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Vol. XIX, No. 07 23 April 2015
Pope Francis has appointed:
- Fr. Donatien Bafuidinsoni, S.J., as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Archdiocese of Kinshasa has 5,830,000 Catholics out of a total population of 10.5 million. It has 1,166 priests, and 3,643 religious. Fr. Bafuidinsoni is currently judicial vicar of the same archdiocese. He was born on 11 December 1962; entered the Society on 23 September 1981; and was ordained to the priesthood on 18 July, 1993.
FROM THE PROVINCES
BRITAIN: Faith Leaders Unite Against Bigotry
The Jesuits of Stamford Hill have joined other faith leaders in North London to denounce cultural and religious intolerance. Fr David Smolira SJ, the parish priest of St Ignatius Church was among the group of religious leaders from Stamford Hill's Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities who came together in a display of unity, ahead of a march planned by a far-right group that is objecting to what it calls the 'Jewification' of the area. "The expressions of solidarity were unambiguous and came from all our neighbours and friends of every background," Rabbi Abraham Pinter said. "The threatened march has only served to bring our communities even closer together."
EASTERN AFRICA: Garissa... Never again!
The Easter celebrations in Kenya were marred by the unfortunate incident of the Garissa University College terrorist attack in north-eastern Kenya. On Holy Thursday, a heavily armed group of al Shabaab militants stormed the campus at dawn and slaughtered 148 mostly Christian students and injured several dozens of others. In solidarity with the mourning families of the victims, Hekima College, The Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, held a memorial Mass on Wednesday 8th April to pray for the souls of the dead students. During the Mass, the celebrant, Fr. Elias Omondi SJ, called for peace and an end to violence by extremist groups. Hekima College also observed a minute of silence before every class on the 7th of April; in addition, all lecturers, students and staff are wearing red ribbons on our clothing for the rest of the Easter week as an external sign of union and solidarity with our fallen colleagues. May things of this sort never happen again! Amen.
MADAGASCAR: Program on Ignatian Spirituality for Lay Collaborators
On 28 March, 2015, the Madagascar Province opened, for the first time in its history, a program on Ignatian Spirituality for lay collaborators. The program is one of the fruits of the celebration of the 200 years of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. In inaugurating the programme, the Provincial, Pierre Andre Ranaivoarson pointed out that "The fundamental objective of this formation is clear: to energize our spiritual life and to improve our commitment to the common mission. Revitalization of the spiritual life and the missionary spirit." To underline the importance of this formation, he drew from the 34th and 35th General Congregations which underscore "Our collaboration with the laity" (GC34 d.13 and GC35 d.6).
POLAND: Unusual Youth Retreat
A boring homily and a cold church - this is how many students would describe Holy Lent's retreats, traditionally organized by many Polish high schools. Young Jesuits from Gdynia, Poland, proved a retreat might look differently. They have chosen an innovative way, full of involving activities like chemical experiments, valuable films or emotional testimonies. They even performed funny or even confusing scenes. The reception of youth gathered in one of the visited schools proves this way of preaching is much more effective than typical conferences.
POLAND: MAGIS 2016 is Coming by Leaps and Bounds
World Youth Day in Kraków is coming soon! It starts in less than 500 days! MAGIS 2016 is the Jesuit preparation program before WYD for young people from Jesuit ministries from all over the world. To get ready the international gathering, Polish Jesuits are collaborating with the Slovak, Czech and Lithuanian Provinces. The General coordinator of MAGIS 2016 is Fr. Waldemar P. Los (PME). The motto of the MAGIS 2016 program in Poland is a sentence of St. Ignatius' generosity prayer: "to give and not to count the cost." We want to invite young people (18-30 years old) from Jesuit parishes, schools, universities, and ministries into a "spiritual journey" with Jesus Christ and His Mother. More information will be communicated through the country coordinators in each Province and after April 1st on our website (www.magis2016.org). The information will be available in three languages: Polish, English and Spanish.
SPAIN: The New Pedagogical Model of Jesuïtes Educació
WORLD: Launch of edujesuit.org
The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) on the Right to Education has launched on 13 April the website edujesuit.org also on Facebook and Twitter as a workspace where Jesuits along with collaborators engaged in the defense and promotion of the Right to Education share their experiences and work together to encourage awareness-raising actions, advocacy relations, dialogue with decision makers, etc... in the education field regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You can also see a video presenting this initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcycdP0NPyg.
CORRECTION OF A MISTAKE:
On the 23 March issue of our bulletin (no. 5) we published the article Petar Barbaric - A Servant of God. The title should be Petar Barbaric - A Venerable. Sorry for the inconvenience.