Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving Sept. 27 in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after Pope Clement XIV suppressed it in 1773.


Pope Francis Celebrates Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Jesuits

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving Sept. 27 in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after Pope Clement XIV suppressed it in 1773.

"The date of September 27 [for the liturgy] was not chosen by chance. For us Jesuits, it’s a very important day because on Sept. 27, 1540, Pope Paul III approved the Society for the first time,” explained Jesuit Father Giuseppe Bellucci.

In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of discernment. “Only discernment saves us from real uprooting, from true ‘suppression’ of the heart, which is selfishness, worldliness, the loss of our horizon. Our hope, is Jesus; it is only Jesus.”

He also called upon Jesuits to be “brave and expert rowers.”

“Row, be strong, even with the headwind! We row in the service of the Church. We row together! But while we row — we all row, even the Pope rows in the boat of Peter — we must pray a lot, ‘Lord, save us! Lord save your people.’”

He concluded his homily by reminding Jesuits that their identity "is that of a man who loves God and loves and serves his brothers, showing by example not only that in which he believes, but also that in which he hopes, and who is the One in whom he has put his trust.”


View the Vatican telecast of the liturgy (in Italian)



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