• Short Summary

    TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY JESUITS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE GATHERED IN ROME TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR A SECRET CONCLAVE TO ELECT A NEW SUPERIOR GENERAL.

  • Description

    TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY JESUITS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE GATHERED IN ROME TODAY (THURSDAY) FOR A SECRET CONCLAVE TO ELECT A NEW SUPERIOR GENERAL. HE WILL SUCCEED THE BELGIAN FATHER JAN JANSSENS WHO DIED LAST OCTOBER AFTER LEADING THE ORDER FOR 18-YEARS. THE NEW SUPERIOR GENERAL WILL HAVE UNDER HIS COMMAND 36,000 MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS - MOST POWERFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC ORDER IN THE WORLD.

    AFTER DISCUSSIONS AND CONSULTATIONS WHICH MAY LAST UP TO A FORTNIGHT - INDEED IN 1923, PROCEEDING LASTED FOR 93 DAYS - THE 220 ELECTORS WILL BE LOCKED IN A HALL TO CHOOSE THE NEW LEADER. WHOEVER IS ELECTED WILL BE THE 28TH GENERAL SINCE SAINT IGNATIUS LOYOLA, THE SPANISH FOUNDER, TOOK VOWS WITH HIS FIRST SMALL GROUP OF 'SPIRITUAL SOLDIERS' AT THE CHURCH OF MONTMARTRE, IN PARIS, IN 1953.

    HITHERTO THE GENERAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN ELECTED FOR LIFE, BUT THIS TIME THERE ARE PERSISTENT RUMOURS THAT THE NEW GENERAL MAY ONLY BE ELECTED FOR A PERIOD OF SEVEN YEARS.

    ON ELECTION DAY, A PRIEST CHOSEN AS 'DOORKEEPER' WILL LOCK DELEGATES IN A HALL, AND FROM THEN ON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SEEING THE THEY HAVE NO CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD UNTIL THE NEW GENERAL HAS BEEN ELECTED. INSIDE, AFTER AN HOUR OF PRIVATE PRAYER, THE VOTING WILL BEGIN. ONLY A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE IS REQUIRED.

    IN 1946, FATHER JANSSENS WAS ELECTED ON THE FIRST BALLOT. WHEN THE NEW GENERAL IS FINALLY CHOSEN, THE POPE WILL BE INFORMED OF THE DECISION IMMEDIATELY.

    (ACCORDING TO WELL INFORMED SOURCES, A LEADING ITALIAN CHURCHMAN AND A BASQUE PRIEST WORKING IN JAPAN ARE THE TWO MAIN CANDIDATES FOR THE ELECTION AS 'BLACK POPE' (SO CALLED BECAUSE OF THE SEVERE BLACK HABIT WORN BY THE ORDER). THE BASQUE PRIEST IS FATHER PEDRO ARRUPE, 57, WHO SINCE 1958 HAS BEEN THE PROVINCIAL LEADER OF JESUITS WORKING IN JAPAN. BORN IN BILBAO, HE'S EARNED A HIGH REPUTATION FOR WELDING VARIOUS NATIONALITIES INTO A TEAM. THE ITALIAN CANDIDATE IS FATHER PAOLO DEZZA, AGED 63, FORMER RECTOR OF THE PONTIFICAL GREGORIAN UNIVERSITY IN ROME, WHO IS REGARDED HIGHLY AS AN INTELLECTUAL AND ADMINISTRATOR. ALTHOUGH TWO AMERICANS ARE ALSO BEING TALKED OF AS OTHER POSSIBLE CANDIDATES, THERE'S A STRONG FEELING IN ECCLESIASTICAL CIRCLES THAT THE UNITED STATES, FOR POLITICAL AND INTERNAL REASONS, IS UNLIKELY TO PROVIDE THE NEXT SUPERIOR GENERAL. THE JESUITS ARE STRONGER IN THE UNITED STATES THAN IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY WITH NEARLY 8,500 MEMBERS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7W7HLMTNL0O4GOPGI82M1SB07
    Media URN:
    VLVA7W7HLMTNL0O4GOPGI82M1SB07
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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