Pope Francis with his fellow Jesuits in Quebec

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This was the general context of Francis’ presence in Canada, but as he does on almost all trips, the Holy Father was also keen to offer the Jesuits of Canada the opportunity to meet him. He just wanted to talk with them, without an agenda, and share their hopes and concerns. The meeting took place in Quebec, and it was at a time when some of the Jesuits were attending their provincial congregation, a statutory assembly, in Midland, Ontario. As a result, many who would have liked to participate in this personal meeting with the Pope were unable to attend. Nevertheless, the Superior of Quebec, Marc Rizzetto, was there with about twenty companions, including several scholastics, including several Haitians who are members of the Province of Canada.

There were no speeches, just an opportunity for conversation among fellow Jesuits on various topics, such as the indigenous question, the meaning of synodality, the upcoming synod, media relations, legal issues, the tradition and traditionalism, the liturgy and the situation in Haiti. Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, Director of La Civilta Cattolicawho accompanies the pope on all his international travels, was present at the meeting and published an excellent summary of the conversations. You can read his article here.

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