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The new superior general greets the previous superior general, Fr Adolfo Nicolás, after his election (CNS)

He becomes the 30th successor of St Ignatius of Loyola

Pope Francis with outgoing superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The Jesuits’ next chapter

The new superior general must be holy, humorous, a good administrator and able to lead the Society’s worldwide efforts for justice

Jesuits at the last general congregation in 2008 (CNS)

Jesuits prepare to elect new leader

The Society is holding its first general congregation since 2008

Heythrop College (Photo: Mazur/

Collapse of talks means Heythrop may no longer have a future after 2018

A drawing of Fr John Sullivan by Sean O'Sullivan. (Image: CNS, courtesy Irish Jesuit Communications)

The priest gained a reputation in his lifetime for the great efficacy of his prayers. This week he even helped me

St John of the Cross

Saint of the week: St John of the Cross

The saint who co-founded the barefoot Carmelites

Heythrop College referred to financial challenges in its statement (© Mazur/

The university college is currently in partnership talks with St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Pope Francis established the Commission for the Protection of Minors   last December (AP)

More appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors expected shortly

Father Adolfo Nicolas, Jesuit superior general, with Pope Francis (CNS)

Father Adolfo Nicolas has revealed his intention to resign in late 2016

Benedict XVI (PA)

What we need is an intelligent application of the science of casuistry: after all, we have a Jesuit Pope: Jesuits are supposed to be good at it