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Posted : 2014-01-09 11:16
Updated : 2014-01-09 11:16

Jesuit leader to visit here next week

The head of the Society of Jesus, the religious order in the Roman Catholic Church that produced Pope Francis, will visit South Korea next week, a local church organization said Thursday.

Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the sect whose members are called the Jesuits, will make the visit from Tuesday to Friday, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea said.

During the visit, Nicolas will pay a visit to Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, and Sogang University in the capital to meet with faculty and alumni, it said.

Sogang University was founded in 1960 by a U.S. Jesuit parish.

Nicolas will make the trip on his way to Japan where he studied and lectured in theology for more than 30 years, according to other sources well informed of the trip.

Born in Spain, Nicolas entered the Society of Jesus in 1953. He studied at the University of Alcala, where he earned his licentiate in philosophy, until 1960, and subsequently traveled to Japan to familiarize himself with Japanese language and culture.

Nicolas entered Sophia University in Tokyo in 1964 to study theology and was later ordained to the priesthood in 1967.

He later studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and earned a doctorate in theology. Upon his return to Japan, Nicolas was made professor of systematic theology at his alma mater of Sophia University, and taught there for the next 30 years.

After serving as president of the Jesuit Conference of Provincials for Eastern Asia and Oceania and as provincial of the Jesuit Province of Japan, he was elected as the Order's 30th Superior General in January 2008. (Yonhap)


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