The general congregation meeting, the first since 2008, will begin on October 2 with a Mass near the tomb of St Ignatius Loyola. 215 Jesuits from around the world will be present. They include six religious brothers; 33 of the delegates are from the United States and Canada, according to Jesuit Father Patrick Mulemi, director of the Jesuit communications office in Rome.
Pope Francis is scheduled to be in Azerbaijan when the general congregation begins, but he is expected to address the delegates sometime during their meeting.
A committee has been working since January on a comprehensive report on the status of the Society of Jesus, Fr Mulemi said. The report should be presented to the general congregation on October 3. [More]