After four days of prayer and reflection, on October 14th 2016, The 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, its Superior General. He is 68 years old, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on November 12, 1948.
He was superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela until 2004, and the rector of the Catholic University of Táchira for 10 years. And at the moment he is the delegate for the International Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus.
He is a doctor in political sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has a license in philosophy from the Andrés Bello Catholic University. Father Arturo Sosa speaks Spanish, Italian, English and understands French.
Father Sosa has had a long career in teaching and research. He was a professor and a member of the Foundation Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic University. He did most of his research and teaching in political science and published several works about the history and politics of Venezuela.
Arturo Sosa is the 31st Superior General of the Jesuits, and the first from outside Europe.