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Pope Tells Jesuits Their Place is on the Frontiers

July 4, 2013 — When Pope Francis met with the writers of the Jesuit journal "La Civilta Cattolica" at the Vatican in June, he had a clear message for Jesuits: “Your proper place is on the frontiers. This is the place of Jesuits.”

But he warned against trying to tame the frontiers. “You must go to the frontiers and not bring the frontiers home to varnish them a bit and tame them. In today’s world, subject to rapid changes and agitated by questions of great relevance for the life of the faith, a courageous commitment is urgent to educate to a faith of conviction and maturity, capable of giving meaning to life and of offering convincing answers to all those seeking God.”

The pope also spoke about the Jesuits’ charism, which he said includes looking for God in all things.

"One treasure of the Jesuits is spiritual discernment that seeks to recognize the presence of God's spirit in human and cultural experiences," said the Jesuit pope.

Pope Francis also said that his fellow Jesuits can help heal the rift between the Gospel and today's cultures.

"This ministry is typical of the mission of the Society of Jesus," he said, urging the editors and staff of the journal to continue offering the world "your reflections and your in-depth analyses" of cultural and social trends and transformations, including hot button topics.

Pope Francis said the magazine's main task is to build bridges, not walls, and engage in dialogue with all people, even those who are not Christian but share the same values, as well as those who are antagonistic to the church.

To read his full address, visit Zenit.org. [Catholic News ServiceJesuit Curia]


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