LETTER OF POPE
TO FR. ADOLFO NICOLÁS PACHÓN
SUPERIOR GENERAL OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS
Dear Fr Nicolás,
I received with great joy the kind letter you sent me, on your
own behalf and on behalf of the Society of Jesus, on the occasion of my election
to the See of St Peter. In it you informed me of your prayers for me and for my
apostolic ministry, as well as of your total willingness to continue serving the
Church and the Vicar of Christ unconditionally, in accordance with the precept
of St Ignatius of Loyola.
I warmly thank you for this sign of esteem and closeness. I
reciprocate with pleasure, while I ask the Lord to enlighten and accompany all
Jesuits so that — faithful to the charism they have received and in the
footsteps of the saints of our beloved Order — with their pastoral action, and
above all with the witness of a life dedicated without reserve to serving the
Church, Bride of Christ — they may be a Gospel leaven in the world, tirelessly
seeking the glory of God and the good of souls.
With these sentiments I ask all the Jesuits to pray for me and
to commend me to the loving protection of the Virgin Mary, our Mother in heaven.
As a pledge of abundant divine graces, with special affection I impart the
Apostolic Blessing, which I extend to all those who collaborate with the Society
of Jesus in their activities, so that they may benefit from its good works and
share in its spirituality.
From the Vatican, 16 March 2013