Latin America - Declaration on International Migrants Day
On International Migrants Day, the institutions that promote the Campaign for Hospitality ask that migration management policies in force in the Latin America and the Caribbean, meet the human rights and the principles of international protection. Read more...
Germany - Constructive dialogue on refugee policy
Bavaria's Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) spoke on Friday, 4 December, with five Catholic Superiors on refugee policy. German Jesuit Provincial Fr. Stefan Kiechle SJ appreciated afterwards the "differentiated and constructive conversation". The Superiors of different religious orders in Bavaria had put forward two core concerns: to deal humanely with all refugees coming to Germany and to take care of a respectful language in the public debate. Words such as "massive abuse of asylum" were inappropriate. Prime Minister Seehofer and his staff would have listened to them interested. An open letter of 45 Superiors of Bavaria, to Seehofer, preceded the conversation. In the letter published on November 11, the signatories criticized a political rhetoric, which brings refugees into the twilight, instead of regarding them as fellow
Australia - Urging to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12
A group of prominent legal, human rights and social services organisations has urged Australia's Attorneys-Generals to increase the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12. The open letter, facilitated by Jesuit Social Services and signed by organisations including Australian Council of Social Service, Amnesty International, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and Oxfam Australia, has been released alongside a discussion paper Too much too young: Raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12. Read more...
Timor Leste - Providing healthcare services in Ulmera
The clinic may only be six months old and located in a classroom in Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiola (CSIL) in Kasait, but it has already begun community outreach services to nine villages in the broader Ulmera area. The focus has been on raising awareness of hygiene, safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition and communicable diseases, and organising dental, eye and general medical checks. Read more...
Global - Dialogue with Muslim communities
December 17th. The centre Cristianisme i Justicia along with Justicia y Paz in Barcelona has called for a dialogue with representatives of Muslim communities to share the realities and challenges of the Muslim people in our society. Soraya El Fahri - linked to cultural associations in Maresme -, Mohamed Halhoul, spokesman for the Islamic Cultural Council of Catalonia, and Fr Jaume Flaquer, Jesuit and expert on Islam, took part in the meeting.
Global - Gender and climate justice in the Paris Agreement
The recently concluded COP21 climate talks resulted in the Paris Agreement, where more than 190 nations acknowledged the risks to climate change that the fossil fuel industry will have to end, and a 1.5 degrees C threshold in global warming. However, there is an inadequacy in the text in addressing the concerns of the most vulnerable, including women. Paula Sendín, from JESC in Brussels, writes in Ecojesuit about this question. Read more...
Global - The Spirit of adaptation and vulnerability reduction in reconciling with creation
Jacques Haers, SJ and Elías López, SJ have published an article through which they put into evidence that, while most of the world is ill-prepared to respond to the risks of a changing climate, there are opportunities to respond. Risk from a changing climate emerges from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm's way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends), and each of these three components can be a target for smart action to decrease risk. Read more...
Global - Stockholm Dialogue 2015, on sustainability, science and values
The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Ecology has taken part in the Stockholm Dialogue together with members of the Stockholm Environment Institute. They wanted to deepen the scientific urgency and social values inherent in the understanding of climate change and the social transformation needed in real action. The Dialogue is a response to Pope Francis' call, in the encyclical Laudato si': a new dialogue, a social transformation towards a global agenda for social inclusion and earth care. Read more...
USA - Encounter at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
Inspired by Pope Francis' recent visit to the U.S., a record-breaking 1,600 students and young adults gathered for the 18th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Nov. 7-9, in Washington, D.C. "Bridges" was a fitting theme for the gathering: connections were built, ideas were forged and friendships were made among the participants from Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes and the larger Catholic Church. Read more... You can also watch in video keynote addresses, student speakers, and clips.
Paris - Jesuits at the COP 21
Jesuits from France and the GIAN network on Ecology have attended events of the Conference on Climate Change in Paris earlier this month. They have taken part in dialogues, organized events and engaged with civil society's movements. Some of their reflections on this issue, which are worth reading, can be found on Ecojesuit.
Global - New bulletin of the International Jesuit Prison Network
This new bulletin includes the address given by Pope Francis in late September, during his visit to detainees at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. Among the other subjects of this issue, a reflection by Chris Bruno, entitled "bringing the beatitudes behind the bars", then, a report from Jesuit prison ministry in Thailand, and a Declaration from the International Prison Chaplains Association. To access the bulletin...
Latin America - Irregular movement of refugees should not be sanctioned
Syrian refugees have experienced difficulties in Central America and at the Texan border when asking for asylum. The Jesuit Network for Migrants in Central America and North America has expressed its concern about this situation and made a call to respect the international law that guarantees the human rights of these persons. Read more...
Africa - Pope Francis visits Jesuit parish in Nairobi
On Nov. 27, Pope Francis visited the Jesuit-run St. Joseph the Worker Church in a Nairobi slum during his six-day visit to Africa. Speaking at the church, the pope condemned the "injustices" of urban poverty and substandard living conditions. Read more...
USA - Jesuits to Congress: "We can welcome refugees"
The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States is urging members of Congress to oppose efforts to suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program or restrict funding for Syrians and other groups of refugees. "We can keep our borders open, particularly to those families fleeing from oppression, using all of the proper screening and security checks that we use for anyone who is immigrating to the United States," said Father Tim Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference. Global - Pope Francis supports JRS global education initiative
In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS , on November 14, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies. He also expressed his support of "Mercy in Motion" advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen JRS education programmes. The goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than today by the year 2020. Read more...
Philippines - Two years after typhoon Haiyan
"A new life". That is how Lilia Advincula of Barangay Calvary Hill in Tacloban City described her community's situation as they commemorated the second anniversary of typhoon Haiyan on November 8. She remembers that even before Haiyan, many residents had been jobless with a stagnant quality of living. Read more...
Spain - Crisis of solidarity. Solidarity against the crisis
Jesuits in Spain have published a document addressing the present social, political and economic crisis in Spain and in the world. In this document they call for a regeneration of public life, they denounce the crisis of the welfare state, the crisis of refugees and the development of a Europe designed only for merchants. It is the first occasion in which Jesuits from all the apostolic ministries - education, pastoral, social, and university sectors - prepare together such a document. To access the document...
Canada - Reading again Decree 4, 40 years later
At the end of September, in Quebec, members of the teams of the Manresa Centre of Spirituality (Quebec), and Centre for Faith and Justice (Montreal) gathered together for two days to read the Decree 4 of GC 32nd, which articulates Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit commitment to justice. The meeting has beared rich fruits. The experience has shown that this text expresses in a deep way the links in between faith and justice. Decree 4 continues to bring life and light to our efforts to promote justice today. Read more...
Global - Faith communities respond to global goals
The Society of Jesus, through its Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES), joined two global meetings last September that explored ways by which faith-based communities and religious institutions can respond to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), getting known more now as the Global Goals. Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, SJ, SJES Director, joined the UN Bristol Meeting on Faiths and the SDGs where faith leaders from around the world and UN officials gathered in Bristol, United Kingdom from 7 to 10 September 2015 to discuss support for the SDGs. The Rome - Pope Francis Visits New Homeless Shelter in Jesuit-Donated Building
Pope Francis made a surprise visit on Oct. 15 to the Vatican's newest homeless shelter. The Pope met with around 30 homeless men living at the shelter, which opened earlier this month after the building was offered to Pope Francis by the Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome. The Jesuits decided to turn the building into a shelter in response to Pope Francis' appeal to religious institutions for buildings to be placed in service of those in need. Read more and watch a video of the visit.