Jesuits elect first Latin-American general

Austen Ivereigh
CRUX News

Jesuits elect first Latin-American general
Father Arturo Sosa, 68, the new Venezuelan general of the Society of Jesus.

The Jesuits’ new general is a Venezuelan whose past curiously mirrors that of the first Jesuit pope

The Society of Jesus has elected its first Latin-American leader since its foundation in 1540, a Rome-based Venezuelan whose past curiously parallels that of the first Jesuit pope.

Like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who steered his divided province through the 1970s Argentine dictatorship, Father Arturo Sosa SJ, 67, was Venezuelan provincial between  1996 and 2004, when there were tensions within his province over the dictatorship of Hugo Chávez.

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Jesuits at Georgetown Admittedly Involved in Slave Trade

Georgetown University. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) Maryland Jesuits grateful for Georgetown slavery report Georgetown Confronts Slavery in Its History Georgetown to Consider Renaming Buildings, Offering Financial Aid to Slave Descendants Documentation Nick Anderson The Washington Post Georgetown University’s examination of its ties to slavery, through a report issued Thursday, also puts a focus on the role of the Maryland Jesuits in owning and selling slaves in … Continue reading Jesuits at Georgetown Admittedly Involved in Slave Trade

272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?

Rachel L. Swarns
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.

But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.

Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University. Continue reading “272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants?”