Digital News Service SJ

Vol. XXI, No. 14, October 6, 2017



Father General meets Curia team

On 27 September 2017, the anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, Father General Arturo Sosa held a meeting all the Jesuits and lay collaborators working in the Curia. During the meeting, Father General received a copy of the Apostolic Plan of the Curia. The apostolic plan underlines the role of all the members of the General Curia (Jesuits and collaborators), which is to help Father General in his task of leading and inspiring the Society according to the orientations of recent General Congregations. In particular, the Curia Apostolic Plan emphasises that the members of the Curia have the responsibility of helping Father General in facilitating and deepening the conversation with major superiors around cura apostolica and cura personalis.



Vatican Communications Secretariat signs convention with Jesuits

The Society of Jesus signed a convention with the Secretariat for Communications of the Holy See on 21 September 2017. With this new convention, the Jesuits have pledged to make themselves available to collaboration with the Secretariat for Communications in reforming the Vatican media. The convention replaces the 1930s agreement that had given the Society of Jesus the responsibility of running Vatican Radio on behalf of the Holy See. The Prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò and the Delegate of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves signed the Convention. 



DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hurricane devastates the island

Hurricane Maria, like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, swept through the Caribbean, leaving devastation in its wake. In the Dominican Republic, the devastation is more pronounced in agricultural communities where rice and banana crops were swept away. There is a now danger of widespread food insecurity. The Society of Jesus is joining in the efforts of other organisations in scouting for relief resources. Read more (in Spanish)...


UNITED STATES: Help Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane Maria

The Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province in St. Louis is accepting financial contributions to help two Jesuit parish and school communities in Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricane Maria. "Our school and parish communities need help to recover," a post on the province website reported. "Colegio San Ignacio, our secondary school in San Juan, received significant damage. We anticipate our families will have significant needs." The Jesuits, faculty and staff are safe but communication from the island remained limited. Read more...

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