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    Vol. XXII, No. 7 April 26, 2018



    NICARAGUA: Jesuits denounce violence, defend the right to peaceful protest

    The Jesuits of Central America, the Conference of Provincials of Latin America, and the Jesuits of Canada and the United States have released statements calling for peace in Nicaragua after several days of protests to proposed social security legislation in the country. The Conference of Provincials of Latin America (CPAL) said in its statement: "We profoundly lament the acts of violence against people who gathered in a peaceful manner to oppose the social security reform. We condemn as anti-democratic all the violent repression on the part of state agencies and individuals and groups organized by the government." The protests have led to the death of more than a dozen people, including a 15-year-old student of a Jesuit High School in Managua, Nicaragua. Read more...


    UNITED STATES: Jesuit brother sees faith, science connected

    One who loves God and one who loves the scientific universe have much in common, scientist and Jesuit brother Br. Guy Consolmagno told a Detroit Mercy audience recently. In fact, he said, "They are one in the same." Br Consolmagno visited Detroit Mercy March 29 to speak with students and faculty about "Where Faith and Science Meet." According to Br Consolmagno, "Most students going to college in engineering or science enter those fields looking for the truth," he said. "They're frustrated because religion is very full of fallible people, so they've given up on religion but they're still looking for God." Read more...



    Father General has appointed:


    - Fr Jose Cecilio Magadia (PHI) as the next Regional Assistant for Asia Pacific. Fr Magadia was born in 1960, entered the Society in 1980, and was ordained in 1991. He is currently General Councilor, with the particular mission of caring for the formation of Jesuits and the promotion of vocations. He will succeed Fr Daniel Patrick Huang.


    - Fr Melvil Victor Pereira (KHM) as the next Regional Superior of Kohima Region. Fr Pereira was born in 1969, entered the Society in 1986, and was ordained in 2002. He is currently the Superior of Jagriti Jesuit Community at Guwahati and the Director of North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati. He will succeed Fr Susaimanickam Arul.