Pope mourns death of Fr Kolvenbach, former head of Jesuits

Pope mourns death of Fr Kolvenbach, former head of Jesuits

Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the death of Jesuit Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former head of the order, over the weekend, Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Society praising the priest’s fidelity and offering prayers for the repose of his soul.

“Learning of the news of the holy death of Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, I wish to express to you and to the entire Jesuit family my most sincere condolences,” the Pope said in a Nov. 28 letter.

Addressed to the current head of the Society, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the letter recalled the “integral fidelity” with which Fr. Kolvenbach served Christ and the Gospel, as well as his “generous commitment to exercising his ministry for the good of the Church.”

Francis offered his prayers for Fr. Kolvenbach, asking, through Divine Mercy, for “eternal peace for his soul.”

“Spiritually present in the rite of funerals, I cordially impart to you, to your brother (Jesuits) and to the many sharing in the sadness of this loss, my apostolic blessing.”

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One comment on “Pope mourns death of Fr Kolvenbach, former head of Jesuits

  1. [Actually there was little love lost between the two of them]

    From: Gloria.TV News on the 28th of November 2016


    A Warner: Last Saturday, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach died in Beirut, Lebanon. He was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. Kolvenbach allegedly wrote to the Vatican recommending that Jorge Mario Bergoglio not be made archbishop of Buenos Aires because he was emotionally unstable and temperamentally unreliable. John Paul II promoted him anyway, believing that liberal Jesuits were unduly prejudiced against Bergoglio because [at that time] he had been unsympathetic to Liberation Theology.

    Bad Relationship: As the Argentinean provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio did not form as warm a relationship with the superior general, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, as he had with his predecessor, Pedro Arrupe. Kolvenbach even intervened to unseat Bergoglio and spurned him on his trip to Argentina in 1988. Bergoglio was exiled to Cordoba and his followers sent abroad.

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