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DR Congo - Support a Church of the Poor Fighting for the Poor
(Feb-21-2018)

The Church in DR Congo is undergoing hardships and attacks as the political and socio-economic situation worsens. President Kabila, who has been in power since 2001 is unwilling to go even after the expiration of his term in 2016. In the context of violent repression by the government including attacks and killing of demonstrators and priests, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo and Jesuit Bishop Donat Bafuidinsoni issued statements condemning the action. On the eve of the January 21 demonstrations, the ACE Provincial, Fr. José Minaku, published a letter reminding that we, Jesuits, have to be on the side of the poor, as Christ our Model, who did choose the "party of the anawim," the poor of YHWH. Global - GIAN Migration Network Meets to Plan for Future
(Feb-21-2018)

The core team members of GIAN Migration network from 6 Jesuit Conferences along with the advocacy director of JRS met in Johannesburg-South Africa to report, review and renew their commitment to work for the cause of migrants. The members, taking the invitation of GC 36 (D1, n. 26), reflected on possible ways of collaborating on migration issues along with JRS and other apostolic works. The members also looked at the importance of organizational structure required for GIAN network to function effectively and committed to work together on 'promoting a culture of hospitality' besides working on strengthening migration network at the local and conference levels.

Ireland - Responding to Injustice: An Ignatian Approach
(Feb-21-2018)

Responding to Injustice: An Ignatian Approach, a book published by Education for Justice - Jesuit Schools Ireland, provides students with the opportunity to understand the real meaning of Justice. Grounded in Christian Values and an Ignatian Charism, this module sets out to foster 'a spiritual vision of the world in the face of materialism, a simplicity in the face of consumerism, and a concern for others in the face of egoism and injustice'. The module consists of twelve sequential lessons leading to a concrete response. The lessons comprise an array of teacher-led, student-led, individual and group activities. The use of visual images, audio-visual clips, questions, worksheets, r

Guyana - Jesuits meet on Caribbean Social Problems
(Feb-21-2018)

Fifty Jesuits from around the Caribbean and South America gathered between January 15 and18 for a 'Caribbean Common Social Problems' seminar aimed to deepen knowledge of Guyana and its place in the Caribbean Jesuit Mission, and expand the current understanding of common issues of concerns and how they impact Jesuit apostolic work and the lives of Caribbean peoples. Some of the major conclusions were on the issues of Caribbean migration, informal economy and the international movement of Cubans, Ecological challenges and inequality and its repercussions in Caribbean societies. Read more...

South Asia - Hindu hardliners attack Indian Christian Schools
(Feb-21-2018)

Hindu hardliners have stepped up intimidation of Christian educational institutions in India, not least Catholic colleges. In one recent case, sheer numbers were used to break through a security cordon with the aim of performing a nationalistic ritual. Braving wintry early January winds, armed police guarded St. Mary's College in Vidisha of Madhya Pradesh state in central India. Some 800 young Hindu men entered the campus, some by scaling walls, but police managed to stop them performing a purportedly patriotic ritual in front of students. Read more... Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the president of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India says, Asia Pacific - Living Laudato Si': A Spirituality for Action Workshop
(Feb-21-2018)

The Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organising a series of Living Laudato Si' workshops in Mindanao this year to contribute to the formation of apostolic communities of practice capable of reconciling with creation. The first workshop from 21 to 25 January drew 32 participants from 13 Jesuit works in four countries. There were also discernment discussions on the three letters of Fr. Arturo Sosa on Our life is mission mission is our life, Discernment in common and Discernment of Universal Apostolic Preferences that guided the workshop participant. Read more...

Canada USA - Conference Advocacy Office Prioritizes 5 Issues for Action
(Feb-21-2018)

The Jesuit Conference Advocacy Office aims to educate and inform legislators, public officials, and multinational corporations on issues of importance affecting the Jesuit mission and Catholic faith. Our nonpartisan office seeks to express how Catholic values such as human dignity and the common good are at stake in policy decisions. Jesuit Advocates like you are our partners in giving voice to the voiceless on matters of social concern before government and corporate institutions. We advocate by increasing awareness and engaging the wide Jesuit network of educational and pastoral ministries. Learn more about our work on our five issues: Migration, Central America, Economic Justice,

Global - Second Conference on International Networking in the Society of Jesus
(Feb-21-2018)

The Second International Jesuit Networking Conference, hosted by the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, will take place from February 15-17, 2018. This gathering is a concerted effort to continue conversations about networking and to catalyze connections among practitioners, researchers and officials across the Society of Jesus and its institutions. The conference will reflect on the existing global and regional networks including: Fe y Alegría, Jesuit Refugee Service, Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks, Educate Magis, Xavier Network, Jesuit Networking, Ignatian Solidarity Network, CVX-CLC, World Union of Jesuit Alumnae and a few others.You can follow the conference on Twitter and Facebook for regular update

Venezuela - No and Yes of the Presidential Elections: A Reflection
(Feb-21-2018)

The unconstitutional Constituent Assembly wants to impose dictatorial elections in order to prolong the current national tensions by six more years. Evidently, due to government ineptitude and corruption, every Venezuelan who is suffering and surviving amidst this immense disaster, does not want cheating in election with an improper lapse of a couple of months to prepare along with parties, false voter identity cards, disqualified candidates, and polling officials sold. Read more...

Thailand - From Prison to Farm and a Fresh Start in Life
(Feb-21-2018)

In a farm in the north of Thailand, a man bends as he plants peppers. However, Mr Sun is not just planting peppers; he is getting a fresh start in life as a free man. Originally from Myanmar, Sun is the first participant in the rehabilitation project of the Jesuit prison ministry in Thailand that seeks to help ex-prisoners re-integrate into society through organic farming. "When we discussed it at that time with Mr Sun, we didn't think about a pepper plantation at all," shares Vilaiwan "Kep" Phokthavi, Director of Jesuit Foundation-Prison Ministry. "It was Mr Sun who sparked the idea, and we were excited to experiment and learn about this plant with him." Asia Pacific - Coordination Protocol for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
(Feb-21-2018)

Disaster risk reduction is a major concern of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. Our geographic region experiences more natural disasters than any other part of the world, and increasingly countries are recognising the need to plan for a natural disaster rather than focus on what to do after a disaster strikes. At the Conference level, we have developed a protocol calling for greater integration of capacity and networking, and we are encouraging our various provinces to develop their own protocol. The Philippine Province, which experiences natural disasters every year, was the first to develop a province Disaster Response Coordination Protocol. Now the Conference has also prepared a Global - Webcast series on Laudato Si
(Feb-21-2018)

Globethics.net in collaboration with CITVN (Catholic Internet Television Network) has produced a webcast series on the reading of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si. Over 36 weeks the webcast series wilfocus on different sections of Laudato Si led by 56 experts from churches, NGOs, businesses, governments and academia related to the environment and sustainability. The broadcast of these sessions started January 30th, and will take place every Tuesday until July. Read more ...

Global - Migration Data Porta
(Feb-21-2018)

TheGlobal Migration Data Portal, launched in December 2017 and managed and developed byIOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), aims to serve as a unique access point to timely, comprehensive migration statistics and reliable information about migration data globally. The site is designed to help policy makers, national statistics officers, journalists and the general public interested in the field of migration to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of international migration data, currently scattered across different organisations and agencies. Read more...

Canada-USA - Statement from the Jesuits' Office of Justice and Ecology on Honduras Election
(Jan-23-2018)

On December 3, Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that he is praying for the people of Honduras, who have been embroiled in a violent political crisis after a delayed vote count in a recent presidential election. The Jesuits of Canada and the United States echo the Holy Father's prayers and share the strong condemnation expressed by the Jesuits of Central America in denouncing Honduras' Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Calling out the Tribunal's "lack of professionalism and ethics" the Central American Jesuits state, "it is no longer just a suspicion, but a certainty," that the election has been grossly manipulated and influenced by the state in an attempt to disregard the will of the people of Honduras. Read more...

Asia Pacific - Rerum Novarum Center's 'little' ambassador
(Jan-23-2018)

The Jesuit social service centre in Taipei has a 'little' ambassador. Twenty-seven-year-old Lily jumps at the opportunity to introduce Rerum Novarum Center whenever she hears of women who are abused by their employers. Looking at her now, few would guess that Lily too had suffered from abuse. Lily went to Taiwan from Indonesia to work as a caregiver, but after only two months of working, she had lost 12 kilogrammes. Read more...

Africa - Charles Chilufya (ZAM) the new Social delegate for Africa and Madagascar
(Jan-23-2018)

On Jan 3, 2018 the JESAM president appointed Charles Chilufya SJ as the new social apostolate coordinator and JASCNET director. Charles will take over from Rigobert Minani in March 2018. Charles served as the social apostolate coordinator of Zambia Malawi and had also started the Jesuit Centre for Leadership and Development (JCLD) in Kitwe and remained part of JASCNET for many years. We wish Charles 'Karibu sana' and all the best. We also thank Rigobert Minani for his able leadership and guidance during the last 6 years. Thank you Rigobert !

India - Bagaicha Centre moves the court on tribal and dalit under-trial prisoners
(Jan-23-2018)

"There are around 4,000 tribals charged as 'naxals' (extremists). Majority are ordinary tribals trying to protect their land from corporate land grab. If trials take place, almost all of them would be acquitted... trials deliberately delayed, so they remain behind bars for years", says Stan Swamy, a leading Jesuit social activist from Bagaicha centre in Ranchi. He led a study on the tribal and dalit under-trial prisoners languishing in jails in Jharkhand state in India. Stan who also leads the Persecuted Prisoners' Solidarity Committee (PPSC) - a platform of Lawyers, Activists and socially committed persons - has moved the High Court to expedite the criminal proceedings long pending before various criminal courts in the state, which comes up for hearing on January 29. Asia Pacific - Thirty years of serving at the frontiers of humanity
(Jan-23-2018)

Thirty years ago, a 74-year-old Spanish Jesuit priest had his first encounter with a community of persons affected by leprosy in China. Moved by the terrible situation of the leprosy-affected persons in Taikam Island in Guangdong Province, Fr Luis Ruiz SJ decided to work with local governments and church communities to change the conditions of leprosy patients in China. That was the beginning of Ricci Social Services, a social service network created to bring relief, dignity and social justice to the poor and marginalised people in mainland China and Macau. Read more ...

South Asia - The Xavier Network in Nepal: serving remote communities
(Jan-23-2018)

Some secluded villages in the north-east of Nepal can only be approached by crossing a hanging bridge. Now the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute, alongside Jesuiten mission Germany, has built another bridge, this time a figurative one. It connects the people of this drought affected region with the helpers from all over the world. Read more ...

Australia - Reconciliation with Creation survey results
(Jan-23-2018)

In August 2017, the Australian Jesuit Province: Reconciliation with Creation (RwC) Advisory Group emailed a survey to 53 Jesuit communities and works. Over the following three months, 31 responses were received (58 per cent). The survey asked what RwC activities Jesuit communities/works have committed to completing over the next five years (2018-23). The greatest number of RwC commitments were in using only recycled paper, improving building insulation/draught proofing, reducing/reusing materials, landscaping to capture, use and clean storm water, eliminating/reducing the use of bottled water, and providing liturgy/prayer to facilitate ecological conversion. Read more...