The death of Fr. Alessi's' Arnbrogio Magni, Vicar General of the Jesuits, occurred on Sunday, and a new Vicar General has been appointed in the person of Fr. Norbert de Boyne, S.J., a Frenchman who was born in 1870, and who entered tare French Province of the Society in England. He studied at a House of the Order which at one time existed in Canterbury, and also in Jersey and at Lyons.
Ile has travelled extensively in the United States, in China and in Asia Minor, and after the last war was appointed Provincial in Paris, being elected General Assistant to the Order in France in 1923, and thus becoming one of the senior assistants or counsellors to the General.
The late Fr. Magni was selected as Vicar General by the late General, Fr. .Ledochowski, who died in December, 1942. This was according to the Jesuit Constitution. Normally elections for a new General take place shortly after the death of the last General. Owing to the war the elections have been indefinitely postponed, and the Vicar-General has died whiid holding the office. He has no power to nominate another VicarGeneral.
It is believed at Farm Street that special arrangements may have been made by the Pope to meet the difficulty. Fr. Magni, who was 71 years old, was a Provincial of the Milan Province and, later, Assistant for Italy. fk was little known in this country. He had been lll for some time.