New Jesuit Museum will include a section dedicated to Pope Francis

The ruins of the convent of the Society of Jesus in Casco Antiguo

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Jesus Sierra Victoria, the Administrator of the Panama Tourism Authority (ATP) recently met with Jose Maria Andres, Rector of Colegio Javier, and the writer, Manuel Cambra, to discuss the construction of the new Jesuit Museum to be located in the Old Town of Panama City. The new museum will feature a special section dedicated to Pope Francis.

“With the new Jesuit Museum, Panama will pay tribute to the cultural heritage of the Old Town by making known the legacy of the ‘Compañía de Jesús’ (the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits), whose structures housed the first university on the Isthmus,” said Sierra Victoria.

The ruins of the convent of the Society of Jesus in Casco Antiguo

The ruins of the convent of the Society of Jesus in Casco Antiguo.

On June 3, 1749, the first university on the Isthmus of Panama was established in the Old Town: the Royal and Pontifical University of San Javier. At the university, students could obtain Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in Philosophy and Technology.

Researcher and writer, Manuel Cambra, said that the Jesuit Museum will feature the history of the Kol Shearith Israel Synagogue, established in 1917 in area of the Compañía de Jesús compound.

The Jesuit Museum will also include a section dedicated to Pope Francis, who on March 11, 1958, entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in his native Argentina, according to Cambra.

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