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Vol. XXII, No. 8, May 4, 2018



New statutes for the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer)

With the encouragement of Father Adolfo Nicolás, the process of recreating the Apostleship of Prayer proceeded for several years. On April 18, 2018, Bishop Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs to the Vatican Secretary of State, informed Father General Arturo Sosa that on March 27, 2018, the Holy Father established the Pope's World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) as a pontifical work, with its headquarters in the Vatican City State, and approved its new statutes. The various Provinces and Regions of the Society of Jesus will continue to support the "Pope's World Network of Prayer" so that the Gospel may grow in the lives of the men and women of our time. 



ARGENTINA: CPAL creates platform to promote youth participation in Youth Synod 2018

The Youth and Vocation Ministry Network of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America (CPAL) is developing a web-based platform that will provide an avenue for young people to actively follow the activities of the Synod on the Youth in Rome, in October 2018. The platform, available at, will be a listening post for young people of Latin America and the Caribbean during this time of preparation and a place for participation during the Synod itself. Read more (in Spanish)...


BELGIUM: Communication is in our DNA

Thirty-four Jesuits and collaborators from nineteen countries around Europe and further afield held their annual communication meeting in Brussels last week. The JesWeb group was started in 2005 by a group of Jesuits and co-workers responsible for maintaining province websites. The meeting was launched with a personal video message of encouragement from Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, who reminded delegates that "for Saint Ignatius communications was almost an obsession. It is in our DNA.... Our mission is to 'go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News'". Read more...


SPAIN: 700 young people at MAG+S Easter meetings

The pastoral Ministry of the Province of Spain held 10 Easter meetings for 700 young people. The meetings were in many places and formats, but with the same spirit: contemplate and share, to accompany and serve Jesus and others. For a young person who wants to follow Jesus in a demanding and hurried world, living Easter authentically is a unique and central occasion in his journey of faith. Easter has moments of prayer and personal accompaniment, time to share in groups and celebrations with the liturgy of the paschal triduum.




KENYA: Linking Africa and Europe in Nairobi

On the occasion of the plenary meeting of the JESAM (April 26-28) - the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar - in Nairobi, Fr. Franck Janin (President JCEP) - the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials - and Fr. Johan Verschueren (ELC) participated on April 24 at the "Commissio mixta", the six monthly joint meeting of representatives of both Jesuit Conferences. Previous meeting was last October in Ludwigshafen (GER). Actually the "commissio mixta" is composed by the presidents of the Conferences, accompanied by one member of the Conferences.

There was also a meeting with some members of the International Solidarity Commission, a new initiative since General Congregation 36.


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