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Vol. XVII, n. 15 19 June 2013
From the Curia
CPAL (Conference of Provincials in Latin America) will be transferring its headquarters from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Lima (Peru) in the coming month of July. Please take into account the new address in Lima: CPAL - Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas de América Latina, Avenida Fulgencio Valdez 780 - Breña, Lima 5 - Peru.
Pope Francis has appointed:
- Fr. Lionginas Virbalas SJ, Bishop of Panevézys (Lituania). Father Lionginas, at present Rector of the Pontifical Institute Russicum in Rome, was born in 1961, entered the Society of Jesus in 1989 and was ordained a priest in 1991.
From the Provinces
BURUNDI: Universal Access to Treatment
The director of Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM), an AIDS project run by the Jesuits in Burundi, has urged UNAIDS and other partners to step up advocacy for universal access to treatment and for better management of the Global Fund. Fr Désiré Yamuremye SJ says that services should be more readily available to those who need them. He was addressing the head of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, on behalf of non-government representatives during a meeting in Bujumbura last May. Non-government organizations, including SYM, run 51 of the 132 centers which offer treatment and care to people with HIV in Burundi. They reach more than 15,000 people - more than half the total number of those who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the country. Fr Désiré thanked Sidibé for his visit and for his commitment to help Burundi. Burundi is one of 22 priority countries in a UNAIDS campaign to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. However, the SYM director said that while efforts of the international community to fight AIDS were "very valuable and highly appreciated", they remained inadequate, because they tended to take a short rather than a long-term approach. He also urged the Burundi government to mobilize more resources and to diversify funding sources for the national AIDS response. Currently, the Global Fund is used to combat AIDS, TB and Malaria. For more information: www.ajanweb.org
CAMBODIA: Supporting Forests and Communities
The Jesuits in Asia-Pacific (JCAP eNews, May 2013) reports: "In a piece of land measuring 5m x 11m, we began building late last year a simple structure of wooden posts and a nylon mesh roof for the purpose of growing seedlings of hardwood trees native to Cambodia. Located within Banteay Prieb, the Jesuit-run vocational school for people with disabilities, the tree nursery is a collaborative effort of the agriculture students of the centre and their teacher Mr Mam Sony. The main purpose of the nursery is to help mitigate the widespread deforestation in Cambodia, so that those who depend on these natural resources may continue doing so sustainably. Specifically, the nursery has four objectives. The first is to act as a laboratory to teach the agricultural students of Banteay Prieb how to grow native hardwood tree seedlings from seeds. This is a new part of the curriculum. The second objective is to try to give back to the forest what we take. Banteay Prieb has been producing wheelchairs and wooden sculptures for over 20 years now. These products have given hope and joy to so many people in Cambodia and in other countries. These hardwoods ultimately come from natural forests, which are shrinking. Thus, we try to grow and plant these same species ourselves and teach others to do so. The third objective is to help conserve Cambodia's threatened hardwood species. The fourth and final objective is to offer carbon offsetting for the air travel of those living in our communities. Every time we fly on an aeroplane, we are responsible for the carbon dioxide produced which contributes to global warming and climate change. At present, the nursery houses nearly 2,000 seedlings of seven species of Cambodian hardwood trees. By the time this year's planting season arrives, we expect to have 5,000 seedlings available for planting by different church and village communities". For more information: www.sjapc.net
CHILE: Meeting of the Jesuit Network for Migrants
At the start of June, the sixth meeting of the Jesuit Network for Migrants took place. The 20 participants came from offices in Quito, Lima, Tacna, el Alto, Arica, Antofagasta and Santiago. The meeting reflected on best practice, how to welcome and to accompany migrants who arrive in Chile. The meeting also considered how to encourage change in public policy so that Chile may be transformed into a more welcoming country. There has always been traditional migration between Peru, Bolivia and Chile. More evident now is the immigration of Colombian citizens who are often forced to leave their country because of extreme violence. One major concern at the meeting was the vulnerability of many Colombians who live in Tacna. They are victims of the arbitrary behaviour of many border control officials. Another theme of the meeting was the discrimination faced, in a number of Chilean cities, by citizens who belong to indigenous groups or who are descendants of African slaves. This is particularly relevant in the light of proposed new legislation. Africans comprise 10% of Chilean population. They are victims of prejudice which is encouraged by those social communication media and educational institutions which do not often reflect on the causes of migration.
EASTERN AFRICA: New Publications
The Jesuits of Eastern Africa are celebrating the publication of two books. Raymond Ngaiza SJ and Gustave Lobunda SJ wrote Jackson Otto Mosha SJ: A Life of Love, Hope and Faith, and Festo Mkenda SJ wrote Mission for Everyone: A Story of the Jesuits of Eastern Africa (1555-2012). Both books are published by Paulines Publications Africa. The first is a biography of a courageous young Jesuit from Tanzania. He died after a battle with colon cancer. Jackson had a strong conviction that the greatest miracle was love, a miracle in which everyone could participate. Even though his life was short, he was full of hope - a fruitful manifestation of his faith. The second book is a masterpiece: it narrates the history of the Jesuits of Eastern Africa. Its starting point is St Ignatius Loyola, when he attempted to establish the Province of Ethiopia nearly five centuries ago. For more information where to find the books, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and also: http://www.easternafricajesuits.org/
ITALY: "L'Approdo" in Milan
The Jesuit Galleria San Fedele in Milan is holding an art exhibition entitled L'approdo. The exhibition closes on 6 July, and about one hundred artists are represented. All are under 35 years old, and actively involved in the art world. They come from every Italian region, and some come from abroad. Fr Andrea Dall'Asta SJ, the director of the Gallery, explains the meaning of the exhibition: "We live in a world that is increasingly dissociated from secure political, social and religious reference points. It is challenging to propose to young artists that they deal with the theme of "being grounded". In their works, they are asked to reflect the meanings towards which they direct their gaze, to reflect on the deeper meaning of life, and to wonder how they would comunicate this vision and meaning. In "being grounded", they have to imagine the end of the process, and to understand the route which took them there. The 2012/2013 San Fedele award is the culmination of a three-year process whose theme has been "And then we went out to see the stars again..." It has encouraged artists to reflect on, and sit with the fundamental questions. "Being grounded" is both a goal in life, as well as a stop-over from which we set out anew. This is what the winner of the prize, Serena Zanardi, illustrated in her installation, Trentatré 1942-1975. The artist reflected on the theme of memory. She picked up the old, forgotten passport photographs of an unknown lady, and she embodied them as portraits in painted terracotta. In her hands, the photos became small statues which revealed the passing of time. And so, "being grounded" became the tool for removing her oblivion, for removing her being forever lost. The anonymous woman is born again, comes to life again, and enters our memory."
ROME: The Paraguayan Week
From 27 to 31 May, the Embassy of Paraguay to the Holy See organised a "Paraguayan Week". Its theme was: "Paradise in Paraguay: the Jesuit Missions. The City of God in the Earthly City. The Earth without Evil". The celebration was held at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. The Pontifical Commission for Latin America, together with the Rimini Meeting and the Spanish Royal Academy, organised the conference. It was held to mark the Year of Faith, the bicentennial of the proclamation of the Republic of Paraguay, the 25th anniversary of the canonization of St Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz SJ, and the visit of Blessed Pope John Paul II to Paraguay. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, opened proceedings. Dr Guzman Carriquiry, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, contributed a presentation. Included in the program was a conference on the Jesuit Mission in Paraguay: this was led by Fr Aldo Trento, a member of the Fraternity of San Carlo Borromeo, and an expert on the Paraguayan missions. He is the founder of the Foundation San Rafael in Asunción. Fr Fidel Gonzales, professor of Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, spoke about St Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz, the great Jesuit missionary among the Guaraní. He was canonized by John Paul II in 1988.
SPAIN: The Double "Adoption" of Pope Francis
Much has been written about the double adoption of Pope Francis: his profession as a Jesuit and his adoption of St Francis. In the church of St Isidore in Seville, there is a painting by Francisco Meneses Osorio (1640-1721), who was a pupil of Murillo. This painting recalls this double devotion. The painting represents the unusual iconography of St Ignatius Loyola and St Francis of Assisi interceding for the souls in purgatory. It was in this church that Fr Tirso González de Santaella SJ (1624 -1705) reconstituted the Brotherhood of the Virgin of Health, and added the name of St Ignatius to the patrons of the Brotherhood. There is a fine image of St Ignatius on the altar piece in the shrine of the parish. It is a church much linked to the origins of the Society in Seville. In May 1554, Alonso de Ávila was sent to Seville because his parents were worried about his joining the religious order which had just been founded. He was accompanied by Gonzalo González. They spent the first night in the town in front of the door of the Hospital of God's Love. But Alonso was recognized and called by his father. Together with his companion, he was given accommodation in his house, right in front of the bell tower of the St Isidore church. This church was one of the first from which the Jesuits carried out their ministries (Noticias Provincia Betica S.J.).
USA: A Jesuit at the Episcopal Conference
The new appointee of the Secretariate for the Doctrine of Faith and canonical affairs at the US Bishops Conference is Jesuit Fr Peter Ryan, of the Maryland Province. He will replace Capuchin Fr Thomas Weinandy on 19 August. Fr Ryan was spiritual director and professor of moral at the seminary of Saint Louis. A multilinguist, he studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Commenting on this choice Mgr Ronny Jenkins, secretary of the US Bishop Conference said: "Fr Ryan's considerable expertise on bioethical issues is vital as contemporary society addresses moral challenges inherent in biotechnology, medical ethics and environmentalism. He brings a depth of theological knowledge to these and other areas, including the study and teaching of systematic theology, that are critical to the Church today and to the strategic priorities adopted by the bishops."
VATICAN: The Pope Meets "La Civiltà Cattolica"
On 14 June, Pope Francis received in audience the group of contributors to La Civiltà Cattolica, together with the Jesuit community, and their closest collaborators. Since the magazine's founding, all its editors have been Jesuits. Throughout the 163 year history of the magazine, such a meeting has traditionally been held at the start of each pontificate. Its purpose is to again reiterate the magazine's service to the cultural apostolate, and to receive from the new Pope any guidelines which should inform its future work. Pope Francis privately met Father General, Adolfo Nicolás, and the magazine's editor, Fr Antonio Spadaro, before the audience. In his reflection, the Pope dwelt on three words which would guide the future of the magazine, which he described as "unique, one of its kind". The first word is "dialogue". "Your fidelity to the Church still needs to be uncompromising against the hypocrisies which result from the closed, the sick heart. Be uncompromising against this spiritual illness. But your main task is not to build walls, but to build bridges which establish dialogue with all peoples, even those who do not share the Christian faith." The second word is "discernment". "God is at work in the life of every person and every culture: the Spirit blows where He wills. Try to find out what God has done, and how He will continue his work. Study, sensitivity, and experience are needed to seek God in all things, in every field of knowledge, art, science, and political, social and economic life. But it is also important to keep the mind and the heart open, and to avoid the spiritual illness of referring everything according to oneself." The third word is "frontiers". "Your right place is at the frontiers. This is where Jesuits belong . . . please," urged the Pope, "be men at the frontiers, with a trust and ability that comes from God. Do not fall into the temptation to domesticate frontiers. When you have to go to the frontiers, do not carry them back to your home, to gloss over them a bit, to tame them." The Pope also noted that, from this year, La Civiltà Cattolica is available in digital format, and is readily available to its readers through social networks. "These, too, are frontiers where you are called to be active . . . go down that way," he said. The Pope concluded: "Come on, dear brothers, I am sure I can count on you!"
The 2014 Yearbook of the Society of Jesus is currently being compiled. It will be devoted largely to the second centenary of the Restoration of the Society. About twenty articles, written by experts from all over the world, examine the various reasons why the Society was suppressed in 1773, how the Jesuits lived during the period of suppression, the factors which led to the restoration of the Society by Pius VII in 1814, and the difficulties, which the men who led the first decades of the "new" Society, experienced. As usual, the Yearbook is published in five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. Reservations for copies must be sent by June 30 through the Socii of the individual Provinces. Non-Jesuits may request copies via our email address: email@example.com They should indicate their desired language, the number of copies they want, and their postal address. The Yearbook will be sent out towards the end of October 2013.
New in SJWEB
Two new series of slideshows about the visit of Father General to the Castille and Austria Provinces. Click on: http://www.sjweb.info/ss/index.cfm
The next edition of the Report will be issued on 20 July.