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Ecuador - Jesuits take action following devastating earthquake
(May-18-2016)

The dust had not settled before the Jesuits in Ecuador began responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that violently shook the northwest coast of the country on April 16. The quake left nearly 700 people dead, roughly 16,600 injured, many missing and an estimated 20,000 people losing their homes. President Rafael Correa called the disaster the "greatest tragedy in the last 67 years" and declared a state of emergency for the entire country. Read more... The Ecuadorian provincial, Fr. Gilberto Freire has sent a letter asking for help, describing the present situation and the emergency and reconstruction response Jesuits are giving. Africa - Jesuits Africa Social Centers Network meeting in Nairobi
(May-18-2016)

Jesuits involved in social sciences met from 1st - 4th April 2016 at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, to discuss matters pertaining to leadership and governance deficit in Africa. The aim of the meeting was to find ways to respond with courage and efficiency to leadership and governance deficits, and to increase the capacity of various actors of the Church and of the African society at large in promoting socio-political awareness. Click here to read the press release.

Paris - Meeting of the European Social Apostolate
(May-18-2016)

This year's meeting of the social apostolate delegates in Europe took place in Paris. Delegates shared the situation of their apostolate in each one of the provinces. They could also speak about national populist movements promoting rejection of migrants and refugees, a dangerous trend present today in several European countries. They also visited CERAS, French social center. French Jesuits informed them about their work and present activities. Read more...

Global - Edujesuit, Network for the Right to Education, celebrates its first anniversary
(May-18-2016)

Last April, the online communication tool of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) of the Right to Education celebrated its first anniversary. Since its first steps, GIAN detected the need to raise awareness and make the reality of those who are currently neglected of their right to education known. This goal promoted the birth of Edujesuit. Learn more...

Canada - Relations magazine receives the Lyse-Daniels Awards
(May-18-2016)

The group Impératif français has awarded the Lyse-Daniels prize to the Jesuit magazine Relations, based in Montreal, which celebrates this year its 75th anniversary. This award sheds light on the contribution of the magazine and its constancy over decades. The jury also mentioned the outstanding contribution of Relations "to research regarding social, political and cultural issues that preoccupy society. Through the quality and the intellectual rigor of its articles, it fosters the cause of social justice".  Read more...

Global - Caring for the environment at school
(May-18-2016)

Educate Magis has released a video that showcases some of the work being done by Jesuit schools around the world in response to Pope Francis' call for young people to care for creation not only as responsible citizens, but also as followers of Christ. Read more and see the video...

US - Daniel Berrigan, SJ, peace activist and writer, died at age 94
(May-18-2016)

Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, a peace activist and writer, died on April 30 in New York City at the age of 94. An acclaimed poet who for decades famously challenged US Catholics to reject war and nuclear weapons, he wrote more than 50 books on Scripture, spirituality and resistance to war. Read more...

Latin America - Defending the rights of migrants in transit
(May-18-2016)

Migrants in transit through Central America and Mexico to the US are experiencing increasing violations of human rights. Several Jesuit institutions together with organizations of the civil society launched a mission to know better the context of each transit country, their protection guarantees, and how countries respond to missing migrants and to the violence they suffer. You may find here more information and an executive summary of their final report.

Asia Pacific - A call to share transformed lifestyles for action
(May-18-2016)

Jesuits and work colleagues in the Asia Pacific are organizing a three-day environmental reflection workshop, from 6 to 10 June 2016, in the Philippines to discuss and share how transformed lifestyles are moving a more meaningful and effective response to environmental and social concerns in the ministries in the region. The workshop is developed from an acknowledgement that Laudato si' has reframed the way Catholic communities view the one ecological and social crisis. Learn more...

Asia Pacific - Registration opens for the JCAP conference on sustainability
(May-18-2016)

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific is inviting Jesuits, collaborators and friends to participate in a conference on sustainability. Entitled A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life in the ASEAN Context, the meeting will be held in Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta from August 8 to 10, 2016. Learn more...

Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 122: Living together with Muslims
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Apr-19-2016)

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  
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Apr-19-2016)

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
(Mar-17-2016)

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
(Mar-17-2016)

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
(Mar-17-2016)

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