We at International Samaritan continue to be hopeful and inspired by the recent election of our new Jesuit Pope Francis.
Pope Francis spoke at his inaugural Mass about an important priority, if not “the” first priority, for every Christian who believes in the values upheld in the Gospels. He spoke about those we are called to “protect” and “serve” in our world. He pointed to “the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom St. Matthew lists in the final judgement on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.”
International Samaritan has chosen to serve, in no uncertain terms, the very persons our new Pope asks us to take seriously. Pope Francis, in his own life, put forth efforts to live in such a way that he lived the often-quoted Catholic priority for a preferential option for the poor.
International Samaritan is also happy to report that that the two young Jesuit novices featured in this issue of Samaritan World have worked with our mission in a variety of ways over the last six years. Please join me in welcoming Matthew Ippel and belatedly Dan Kennedy to the Jesuits.
And also join me in praying that these young Jesuits find inspiration in our new Pope and in their desire to serve the poorest people on earth.
In the Lord,
Father Don Vettese, S.J.