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Vol. XXI, No. 17 November 20, 2017
The Church was born to communicate the good news
Father General Arturo Sosa says, "The church was born to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ." In a video message to Jesuits and collaborators working in communications offices of the Latin American Jesuit provinces, Father Sosa noted that the Society of Jesus, as part of the Church, is called to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ who gave his life to break what divides us. In Christ, "the barrier of hatred that leads to injustice is broken. The barrier, which produces poverty, exploitation, discrimination, which leads us to wars, that's what Jesus breaks from the cross and becomes the bridge that unites us and that communicates to us the true humanity that is based on the love of God. That is what we want to communicate. That reconciliation of Jesus in us and among us." Click to watch video
New Jesuit provincials concelebrate mass with the Holy Father
Twelve new Jesuit provincials from around the world recently gathered at the General Curia for a colloquium for new provincials. On Monday, November 13, the provincials concelebrated the Eucharist with the Pope Francis at his residence of Santa Marta in the Vatican. In his homily on the day's gospel, the Pope reminded the congregation of the dangers of scandalizing others. "So, be careful not to scandalize. Scandal is evil, because scandal wounds - it wounds God's People where they are most vulnerable, and strikes the People of God where they are weakest - and many times, the wounds inflicted by scandal are borne by the faithful throughout their lives. Not only does it do harm: scandal is capable of murder - of killing hopes, killing dreams, killing families, killing so many hearts."
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AUSTRALIA: A call for action on Manus Island crisis
Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia and Jesuit Social Services have joined other Catholic organisations in expressing grave concern for the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island and calling for the Australian Government to resettle in Australia the refugees and asylum seekers detained on the island. The Australian Government officially closed its detention centre on Manus Island on 31 October 2017. Electricity, food, water and other essential services have since been cut-off. The detainees, all men who were brought to the island located in Papua New Guinea in 2013 to 2014, were supposed to relocate to alternative accommodation in Lorengau, a nearby city, but many of them have refused out of fear of being attacked by locals, choosing to remain in the camp despite being devoid of food and clean water. Read more...
CANADA: Francis Xavier relic arm set for Canadian tour
The relic arm of Saint Francis Xavier, which is kept at the Church of the Gesù in Rome, is set for a month-long, 14-city pilgrimage tour of Canada, beginning with Catholic Christian Outreach's (CCO) Rise Up conference in Ottawa December 28-January 1. A Canadian Jesuit, Fr. Michael F. Kolarcik, who is rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, will accompany the relic to Canada after Christmas and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa will accompany it back to Rome in February. Saint Francis Xavier is considered the greatest evangelist in the Church since Saint Paul. His body, considered incorrupt, is at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India, though his arm was brought to the Church of the Gesù, Jesuit's mother church in Rome. Read more...
UNITED STATES: Former Salvadoran military official to stand trial for death of Jesuits
A former top El Salvador military official, Colonel Inocente Orlando Montano, will likely be prosecuted in Spain for his role in the 1989 assassinations of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her teenage daughter. The U.N. - Security Council-sponsored Truth Commission report found soldiers had shot with high-powered rifles Father Ignacio Ellacurìa, 59, rector of the Central American University in San Salvador, four members of his faculty at the university and a fellow Jesuit priest outside the faculty member priests' residence on the morning of 16 November 1989. The soldiers then killed the only witnesses - the housekeeper and her 16-year-old daughter. Read more...