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New Head of Jesuits Elected

Venezuelan Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Will Be Superior General of Society of Jesus

Venezuelan Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa has been elected new Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

According to Vatican Radio, the announcement of the newly-elected leader came this morning in the Vatican, as the Jesuits are meeting in Rome for their 36th General Congregation.

Fr. Sosa succeeds the 80-year-old Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, who, in 2014, announced his resignation.

After days of prayer and discernment, 212 electors representing the nearly 17,000 Jesuits working around the world chose Fr. Sosa as their leader.

Born in Caracas on Nov. 12, 1948, Arturo Sosa would go on to obtain a doctorate in political sciences, before entering the Jesuits and, in 1977, being ordained a priest.

During their General Congregation, the Jesuits use a new electronic voting system on tablets for most of the proposals they are discussing, but, for the election of their leader, they continue the traditional method of paper ballots.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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