Vatican City, Dec 3, 2018 / 20:44 pm
For the 50th anniversary of a Jesuit college in Rome, Pope Francis challenged members of the college community to reflect on the origins of the Society of Jesus as they seek spiritual fruit.
"I would like to advise you to return to the discussion on service to be like Jesus, to imitate Jesus, Who emptied Himself, Who annihilated Himself and obeyed unto death," he said.
The pope met with students and staff from the Jesuit International College of the Gesù of Rome. The college was begun in 1968 by Father Pedro Arrupe, a former Superior General of the order, whose canonization cause is open.
The Holy Father pointed to the jubilee in the Book of Leviticus in the Old Testament, and encouraged the Jesuits to return to the foundations of the order, focusing on an imitation of Christ.