Francis is the first Jesuit pope

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Pope Francis is the first pope, who is a Jesuit.  How can it influence his pontificate? What is the main difference between Jesuits and other orders?


 Thomas Worcester, Jesuit Priest, Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross

Jesuits seek God in all things, not only in chapels and formal prayer. They are contemplatives but in the world, not apart from it. Jesuits are especially optimistic about human nature as created in the image of god. Jesuits have a world-wide perspective, and a strong commitment to justice for the poor. These things should influence his papacy.

Charles Hilken, Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California 

There won’t be much effect on the papacy from his membership in the Jesuits. The days are long past when the Jesuits were feared for their great influence in the church. Their leader used to be called the black pope due the power of the Jesuits throughout the world. The order was even suppressed for a generation at the end of the 18th century. But now they are generally respected deeply for their missionary work and for the academic accomplishments.

(Thanks to @SunWuKchung for contribution).

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