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Global - Ecology Network advocates for fighting climate change at COP23
(Nov-28-2017)

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 Si' - 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 Si Fair" at which representatives from various Jesuit institutions, Conferences and ecology-related initiatives showcased their activities. Other events duri

US - Canada - An Ecological Examen: Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity
(Nov-28-2017)

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 Si' 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 - an

Latin America - Atlas of Conflicts in the Amazon: Story of abuse, suffering and death
(Nov-28-2017)

The Pastoral Commission for Land (CPT) together with the REPAM-Brazil presented the Atlas of Conflicts in the Amazon on September 28 in Brasilia. The publication recounts the abuses, sufferings and murders of the Amazonian peoples in recent months, a reality that also affects the environment, our Common House. Many imagine Amazon as an ecological paradise, but in reality, it is a region "marked historically from the process of colonial occupation along with different forms of violence, practiced both against their native population and robbing of their natural resources, always in favour of the countries that dominated it", the CPT emphasizes in its introduction. Read more...

Africa - Fourteen African Jesuit institutions and collaborators join to promote reconciliation
(Nov-28-2017)

More than fourteen institutions of the Jesuit Africa social centres (JASCNET) and the Ignatian family convened at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Nairobi, from 10 - 14 September 2017, for a seminar to explore opportunities of collaboration and joint strategies. The seminar was officially opened by JASCNET director who introduced the objectives of the seminar: reflect on what the social apostolate is, develop good practices for the social apostolate, promote synergies, and recommend to social centers the best way to promote faith, justice and reconciliation in their ministry. Read more...

South Asia - Jesuit social activists explore ways to foster harmony
(Nov-28-2017)

Around 100+ Jesuit social activists of South Asia, representing 20 Provinces and Regions gathered for the 20th JESA Triennial Convention 2017 in Pune, from 12th to 15th October 2017, discussed and deliberated on the strategies to deal with the issues related to the theme "Collaboration and Networking for Harmony". With the help of inputs from Harsh Mander and Amitabh Behr - both social activists and Anand Patwardhan - a documentary film maker, the delegates examined the alarming situation of religious fundamentalism that disrupts peace in South Asia and the challenges the mission of reconciliation and justice pose. The delegates resolved to be pro-active and creative in engaging with all the marginalized communities and collaborate with all people of good will to work for A JUST SOCIETY.

Asia Pacific - Migrant workers come back to their "mother's home"
(Nov-28-2017)

"Returning to Rerum Novarum Center is like coming home," said Hanh. Hanh and many other migrant workers like her who had sought the comfort of the shelter consider Rerum Novarum Center, the Jesuit social work in Taipei, their "mother's home" in Taiwan. Women migrant workers who stay in the shelter are often victims of exploitation. They hope to be legally released from their previous employer, find a new (and better) employer and start working again. Read more...

Latin America - Human Rights and integral ecology network consolidate their action
(Nov-28-2017)

Eight delegates from 6 countries came together in Bogota from Oct. 24-27 to articulate not only the mechanisms of human rights violations taking place in various countries but also the violations against integral ecology. The members highlighted the issues of displacement of people from the natural habitat and destruction of ecology due to mining. Pedro Landa from Honduras said, "The human rights defenders in Latin America are at high risk. Unfortunately, Honduras is categorised as the most dangerous country for the defense of the environment. In the last 10 years 123 defenders of the environment have been killed." During 2016, according to Global Witness, 200 environmental defenders were killed, of which 60% of them were in Latin American countries. Global - Catholic institutions announce largest-ever joint divestment from fossil fuels
(Nov-28-2017)

A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions, including the home of St. Francis of Assisi and Catholic bank, has on 3rd October, announced its divestment from fossil fuels. The institutions are located on five continents, and represent fields ranging from a holy site to finance to church hierarchical entities. Catholic institutions' decision to remove their support for fossil fuels is based on both their shared value of environmental protection and the financial wisdom of preparing for a carbon-neutral economy. Read more...

Global - The Global Red Chair project: Collaboration for global citizenship
(Nov-28-2017)

If you have visited or work at a Jesuit school, you may have seen in the halls or classrooms a painted red chair and asked yourself, "what does this mean?" This red chair, or "silla roja", is part of an initiative that was launched over 5 years ago in Spain and has since become a global symbol for the right to education for schools that are connected to the Society of Jesus. The "La Silla Roja" campaign was started in 2012 by Entreculturas - Fe y Alegría Spain, an organization of the Society of Jesus, to defend the right to quality, inclusive education for the millions of children and youth around the world who are still unable to attend school. Read more...

Global - Pope Francis announces November 19 as the World Day of the Poor
(Nov-28-2017)

Pope Francis has named Nov. 19 the 1st World Day of the Poor. He says, "The poor are not a problem: they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practise in our lives the essence of the Gospel." This pastoral aid includes a homily help, Prayer of the Faithful, a sample bulletin announcement, parish activity ideas, and more. This new resource supplements efforts of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to support the work of over 200 anti-poverty organizations around the country. Read more...

USA - Kino Border Initiative earns WOLA Human Rights award
(Nov-28-2017)

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is one of two recipients of the 2017 Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) Human Rights Award, along with the Ford Foundation, presented on October 24 in Washington, D.C. The award was accepted by Father Sean Carroll, SJ, Kino Border Initiative's executive director. KBI is a migrant shelter and assistance program that conducts work on the US -Mexico border, providing humanitarian aid to migrants and advocating for more humane policies. Read more...

Global - First International Congress convenes Jesuit educators
(Nov-28-2017)

117 Jesuit education leaders from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 15 to 20 for the first International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates, examining the goals to be achieved as a global network of Jesuit secondary schools. Fr. General Arturo Sosa, SJ addressed the conference on "Jesuit Education: Forming Human Beings in Harmony with their Fellows, with Creation and with God." In his address, he highlighted 6 major challenges to help understand the reach needed for the service of reconciliation and the justice born of the good news proclaimed by Jesus. Read more... Download Father General's address

USA - "Dignity Has No Borders": Jesuit Migration Network meeting looks at migration on a regional le
(Nov-28-2017)

The 16th annual migration meeting, held in Mexico City from Oct. 9 - 11, gathered almost 100 Jesuit network partners from 12 countries who work on migration issues. With the theme "Dignity has no borders," the group met to analyse and reflect on common migration issues and attempt to answer the question: How do we accompany and promote the human rights of migrants in the current context? The meeting is important, says Kristen Lionetti, because migration is not just a national issue, but a regional and global issue. "It's an opportunity for institutions in the network that have common missions, concerns and goals to come together from different points of view for collective analysis and reflection." Read more...

Europe - Social Apostolate Delegates meet to discern on GC36, ecology, spirituality and collaboratio
(Oct-25-2017)

The two-day annual meeting of European social apostolate delegates in Bilbao from Sep. 22-23, focused on sharing on GC 36, ecology, spirituality, and collaboration. The meeting started with short, realistic and encouraging reports from nine province delegates, joined by the incoming Europe and Near East delegate Peter Rožic, the SJES secretary Xavier Jeyaraj, and a few close collaborators from the Spanish social apostolate sectors. The members discussed on the 36th General Congregation through the lens of social apostolate, trying to see God at both transformative work and the governance elements of discernment, networking and collaboration. Read more...

Global - Building partnerships in water and faith to achieve the SDGs
(Oct-25-2017)

There is growing interest in the role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in moving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forward, catalyzing collaboration, building cultural bridges, and activating their extensive institutional networks. During the 2017 Stockholm World Water Week, three different events dealing with the faith-water nexus were held for the first time in its 27 years of history. This conversation was stimulated by the success of the 2016 meeting with religious leaders where the Global Water Partnership, the Stockholm International Water Institute, and the Church of Sweden convened a panel on "Water and Faiths: Faith Based Organizations contributing to the SDGs". The first event was on "Protection of the Sacred: Wastewater management and indigenous realities". Asia Pacific - No more dancing houses
(Oct-25-2017)

"A dancing house." This is how many survivors of Typhoon Haiyan describe the substandard relocation houses that have been built. "If you shake them, they will move," said one survivor. Four years after the disaster, building infrastructure that is able to withstand extreme weather conditions better remains a challenge in the Philippines. "Many housing efforts are in retrofitting and are done without consideration of proper land-use planning. Houses are built quickly because people want to see the houses immediately. Later, problems arise because site planning had not been done well," stated Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) Executive Director Sylvia Miclat. ESSC is responding to the challenge through a two-year housing development project, with the support of Xavier Network and Philippine Jesuit Province. ESSC, alo

Latin America - Fund what is fair: Right to education campaign for Latin America and the Caribbean
(Oct-25-2017)

The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education has launched this week a campaign for the correct financing of Sustainable Development Goal 4 on the occasion of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. Fe y Alegría, a movement present in 22 countries of popular education and social promotion, 17 of them in Latin America and the Caribbean, joins this mobilization to underscore the importance of tax justice for guaranteeing the human right to education. FyA expresses its commitment to free, inclusive public education as a fundamental human right and demands that States fulfil their responsibility as guarantors of the right to quality education for all. The statement of support for this campaign summarizes the four main demands of the campaign, including full free public education and a minimum of 6% of GDP in education and

Rome - Students of Massimo Institute make a video on climate change
(Oct-25-2017)

Five students from "Massimo Institute" in Rome made a video last summer, on climate change and, in the meantime, learned the dynamics of the world of work at the head office of Magis, an NGO of the Jesuit Italian Province where the Jesuit school students have chosen to spend the summer period. "It was a great experience," says Cristina Orfano, who followed the initiative on behalf of Magis. "An NGO is an organization that combines strong ideals with a structure not dissimilar to that of a company. Young people can therefore meet a double dimension that gives them the opportunity to know the issues of development cooperation but, at the same time, helps them to think in terms of efficiency and effectiveness that are essential values also in the field of solidarity."

Rome - International Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital world
(Oct-25-2017)

A hundred and forty participants from all continents gathered in Rome from 3 to 6 October for the first world congress, hosted by Gregorian University-Rome, focused on addressing the dangers children and adolescents face on the internet. Receiving participants of the event in the Vatican, Pope Francis was handed The Declaration of Rome by a young girl "on behalf of millions of young people around the world who need information and far more protection from the risks of sexual and other forms of abuse on the internet". "Using your own words, she said to the Pope, we believe that 'A society can be judged by the way it treats its children'." Africa - The Ignatian Family in Africa trained in promotion of faith, justice and reconciliation
(Oct-25-2017)

The Jesuit Africa social centres (JASCNET) and Ignatian family convened in Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Nairobi, for a 5-day seminar (Sep. 10-14) for a training of trainers on the "Characteristics of Jesuit Social Apostolate in Africa". The newly published training manual served as the basis for better understanding of the topics such as, faith that does justice, spirituality of social apostolate, the Magis, the preferential option for the poor, collaboration in social apostolate, strategic plan and method of action in social apostolate. Read the press release...