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Pope Francis draws on Jesuit spiritual heritage

In this guest column on page 20, Fr. Richard Ryscavage discusses the new pope: “No one was more shocked by the election of a Jesuit pope than the members of the Society of Jesus. We are the only religious order that, besides vows of chastity, obedience and poverty, take a fourth vow of loyalty to the Pope. We put ourselves at his disposal. He can send us on mission anywhere and anytime and we must follow his orders. That is why Jesuits are sometimes called the “Pope’s Soldiers.” For the first time in history one of the Pope’s Soldiers has become the Pope…”

Published in Fairfield County Catholic in April 2013

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