Indonesia - Signing for a cancellation of a karst mining project
Jesuits in Indonesia call to sign a petition for cancellation of a karst mining project (cement factory) in Central Java, which is a populated by a farming community. The project would mean the loss of livelihood for farmers and environmental degradation especially the loss of water sources associated with the karst formation. Link for the petition (in Italian) Link for a documentary on the project (in Indonesian).
Latin America - Competition "Building up sustainable worlds"
The Network of social centers and the Network of universities in Latin America have invited students in the universities of the Society to participate in a competition called "Construyendo mundos sustentables" ("Building up sustainable worlds"), which looks for technologically innovative projects that promote the conservation of the environment and involve interdisciplinary approaches. To know more...
South Asia - Networking for a just society
Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai, present social coordinator of the South Asian Conference, shares in a video how networking is a promising way of addressing today the problems of injustice. The video was recorded during a meeting in Loyola called "Networking for justice" in November last year. Click here to watch the video. Click here to read an article on the video at Jesuit Networking.
Asia Pacific - Deepening ecological action in the Conference
A workshop on Reconciling with Creation took place at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Philippines. 35 participants from 10 countries in Asia Pacific Conference (JCAP) attended the sessions. The GC 36 calls "to care for human and natural environment" and "to develop sustainable ecological and social practices" inspired and affirmed the workshop objectives. As participants worked together and shared experiences, they developed 60 joint actions for strengthening, collaboration, and communication. Read more...
Mexico - Report on migrants in transit in Mexico
A Mexican network defending migrants (Red de Documentación de Organizaciones Defensoras de Migrantes) has recently launched a report about the situation of migrants crossing Mexico toward the US. The report is built on the experiences of migrants that the organizations have served in different parts of Mexico. The Jesuit Service for Migrants in Mexico is part of the network. Access here the report . For the main features of the report...
Global - The future of work
Catholic organizations, movements of trade unions and of cooperatives, and associations of business leaders, issued a joint statement on the future of work at a Global Seminar on "Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy" held in Rome from 2 to 5 May 2016. Several Jesuit organizations were invited to the meeting. Access here the joint statement.
Amazonia - Meeting of indigenous leaders and Church organizations
From June 7th to 10th, nearly 100 indigenous leaders and members of Church organizations from Brazil, Peru and Colombia gathered in Tabatinga (border of the three countries) to speak about land, indigenous cultures, education for the youth and other challenges that they are facing. They agreed on some orientations for the collaboration in between indigenous peoples and the Church and they identified some common strategies. To know more...
Spain - Campaign for hospitality with migrants
Celebrating the World Refugee Day, the social centres of the Spanish Jesuits have released the campaign "Yo Soy Tierra De Acogida". The campaign intends to request from politicians welcoming policies for migrants that defend human rights. This campaign supports also better education to prevent racism and xenophobia. Watch the video of the campaign... To know more...
Global - GIAN Campaign launch: "Rigth to Education, Right to Hope"
The GIAN Network for the right to education, launched on June 9th the campaign "Right to education, right to hope" in order to to highlight the importance of education as a Human Right, deepen on the inequality and inequity situations of education in the world and raise awareness on the responsibility everyone has in its promotion, defense and enforceability. It is intended for children and young people from 4-18 years, teachers and educators from Jesuit educational and social centres, and all those communities and parishes interested in reflecting on the right to education. The Campaign offers in four languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French) didactic units for children and youth and activities for grown-ups. The materials are available for free download and work on the GIAN website, Latin America - Study on borders in Ibero-America
This study analyses the situation of migrants and refugees in 10,000 kilometres of borders in Latin America and Spain and offers proposals to protect them. The study can be consulted at the book "Las migraciones en las fronteras de Iberoamérica" (Migrations at the Borders of Ibero-America). It is an initiative of the "Observatorio Iberoamericano sobre Movilidad Humana, Migraciones y Desarrollo" (OBIMID or Ibero-American Observatory on Human Mobility, Migrations and Development), a network that includes institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain.
Vatican - First anniversary of Laudato Si'
Between June 12-19 the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network is partner of Laudato Si' Week celebrating the first anniversary of the Encyclical. Click here for further information or visit the Global Catholic Movement website You can also watch Pope Francis' video on Laudato Si'.
Global - Video: The way you consume affects the world
Julie Edwards, leader of the GIAN network "Justice in Mining" and director of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, shares in a video the objectives of the network and its social and political involvement. The relationship between consumption patterns in the developed world and the violence perpetrated against the underprivileged in mining countries such as Congo, is one of the main issues raised in this intervention. Click here to watch the video: The way you consume affects the world.
Challenges of Networking for Justice: Insights from CPAL
Father Roberto Jaramillo SJ, delegate of the Social Apostolate of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America (CPAL), talks about the challenges that, according to his experience, arouse when working in networks and shares his reflections on the Jesuit Networking blog, that is the referent for international networking initiatives within the Jesuit world. Among the main challenges father Jaramillo mentions are individualism, lack of a deep spiritual life and a requirement of major resources, in terms of not only finances but also human resources and time. Read more...
USA - Father Greg Boyle SJ named James Beard Humanitarian of the year
Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder and executive director of the gang intervention program Homeboy Industries, has received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation. The national culinary arts organization presented Fr. Boyle with the Beard medallion on May 2 in Chicago. The organization's Humanitarian of the Year award is given to an individual or organization whose work in the realm of food has improved the lives of others and benefited society at large. Fr. Boyle did just that with the launch of Homeboy Bakery in 1992, where former rival gang members work side by side and learn both business and baking skills. Learn more.
Asia Pacific - Jesuit scholastics interview Myanmar citizens involved in the fishing industry
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) approached the Jesuits in Jakarta for the help of Myanmar scholastics as translators for its interviews with Myanmar citizens who had been enslaved in the Thai fishing industry. Several scholastics did so, among them Simon Kam Sian Muan, who is now back in Myanmar for his regency. He shares here what he learnt from the experience. Read more ...
UK - Jesuit Missions: Education Resources on Laudato Si'
Jesuit Missions has produced some education resources based on Laudato Si' for the celebration of Mother Earth Day on April 22nd. For secondary schools, the resource is a 1 hour in depth analysis of Laudato Si, aiming to deepen students' understanding of Laudato Si' and the environmental teachings of Pope Francis. For primary schools, the resource is a 25-minute assembly (A conversation between Francis of Assisi, Kateri Tekakwitha and Pedro Arrupe), aiming to inspire students to act on climate change.
India - Praising Mother Earth
As part of the ongoing program towards the care, protection and promotion of Mother Earth, Xavier Green School under Xavier Center for Migrant Workers, in Vadodara (Gujerat, state in India) directed by Fr Jolly, organized an event, 'Nature Walk' followed by a Musical Evening on the Praises of Mother Earth, inviting nature lovers of Vadodara on 7th May 2016. Ahmedabad telecasted the event. The highlight of the program was to bring awareness that human beings need Mother Earth for their existence but not vice versa, therefore loving and caring Mother Earth is loving and caring for oneself. Two links for videos: https://youtu.be/KhJPYXxH3ro and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb1l-C-
Kenya - Statement on Kenya refugee camp closures
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in a press statement released recently, called for a more compassionate response to the country's refugee community, urging all people of good will - in Kenya and beyond - to join them in welcoming the stranger and standing in solidarity for those in need of protection. Click here to read the statement.
Ecuador - Jesuits take action following devastating earthquake
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
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.