Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 122: Living together with Muslims
In this edition of Promotio Iustitae, a number of Jesuits who live together with Muslim communities in various parts of the world describe their experience of sharing life with people of Islamic faith, in very distinct circumstances. They speak about the challenges and opportunities presented by dialogue with these communities in everyday life. They describe what they have learned and how they have been rewarded by these encounters. Moreover, they reflect on what Muslims and Christians can offer each other in this complicated world that we live in. We hope that these pages can help us to better position ourselves faced with the challenge of living together, Christians and Muslims. Download PDF
India - Lok Manch, National Platform for food security, launched in New Delhi
120 activists representing around 100 organizations from 12 States have come together on April 6 at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, for the launch of Lok Manch, which is a national platform for ensuring food security. The launch of Lok Manch was part of a three-day workshop wherein the participants deliberated on the various entitlements enshrined in the National Food Security Act 2013. The participants also explored effective strategies to capacitate the grassroots communities enabling them to know, and understand the various provisions of the Act and to use them well as rightful citizens. High on the agenda of these activists is a program of leadership formation at the grassroots so that the people would take charge of their lives to live with dignity. North America - Meeting of the social apostolate
Close to 100 Jesuits and lay partners working in the social apostolate coming from Canada, US, Central America, Mexico, Antilles and Guyana gathered together on April 5-8 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) to discuss about shared social concerns: migration and solidarity with migrants; conflicts caused by extractive activities; violence; growing economic inequality. At the end of the meeting, they came out with some proposals for further development of collaboration in these areas. Most of the Provincials from the involved Provinces also joined the group.
Asia Pacific - Dialogue with Buddhists on ecology and faith
Jesuits and Buddhist monks and nuns came together in early March to share and dialogue on ecology and religions in a workshop organised by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. The three-day workshop was held in India, in the city of Bodhgaya where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, and which is one of the holiest of Buddhist cities. Fourteen Jesuits participated from India, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and USA. Read more...
USA - Jesuit student government leaders take stand against racial injustice
Student government presidents at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States joined on March 28 to take a stand against racial injustice. They made a commitment to stand in solidarity with the students of color around the country whose lives are threatened, who feel unsafe or undervalued. They called on all institutions of higher education to take action in advocating for an end to racial inequality in its many manifestations. Fairfield University president Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. joined the campus demonstration. Read more...
Central America - UCA calls for justice in 1989 murders of Jesuits
More than 25 years after six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter were killed at the University of Central America, or UCA, in El Salvador, there is hope for justice: warrants have been issued for the arrest of former Salvadoran military officials tied to the 1989 murders. Last month, Salvadoran police arrested four military officers in response to extradition requests from Spanish National Court. Read more...
USA - Collaboration for Sustainability on Jesuit Campuses
Loyola University Chicago hosted its third annual Climate Change Conference, entitled "Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions" (March 17-19, 2016). The gathering focused on new economics, policies and activism taking place around the world to address climate change. The keynote address was presented by award-winning author and climate activist, Naomi Klein. A large part of the conference was dedicated to how Jesuit colleges and universities can make a difference concerning climate change and sustainability. Read more...
Africa - Social Centers meet on communication
Communicators from the social apostolate in Africa and Madagascar gathered in Nairobi from the 14th to the 18th of February 2016 to attend a workshop on communications. The principal aim of the meeting was to strengthen the operational capacity of the Jesuit Social Centers in Africa, so that they can be an effective driving force of social change. In second place, the meeting was meant to prepare the centers for GC36. At the end of the workshop, they decided that synergies amongst the various centers should be used to obtain maximum effect. To know more....
Africa - Characteristics of Jesuit Social Apostolate
The members of the network of Jesuit Social Apostolate gathered in Nairobi from the 27th February- 02nd March 2016 to attend a training of trainers on the Characteristics of Jesuit Social Apostolate. The meeting took place at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR). Read More...
Honduras - Berta Cáceres assassinated in her home
A human rights defender, Berta Cáceres, was assassinated in her home on the 2nd March. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras and a dear friend of Radio Progreso in Honduras, a Jesuit organization. She was involved in a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world's largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam. She was the leader of the Council of indigenous peoples in Honduras (COPINH). She had recently received the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her commitment (see video). Her murder has appeared in international mass media. Radio Progreso published
Europe - Advocating for conflict-free minerals
The devastating impacts of the trade in minerals linked to conflict and human rights abuses are well documented. The European Union has failed to offer an effective response to the problem. Its position is significantly undermining the leading international framework previously endorsed by the EU: the OECD's Due Diligence Guidance. There is a civil society campaign - endorsed by several Jesuit Social Centers - to support a European regulation that aligns with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. Click here to become involved.
North America - Human Rights Dialogue with Aura Minerals
Midwest Jesuits and Jesuits of English Canada held their third shareholder dialogue with Aura Minerals on January 15, 2016 in Toronto. The Jesuit team, which also includes the Mercy Sisters and two university faculty, are making the case for the establishment of a corporate Human Rights policy. In consultation with Jesuits in Honduras, they are addressing human rights concerns with Aura's industrial gold mine in western Honduras, which is the largest operational industrial mine in the country. Click here to know more about the initiative "Investments that do justice" in the Canada and US Conference.
India - Jesuits invited to partner with Rajasthan government
Rajasthan Chief minister Vasundhara Raje invited the Jesuit priests, who run St. Xavier's School in state capital Jaipur to partner the government in skill development initiatives undertaken by the Rajasthan State Livelihood Development Corporation (RSLDC).
The BJP chief minister said she was pleased to see that the Jesuit priests had a vocational training school and that it was making a difference to the lives of students from all sections of society, reported the Times of India. Read more...
Portugal - BGreen, ecological film festival
BGreen is a festival of short videos created by high school students, aimed to promote the interest on environmental issues. The topic proposed this year is renewable energies, entitled as "Powered by Nature". This is the sixth edition of the festival, which has already become international. Videos can be sent until April 17th. Click here to participate.
Spain - Rejecting the EU-Turkey agreement about refugees
Catholic social organizations working with migrants and refugees in Spain have rejected the agreement that Turkey and the EU came to on Monday 7th, which allows sending back to Turkey refugees arriving to Europe. They denounce an agreement that would violate human rights of refugees and present international law. To know more...
Global - International Jesuit prison ministry
The Jesuit international network on prison ministry has recently launched a newsletter gathering articles on activities held by this apostolate in different parts in the world. In this occasion there are articles coming from Ireland about needs of young adults in prisons; from the US about decisions on juvenile justice; from Australia about education opportunities that imprisoned people may have and shorter news from several other countries. You are also invited to participate and send your experiences and learnings. Read the newsletter.
Fr Fernando Cardenal passed away
Fr Fernando Cardenal sj died in Managua on February 20th at the age of 82. He had a life of advocacy and active commitment to the poor. He became engaged in the Nicaraguan revolution against the Somoza dictatorship. Fr. Cardenal led the Nicaraguan literacy campaign and served as the country's Minister of Education. As a consequence, he had to leave the Society in 1984 only to be readmitted in 1997. At present he was the national director of Fe y Alegría in Nicaragua. To know more...
Global - "GNMR Network" becoming "Justice in Mining Network"
Following the meeting in Loyola last November, the Core Group of the Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network, decided to change the network's name to the Justice in Mining Network, in order to make it clearer what the network stands for. Click here to visit the updated facebook page.
Global - Special Jesuit report: Justice in the global economy
Since the beginning of his Pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly called both the Church and the larger society to turn their attention to issues of justice in today's global economy. This is the challenge taken up in this special report, to reflect on how current economics are affecting inclusion and sustainability and to explore ways in which economics can better respond to the needs of the poor and the environment. The Jesuit Secretariats for Social Justice and Ecology and for Higher Education assigned this task to a Task Force of experts that have produced the document. It has been published as PJ 121: download pdf...
Global - Healing Earth project
Healing Earth is a free online environmental textbook written by over 90 contributors around the world for the last 3 years and sponsored by Jesuits worldwide. It addresses the most pressing environmental issues of our time, including loss of biodiversity, natural resource exhaustion, transition to sustainable energy, the quality and availability of food and water, and global climate change. It addresses major environmental concerns through an educational resource, offering spiritual and ethical perspectives and proposing ways of action. Visit the textbook...