Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "The conversion of Saint Ignatius does not concern only the past, but also the present and the future. It is an opportunity for renewal and rediscovery of Ignatian roots. It is an opportunity to stop, take stock and put Christ back at the center. Following this spirit, we have decided to give special emphasis to the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola after his injury in Pamplona, carrying out a special Jubilee Year, which began last May and will end on July 31, 2022, feast of Saint Ignatius". This was reported to Fides by Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, recalling that March 12, 2022 will be the 400th anniversary of the canonization of St. Ignatius: "Ignatius - he explains - founded the Society of Jesus to help people to see that God acts in the reality of their lives and to appreciate the bigger and greater dream to which the Lord calls us every day".
Throughout the world, there are numerous pastoral and missionary events, initiatives and programs dedicated to Ignatian spirituality. In Germany, a documentary in several languages about Ignatius and his spirituality, entitled “Ignatius the Godseeker”, will be screened. In the United States, a short story initiative was launched, entitled "In the Pilgrim's Company". In France, in Marseille, a very important meeting of the Ignatian family is being organized for November 2021. In Hungary, a board game is being prepared in several languages to learn about the history of the Jesuits in a fun way and have a community experience. In Latin America, a series of prayer guides, with audio-visual capsules, are being prepared for dissemination on social media. In Africa, a photographic contest for young Jesuits will be launched to capture in images various aspects of the mission of the Society of Jesus on the continent.
"It is good to remember - observes Father Arturo - that the wound suffered by Ignazio in Pamplona was not so much a happy ending, but a happy ending as a happy beginning. Conversion sometimes consists of great moments of change, but it is also a process that accompanies us throughout our lives: this process - he concludes - is a pilgrimage through winding roads, sometimes having to retrace our steps, sometimes feeling lost. But finding people along the way who show us the way and lead us by the hand". (ES) (Agenzia Fides, 19/6/2021)