How Mission fits into today's world?
The Society of Jesus was founded in the middle of the 16th Century in Europe by St Igantius Loyola.
St Ignatius and his nine companions were an international group of theologically and spiritually formed priests. After prayerful reflection they decided to obey one of them as superior and unanimously chose Ignatius. They then offered themselves to Pope Paul III, ready to accept to be sent by him wherever he chose. This was based on the strong belief that the Holy Father, as vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, had the best overview of the Church's needs throughout the world.
During the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (January – March 2008), Pope Benedict XVI entrusted the Jesuits with the mission to take the Gospel message to the "frontiers" of faith, culture and civil society. The Holy Father expressed his confidence and the confidence of the whole Church in the Society's ability to carry out this mission.
"In this global world marked by such profound changes we want to deepen our understanding of the call to serve faith, promote justice and dialogue with culture and other religions in the light of the apostolic mandate to establish right relationships with God, with one another, and with creation"