Digital News Service SJ

Vol. XXI, No. 18, December 5, 2017



Remembering Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ

Father General Arturo Sosa has named the library of the Society at the General Curia in Rome, the "Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Library". This becomes the first Jesuit institution named after the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Father Kolvenbach (1928-2016) was an avid user of the library throughout his stay at the General Curia. The new library was inaugurated on 24 November 2017 after a Mass of remembrance presided over by Father General Sosa.

The General Curia has also created a website dedicated to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach. The website presents the life of Fr Kolvenbach, testimonials about him, and images from different moments of his generalate. Additionally, the website also presents selected writings of Fr Kolvenbach on the themes of religious life, Ignatian spirituality, and Ignatian Pedagogy. The website can accessed at the address



Pope Francis has appointed


- Fr. Daniele Libanori (EUM) auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rome. Father Libanori was born in 1953, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Ferrara in 1977. He later entered the Society of Jesus in 1991. From 2003 to 2016, he was Rector of the Church of the Gesù in Rome. He is currently the Rector of the Church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami al Foro Romano.


Father General has appointed


- Fr. John Wilfred Lobo (DAR) provincial of Darjeeling province. Fr. Lobo was born in 1961, entered the Society in 1981, and was ordained in 1994. He has served as Socius to the Provincial since 2013. He will take over from Fr. Kinley Tshering on 29 December 2017.



BRAZIL: Justice comes 30 years later for slain Jesuit

The Federal Regional Court of Cuiabá (Brazil) has convicted one of the men accused of being responsible for the death of a Spanish Jesuit missionary, Br. Vincente Cañas. The defendant, Ronaldo Antoniô Osmar, is the only defendant alive or of legal age to be tried for the 1987 death of the Spanish Jesuit. For most his missionary work in Brazil, Br. Cañas dedicated his life to the service of the indigenous peoples in the Mato Grosso region. Read more (in Spanish)...


CANADA-USA: An Ecological Examen: Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity

The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the US developed a new ecological examen 'Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity' with the Ignatian Solidarity Network as a reflection tool to help individuals and institutions to engage more deeply in caring for creation and promoting ecological justice. The examen heeds Pope Francis' call in Laudato Sì to care for creation and to reconcile our relationship with God, creation, and one another as expressed in the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. It asks us to reflect on our personal relationship with creation, to acknowledge and amend our ways, and to promote ecological justice by standing in solidarity with those most affected by environmental harm. The booklet presents five sections of the examen - gratitude, awareness, understanding, conversion, and reconciliation - and the final prayer which is available on the website. Read more...


GERMANY: Global - Ecology Network advocates for fighting climate change at COP23

Between 6 to 17 November, over 25 Jesuits and partners held events during the UN COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany. Taking place whilst the UN talks are going on, the Ecojesuit network hosted a conference entitled "Laudato Sì - Environment is Relationship" in the Aloisiuskolleg, a well-known Jesuit school in Bonn. Open to all COP23 delegates, NGO staff and members of the public, the event gathered speakers from around the world, including Micronesia, Latin America, Central Africa, India and the Philippines. The speakers reflected and exchanged ideas on the challenges in caring for our Common Home. On the same day, Ecojesuit network also hosted a "Laudato Sì Fair" at which representatives from various Jesuit institutions, Conferences and ecology-related initiatives showcased their activities. Other events during COP23 include a meeting of the ecology cluster of the Jesuits in Europe "Higher Education for Social Transformation" (HEST) group. Read more...

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