No rift between Jesuits and Vatican says ''Black'' Pope

Newly elected head of the Society of Jesus Fr Adolfo Nicolas has met with Pope Benedict in a private audience on the weekend, denying any contradiction between the Jesuits and the Vatican.

Catholic World News reports a statement released by the Jesuits soon after said the meeting had been "warm and friendly".

The statement added Fr Nicolas had used the meeting as an opportunity to "reaffirm his personal respect for the Vicar of Christ as well as the esteem of the whole Society of Jesus."

Following a Jesuit tradition, the new superior general renewed his vows in the Pope's presence.

Catholic News Agency also reports, while in Rome, Fr Adolofo held his first official press conference.

Reading a prepared statement, Fr Nicolas added "there has never been and there is not opposition between the Pope and the Society of Jesus, between the Jesuits and the Vatican."

"It is not true that there is a theological distance between the new General of the Jesuits and Pope Ratzinger," Fr Nicolas said.

"I am an unknown and therefore newspapers are not finding anything about me, so they search and sometimes they invent."

Jesuits are not in opposition to the Vatican, new Superior General says (Catholic News Agency 25/01/08)
New Jesuit general meets with Pontiff (Catholic World News 28/01/08)
New Jesuit Superior renews obedience to Pope (Zenit 28/01/08)

New Jesuit leader blends old with new (CathNews 21/01/08)

29 Jan 2008