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Vol. XXII, No. 3 February 20, 2018
Father General visits the South Asia Conference
Father General is visiting the Jesuit Conference of South Asia (16 February - 3 March). He will attend the meeting of South Asia provincials in Sri Lanka; visit the Jesuits and works of the Society in the Jesuit Province of Sri Lanka, and then later travel to India to visit the Jesuits and works of the Society in Karnataka Province. He is accompanied on the trip by Fr Victor Assouad, the Assistant for Western Europe, as well as the two Assistants for South Asia, Frs Lisbert D'Souza and Vernon D'Cunha.
FROM THE CURIA
The Society across the world is facing key choices
The office of the General Counsellor for Discernment and Apostolic Planning recently organized a workshop on Apostolic Discernment in Common at the General Curia in Rome (6 - 9 February). Twenty-eight Jesuits and collaborators from around the world participated. Opening the workshop, Father General noted that the Society is a multicultural apostolic body journeying in fulfilment of her mission in the Church. "We want to walk together, religious and lay people, to incarnate the Church-people-of-God (Vatican II). The Society across the world is facing key choices. There are many calls. And yet, we Jesuits and our mission partners cannot keep reaching out to an indefinite number of needs. We have to make choices. That is why discernment in common is urgently needed." Father General further urged the participants to "come up with key principles, tools and methodologies for discernment in common." He acknowledged that it is an enormous task, nevertheless, reminded the participants "if we have that common base, that common foundation, we can move forward."
Father General has appointed:
-Father Mark A. Ravizza (UWE) as General Counsellor. Father Ravizza was born in 1958, entered the Society in 1992, and was ordained in 1999. With the other counsellors, he will assist Father General in discerning and promoting universal matters of the Society. In addition, Father Ravizza will have special responsibility for aspects of Jesuit formation.
Why is the world silent about killings in DR Congo, a Jesuit asks
Fr Rigobert Kyungu, a Jesuit from the Democratic Republic of Congo, currently living and working in Rome, has raised the question that is on many of his compatriots' minds in the light of political violence in his country, "Why is the world silent about these killings? Is it ignorance or could it be complicity?" He was speaking in Rome on Sunday, 11 February, when Congolese nationals, marched in central Rome in an attempt to bring to the attention of the world the political situation in DR Congo. Fr Kyungu noted that in the last 20 years, more than 8 million people have died due to armed conflicts in Congo. The full statement is available here...
FROM THE PROVINCES
INDIA: Do more to help former untouchables, urges Jesuit
A Jesuit has urged Church in India to "move away from being content with doling out some schemes and programs" for Dalits - those at the bottom of Hinduism's caste system formerly known as "untouchables." Jesuit Father A. Maria Arul Raja, a professor of Religious Studies at the Jesuit Theology Centre in Chennai, called on the Church to work to develop "a deeper understanding of the causes and manifestations of deprivation, discrimination and exclusion of Dalit Christians within the Church, by the larger society and by the State." Read more...