Roman Pope and Sophia University

September, 1540
His Holiness Pope Paul III approves the establishment of the society of Jesus. St. Ignatius of Loyola becomes the first Superior General.
October, 1903
Fr. Joseph Dahlmann, SJ who played an important role in the establishment of Sophia University, comes to Japan for an academic prospection.
July, 1905
Fr. Dahlmann, SJ reports to His Holiness Pope Pius X about his prospections in Japan.
August, 1906
His Holiness Pope Pius X asks to the society of Jesus to establish a catholic university in Japan.
April, 1913
Opening of Sophia University.
February 25, 1981
St. Pope John Paul II visits Sophia University.
March, 2013
Inauguration of ministry of His Holiness Pope Francis (the first Jesuit to become the Pope).
September 25, 2013
His Holiness Pope Francis receives in audience a delegation of Sophia University.
December 18, 2017
“Let’s Speak to Pope Francis”, Sophia students had a conversation with His Holiness Pope via video streaming.
November 26, 2019
His Holiness Pope Francis visits Sophia University.