Austria - Xavier Network meeting in Vienna
The Xavier Network, a unique collaboration of Jesuit mission offices and development organizations that works with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world, met recently in Austria for its Spring meeting. The network is at a significant moment in its 14-year history following General Congregation 36 and the Encyclicals of Pope Francis. Last week Xavier Network members met in Austria, generously hosted by Jesuiten Mission Austria, to reflect on what these changes mean for their work. The agenda covered a wide range of topics including future strategy, collaboration with other Jesuit networks and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Read more...
Latin America - SJ Education networks of Guatemala defend the victims of Hogar Asunción
Last March 8th, a fire broke out at the Virgen de la Asunción shelter in southern Guatemala, which resulted in 37 girls and teenagers killed and almost twenty hospitalized. According to early indications, they themselves ignited the fire to protest the human rights violations they were suffering. In the face of tragedy, the educational works of the Society of Jesus and other allied organizations representing thousands of Guatemalan girls, boys, adolescents and young people have issued a statement in which they express their sadness and indignation at the facts. Learn more...
Australia - New project to help boys and men flourish
International Jesuit leader Fr Arturo Sosa has expressed his support for a new Jesuit Social Services programme aimed at tackling violence and helping men and boys build better relationships with those around them. Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards announced the new programme, The Men's Project, at the organisation's annual dinner on March 25, which also celebrated the organization's 40th anniversary. Learn more...
USA - Jesuits and partners come to the aid of deported migrants
Last February, a 35-year-old mother of two in Arizona became one of the first unauthorized migrants deported to Mexico under the Trump administration's immigration crackdown. Her case threw fuel on the debate over administration policy, but for some who minister along the border, the argument was not just political. "It was personal," said Jesuit Father Sean Carroll. Read more...
Africa - JASCNET Seminar on democracy and election knowledge in Africa
The Jesuit Africa Social Centres Network (JASCNET) organized a seminar at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Nairobi, from the 15th to the 20th of March 2017, on Democracy and Electoral Knowledge in Africa. The seminar was officially opened by the Director of JASCNET, Fr. Rigobert Minani, and afterwards, Fr Orobator S.J., the new President of Africa and Madagascar, celebrated mass with the participants and welcomed them on behalf of the Jesuits Provincials and Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar. To access the Press Release.
Africa - AJAN launched a book titled AHAPPY
AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) has launched a book titled AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth (AHAPPY). According to Fr Elphege Quenum S.J, Director of AJAN, the manual intends to lead young people to an AIDS free generation, empowering them to make informed and responsible choices and equipping them with knowledge, life skills and values. Learn more...
Spain - First anniversary of Campaign for Hospitality
Following the steps of the Jesuits in Latin America, in January 2016, Jesuit social apostolate organisations in Spain launched the 'Hospitality campaign' covering four areas of action: welcoming, international cooperation, social awareness and advocacy. It aims at protecting the rights and covering the needs of migrants and refugees, where the official system's services prove insufficient. Several social centres have redesigned, reinforced and expanded their reception facilities, offering new places and activities. They have contributed to the dialogue with public institutions and collaborated closely with specialized refugee institutions and citizen solidarity platforms. Jesuit organizations in the Conference of Canada
Europe - EU passes conflict minerals law
On March 16, the European Parlament passed the law on conflict minerals, a regulation that aims to assure that incomes from imports of minerals to the European Union do not fund violations of human rights and armed conflicts in different parts of the world. Several European Jesuit institutions have been advocating for a fair law during the last years. They express their satisfaction, though they think the regulation has its limits. Learn more...
Rome - Father General's Speech on Women's Day
Fr Arturo Sosa had a speech on March 8, commemorating the celebration of Women's Day. He thanked Voices of Faith and the Jesuit Refugee Service for inviting him to give an address and remembered that women make a difference in their families and communities, especially in the most remote corners of the world. Read the speech here.
Philippines - Opposing death penalty
The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent disregard or even endorsement," said Philippine Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ in a letter to his fellow Jesuits dated Thursday, February 9. Read more...
Latin America - Online diploma program on advocacy
More than 35 members from social centers and works of the Society of Jesus in Latin America, Caribe and the US will take part in the first online diploma program on advocacy, "From local experience to regional action", which begins in March 2017. The program has been promoted by the Network of social centers of Latin America and is led by CINEP and by the Javeriana university in Colombia. Read more...
USA - Testimony on Policy Challenges Facing Congress
On March 2, four members of the Jesuit network gave voice to the voiceless at a Capitol Hill briefing on criminal justice, environmental justice, immigration and poverty. The panel of experts shared their views on policy challenges and opportunities for the 115th Congress. Hosted by the Jesuit Conference and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the briefing framed policy priorities in light of Catholic and Jesuit principles, grounded in the lived experiences of the people served by Jesuits and their lay colleagues. Read more...
USA - Dakota access pipeline decision found "Morally Unacceptable"
The Jesuits of the U.S., together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct response to President Trump's January 24 Presidential Memorandum urging the Army Corps to expedite the review and approval process. Read more...
Ireland - Irish Province commits to "Flights for Forests"
The Irish Jesuit Province has signed up to participate in Flights for Forests, the carbon-offset programme developed by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. This is one of the results of the Province's decision to commit to reflecting critically on its use of air-travel in response to Pope Francis' invitation to us all to acknowledge our environmental responsibility. Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, producing up to eight percent of the world's total emissions, and air travel continues to rise by four to five percent annually. Read more...
Spain - 2016 Report of Campaign of Hospitality
The Spanish Province, with the help of its social sector, has promoted the Campaign of hospitality with the aim of working as an apostolic body to improve the lives of migrants and refugees. The campaign has launched initiatives for welcoming, raising awareness, and advocacy. It offers protection and accompaniment to all those persons that leave their countries because of war, poverty or environmental degradation. The report covers all the areas of the campaign. You can access the report here.
Asia Pacific - Building the Philippines' first eco-friendly school
Ateneo de Davao University is building a new campus for its senior high school that is being touted as the first environmentally responsible school in the Philippines. The campus has been designed to create a contemporary, sustainable and transformative learning environment following Pope Francis' environmental directives in his encyclical, Laudato Si'. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 15 and the school is expected to be completed in May 2019. Fr Joel E. Tabora SJ, President of Ateneo de Davao University, said that the new school's facilities "will help mould its students to become environmentally aware and ecologically responsible learners". Read more...
Global - Inspiring sustainable lifestyles through the lens
Wishing to contribute to building a strong narrative for deep individual and collective changes, CIDSE (an international global alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies working together for global justice) recently launched its first international photo competition on what people and communities are doing to consume and produce food and energy in a sustainable way. The activity seeks to generate interaction between people's experiences and policy makers, and encourage a path towards a policy landscape that helps people's solutions and innovations to thrive. Read more...
Global - Sharing Laudato Si' online resources
An online site Laudato si'- On care for our common home shares a selection of web-based annotated resources to better understand, apply, and communicate Laudato si'. The site was developed after the encyclical's release in June 2015 and as a huge number of responses quickly flooded the web that included comments, reactions and introductory presentations of the Encyclical. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, now merged in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since 1 January 2017, hosts the site. Read more.
Rome - "I was in prison and you visited me..." Promotio Iustitiae
This edition of Promotio Iustitiae wishes to pay homage to Jesuits and lay collegues that serve in prisons and to paint a picture of the quite work that they have carried out persistently over many years. The articles that you will find are moving. They encompass the two strands of this prison ministry to include a dedicated and committed ministry, and a contemplative perspective. In their texts, the authors offer a glimpse into the spirituality present in, and necessary for this ministry. They see beyond appearances. They transcend reality and discover in it a mystery of higher love, which lives in the darkest and most hidden corners. Download PDF...
Canada and USA - Concerns about the increase of detention and deportation
On January 25, President Donald Trump issued two Executive Orders that will impact immigrants both in communities across the U.S. and those who approach the southern border seeking refuge from violence. The Jesuits of Canada and the United States have expressed their profound concern about the US Administration's actions to dramatically increase detention and deportation, to further divide the United States from its neighbors, and to disregard the judgment of local authorities when it comes to protecting their communities. Read more... You can access here a second statement from the Jesuit Conference.