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Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, a member of the Jesuits' Venezuelan province, was elected the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus Oct. 14.
Jesuits gathered in Rome were invited to draw on "the audacity of the improbable" during a Mass to open their general congregation.
Several electors say there is an increased probability the new superior general of the order will be of African or Asian descent.
The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus begins Oct. 2 in Rome; this year's congregation will include the election of a new superior general.