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Europe - Annual Meeting of Social Delegates in Nador
(May-18-2015)

The European Jesuit Social Delegates met in Nador (Morocco, close to the Spanish border) from 14 to 16 April to discuss over the dramatic situation of the people who have died in the Mediterranean Sea, in the attempt to reach Europe. The delegates and their partners involved in social justice chose Nador as the location for this years' meeting, with the intent to express their solidarity in the regards of the local Jesuit team working in Nador, who accompanies and serves the migrants in their suffering and offers them all their care and support. To learn more...

Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 118
(May-18-2015)

For decades, the Society of Jesus has been accompanying communities around the world that have been adversely affected by mining activity. In this issue, we include ten articles from the different Conferences. The articles describe some of the situations that result from mining activity, including the conflicts and suffering experienced by the local populations and the damage done to the environment. Click here to download PJ 118

Rome - Annual meeting of the Coordinators
(May-18-2015)

The annual meeting of Conference Social Apostolate coordinators was held at the Curia in Rome, from 28 April to 1 May. They worked on a document: Renewing our commitment to a faith that does justice, that will be published in the coming months. They hope it will help the Society of Jesus reimagining its service to the poor, 40 years after decree 4, GC 32.

USA - Support for undocumented students
(May-18-2015)

Jesuit Institutions as Fairfield University and Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine show support for undocumented students on National coming out day. They are two of over sixty institutions taking part in United We Dream's National Institutions Coming Out Day in support of undocumented students on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Read More...

USA - Kino Border Initiative Recognized with Legacy of the Martyrs Award
(May-18-2015)

The Kino Border Initiative, a Jesuit ministry on the U.S.-Mexico border, was honoured with the "Legacy of the Martyrs" Award from the Ignatian Solidarity Network on April 29, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to affirming the dignity of migrants through accompaniment, advocacy and education. Read more...

Australia - Vigil for eight executed men
(May-18-2015)

Each morning tor two months in St Ignatius' Church, Melbourne Jesuit Social Services held a morning vigil for eight men sentenced to die in Indonesia for drug smuggling. Immediately before the executions, the vigil of silent prayer and the lighting of candles ran through the night. Public concern and opposition to the death penalty were focused by the fact that two of the men killed were Australian. Read more...

South Asia - Nepal earthquake
(May-18-2015)

More than 7,000 people have died after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal on April 25, and rescue and relief efforts in the country are ongoing. The Jesuits in Nepal have embarked on relief efforts especially in some of the worst hit and less accessible areas. According to news reports, many communities are isolated by damaged infrastructure and communications, making it difficult to determine the extent of the destruction. The Jesuits have opened the grounds of their schools to people seeking shelter as they assess the situation further and determine how best they can help the survivors. To learn more...

Rome - Vatican symposium "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity"
(May-18-2015)

The symposium entitled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development" took place on April 28th and was organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, SDSN and Religions for Peace. The goal of this summit was to help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development. The final declaration states in no uncertain terms that "human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a

Global - Care4Creation Month
(May-18-2015)

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has gathered Care4CreationMonth resources to support Pope Francis' April prayer intention that people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God. As part of this campaign, people of faith are invited to sign a petition that calls for a just and binding international climate change treaty to keep global warming below 1.5°C relative to pre-industrial levels.

South Africa - Screening of documentary Miners shot down
(May-18-2015)

On, 11 March, the Jesuit Institute of South Africa hosted a screening of the multi-award winning documentary Miners Shot Down, with the intent to facilitate public dialogue on the important challenges of the Social Apostolate in South Africa. The documentary follows the events leading up to the Marikana massacre on 16 August, 2012. Read more...

Global - Launch of edujesuit.org
(Apr-16-2015)

The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN) on the Right to Education has launched on 13 April the website edujesuit.org also on Facebook and Twittter as a workspace where Jesuits along with collaborators engaged in the defense and promotion of the Right to Education share their experiences and work together to encourage awareness-raising actions, advocacy relations, dialogue with decision makers, etc...in the education field regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. You can also see a video presenting this initiative.

India - Climate Change and Water disasters
(Apr-16-2015)

The St. Xavier's (Kolkata) Global Earth Summit IV, having the subject "Global Climate Change and Water Disasters" took place on March 27-29, 2015 in Dhyan Ahram, Konchowki. The event, in correspondence with Pope Francis' call for a spirit of solidarity, was organized by the Department of Environmental Science, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, in cooperation with the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)on Ecology, for South Asia. Many Jesuit Fathers engaged in teaching and fighting the ill effects of Climate Change from around the world, attended the conference, together with teachers and students of the St. Xavier's College. Read more

Global - GNMR report on the impacts of mining
(Apr-16-2015)

The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Mining (GNMR) has distributed a report prepared by Esade University authors Clara Tora, Laura Tora and Josep F. Maria Serrano, in cooperation with Sister Sheila Kinsey, coordinator of the Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Office of the Wheaton Franciscans. The report analyses data gathered by Sr Sheila and examines the scope for an international network to support and strengthen the relationship between advocates at different levels (local, national, continental, global) and persons working on mining issues at the local level. To read the report...

USA - Climate Change & Jesuit Higher Education
(Apr-16-2015)

The second annual Climate Change Conference, organized by Loyola University in Chicago, took place on 19 March at Mundelein Center Auditorium. The conference focused on the implications of paying attention to earth and safeguarding creation ("tending earth") through an interdisciplinary reflection on the ethical principles, policies, and actions, needed to combat the crisis of global climate change. Read more...

India - Document "Weaving hopes after disasters"
(Apr-16-2015)

The Indian Social Institute in New Delhi has published an extensive document on the rehabilitation and emergency relief programs, carried out in response to the natural disasters that have occurred in India during the last twenty years. The publication "Weaving hopes after disasters" is a study from the perspective of the beneficiaries, a summary of reflections and suggestions of the persons affected by disasters, with the aim to provide valuable material for humanitarian and emergency intervention agencies. Download the document.

Asia Pacific - Increasing collaboration responding to natural disasters
(Apr-16-2015)

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific is developing a protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits in responding to disasters in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support. This is an ongoing process with other organisations and there is much learning from the experiences of Jesuits on the ground. The effort is also to find ways to collaborate across different phases in disaster risk reduction and management that demand a wider range of coordination beyond disaster. Read more...

Honduras - The Voice of the People
(Apr-16-2015)

La Voz Del Pueblo (Voice of the People) is an 18-minute documentary exploring violence and injustice in Honduras through the perspective of journalists at a Jesuit-run radio station, Radio Progreso. It was released last March. The release coincided with the thirty-fifth anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero's murder in neighboring El Salvador. The release is a collaborative effort of America Media, Ignatian Solidarity Network, and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Read more...

Lisbon - Social assembly in Portugal
(Apr-16-2015)

The Social Assembly of the Portuguese Jesuit Province works, took place on February 20th and 21st in Lisbon. The initiative gathered more than 70 collaborators and volunteers of the several social institutions and movements of the Province, such as the social area of the colleges and of the parishes, JRS, a community center for refugees, an association of prison visitors, holiday camps movements, the foundation for the missionary projects, etc.. This Social Assembly had a triple goal: to grow in sharing experiences and good practices; to improve the sense of community; and to deepen the know-how on Ignatian spirituality, that is the common ground for all our work. Read more...

Europe - Migrations in Europe
(Apr-16-2015)

On 25 February CeiMigra social centre presented in Valencia the 7th Annual Report on Migration and Integration: "Towards a Europe of inclusion and hospitality". It's a picture of the reality of immigration in Spain and Valencia. The report also provides an analysis on racism and xenophobia in Europe, and specifically on the new radical populism. It finally analyzes the current boom in citizen participation processes through three good practices worldwide: institutions of higher education in Mexico, the Take Part initiative in UK, or Time banks in many countries. Read more...

USA and Canada - Standing against irresponsible mining
(Apr-16-2015)

At a historic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, last 19 March, bishops representing the Latin American Episcopal Conference, CELAM, testified on the effects of exploitative practices of mining and extractive industries on communities and the environment in Latin America. The bishops urged that U.S. and Canadian mining companies be held accountable to laws and standards that protect local economies, the environment, indigenous communities and vulnerable groups even when operating outside of the country. To learn more...