Former Jesuit superior general, Father Adolfo Nicolás, dies in Tokyo

Pope Francis (R) hugs Jesuit priest Adolfo Nicolas during the vespers celebrated on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus on September 27, 2014 at the Gesu church (Chiesa del Gesu) in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP)

The 30th superior general of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, died in Tokyo, Japan, on May 20. He was 84.

Father Adolfo Nicolás, a Spanish Jesuit, led the world’s largest men’s religious order, for eight years from 2008 to 2016.

The priest, who had been ill for some time, met with Pope Francis, also a Jesuit, on Nov. 26, 2019, during the pope’s visit to Japan.

“With sorrow, but at the same time full of gratitude, I wish to inform you that today … the Lord called to Himself Father Adolfo Nicolás, our former superior general,” read a message from Father Arturo Sosa, the current superior general of the congregation.

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