are some new developments in light of the experience of the last Congregations.  For instance, the report on the State of the Society will be ready before the start of the General Congregation in order to allow for a more serene and reflected formulation.  Also, the previous work done by other commissions on various topics will be considered part of the General Congregation.  Finally, for the first time six Jesuit Brothers will participate as electors with the right to vote in the election of the General.

Regarding topics for the Congregation, in the letter of convocation of the General Congregation, Fr. Nicolás asked each Jesuit to reflect and discern the three most important calls that the Lord makes to the Society today.  It seems to me that gathering together these calls could indicate some important themes for the General Congregation.

I think we should also keep in mind the call of the Holy Father to go to the frontiers and peripheries of the world, issues connected with migrants and refugees, the Jubilee of Mercy, the Synod on the family.  It is important to recall that the well-known decree 4 of GC 32 on the service of faith and the promotion of justice was inspired as follow-up to the Synod on Justice in 1971-72.

Another big issue that I think should be addressed is the demographic change in the Society.  As it happens in the universal Church, the number of young Jesuits grows especially in Asia (47%) and Africa (20%), it remains more or less the same in Latin America (12%), and continues to diminish in Europe (12%) and the United States (9%).  That means that 79% of young Jesuits is found in the global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America) while only 21% is found in the whole of Europe and the United States.  The Society of the future, and by that I mean in the next ten years, will show a different face.  Considering that key positions in many institutions – such as in the Gregorian University – have been occupied by Jesuits from Europe and North America, we must reflect on the consequences of this demographic change so as not to find ourselves unprepared.

This post is a fragment of an interview to Fr. Orlando Torres published at the last issue of the Gregorian University publication, available in Italian at
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