May 19, 2022. “Welcome! You see? I am in my new gestatorial chair,” the pope joked, alluding to his being in a wheelchair owing to knee pain. Francis greeted, one-by-one, the editors of the cultural journals of the Society of Jesus in Europe gathered in the Private Library of the Apostolic Palace.
The group was composed of Fr. Stefan Kiechle of Stimmen der Zeit (Germany), Lucienne Bittar of Choisir (Switzerland), Fr. Ulf Jonsson of Signum (Sweden), Fr. Jaime Tatay of Razón y fe (Spain), Fr. José Frazão of Correia di Brotéria (Portugal), Fr. Paweł Kosiński of Deon (Poland), Fr. Arpad Hovarth of A Szív (Hungary), Robert Mesaros of Viera a život (Slovakia), Frances Murphy of Thinking Faith (Great Britain) and Fr. Antonio Spadaro of La Civiltà Cattolica (Italy). Three editors were lay people, two of whom were women (of the Swiss and British magazines). The others were Jesuits.
The meeting with the pontiff was the start of their annual three-day meeting. The superior general of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, was also present. “I have not prepared a speech,” the pope began, “so, if you want, ask questions. If we have a dialogue, our meeting will be richer.”