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Global - 'Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate migrants and refugees' says Pope
(Sep-22-2017)

Pope Francis in his message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14th January 2018 says, "I wish to reaffirm that our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate." He further says, "Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. This situation is undoubtedly a "sign of the times" which I have tried to interpret, with the help of the Holy Spirit, ever since my visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013.

USA - Jesuit Network mobilizes in defense of DACA and Dreamers
(Sep-22-2017)

In advance of an anticipated Trump administration reversal of a critical program protecting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, Catholic educators have mobilized forcefully. A letter, signed by more than 1,200 Jesuit educators, sent to General John Kelly calls for the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that has protected approximately 750,000 young people known as "Dreamers". Fr. Timothy Kesicki SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference said, "There is no greater witness we can give as Jesuits, particularly in the United States, than in defending the Dreamers and the DACA program." Read more...

Honduras - Jesuits decry attacks on Jesuit human rights activist
(Sep-22-2017)

Latin American Jesuits raised an alarm for one of their brother Jesuits, Fr. Ismael "Melo" Moreno, director of the Honduran Jesuit radio station, Radio Progreso, and the Honduran Jesuit social action centre. An outspoken human rights advocate in a country plagued by government corruption and violence, Fr. Melo has worked for years to promote dialogue while advocating for the marginalized. Last year when the national university, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), was embroiled in student strikes, Fr. Melo sat at the negotiating table at the request of students. While agreements were reached between the students and the university, this year student strikes and protests continued, and in the aftermath many students have been injured at the hands of university-hired security forces and many more arrested. I

Africa - "Fe y Alegria wants to educate 42 million Africans"
(Sep-22-2017)

In response to Pope Francis's appeal to work in the peripheries, Fe y Alegria, a Jesuit social movement for the most disadvantaged, held an international meeting from August 28, to September 2, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Mborong Etienne, SJ one of the coordinating members of Fe y Alegria in Africa spoke of the challenges that this "popular movement" faces in working for the poor. He said, "more than 42 million Africans do not have access to quality education." Inviting people to be generous in supporting the works of Fe y Alegria, he added that "this 70 percent of Africans who do not have quality education concerns all of us."  Read more...<

India - Jesuit Theologians join peace journey amidst manufactured hate
(Sep-22-2017)

Seven theology students from Vidyajyoti, New Delhi joined the civil society initiative of a month-long journey all over in India, which included visiting families of those who lost loved ones to hate lynching and mob violence. This peace journey (yatra) called 'Karwan e Mohabbat' aims to declare that they stand with the Muslim, Dalit and Christian sisters and brothers who were worst affected by lynching. Mr. Harsh Mander, a former civil servant and activist writer who initiated this Peace journey says that it is important to spread the message of love, peace and solidarity and stop the spread of hate in any form. Read more...

Canada - Canadian Jesuits and indigenous paddlers form bonds to 'last a lifetime'
(Sep-22-2017)

Erik Sorensen, a Jesuit scholastic who directed the 26-day-long pilgrimage paddling in canoes on the St. Lawrence River dedicated to the cause of reconciliation with First Nations people in Canada, said "You realize how powerless you are when you are out in nature like that, how attuned and attentive you have to be to nature to be in harmony with it." The group of about 50 paddlers completed the odyssey along a historic river-route travelled four centuries ago by explorers and Jesuit martyrs, including St. Jean de Brebeuf. They arrived Aug. 15 at a First Nations reserve near Montreal. Through shared struggles during their travels, a sense of camaraderie and understanding developed among the paddlers, said Kevin Kelly, a Jesuit scholastic and trip organizer. Being in a position of shared "vulnerability where you are struggling"

Japan - Working with Vietnamese migrant workers in Japan to help their country
(Sep-22-2017)

Once a year, the lilt of the t'rung and the rise and fall of the sounds of the danbau transport audiences at a charity concert in Tokyo to the mountain regions of Vietnam. The performers are Vietnamese migrant workers in Japan, and this year's concert featured a choir called "Cecilia", that usually serves at the Vietnamese Sunday masses at St Ignatius Church next to the Jesuit Tokyo Social Centre. "The concert made our imagination fly to Vietnam and we enjoyed our stay there for more than two hours," shared Fr Ando Isamu SJ, head of the Jesuit Tokyo Social Service Centre Migrants Desk, who works closely with the Vietnamese migrants for the welfare of their own community and country. Read more...

Colombia - Launch of Garittea: An innovative and sustainable enterprise
(Sep-22-2017)

Garittea, a social enterprise that includes agricultural organizations and business partners with the support of Universidad Javeriana Cali was inaugurated with the purpose of generating social, academic and business impact. Garittea is an innovative, sustainable and functional proposal based on social justice and agro-ecological production. Part of the commitment of the university is to care for the environment and the implementation of a live fair trade laboratory on the campus of the Universidad Javeriana Cali. This social project is carried out by the Pontifical University of Javeriana Cali, the Instituto Mayor Campesino (IMCA), the Association of Organic Coffee Growers of Colombia (ACOC) and the Association of Small Coffee Growers (ASOPECAM). Read more...

India - Hundreds of activists and poor farmers in New Delhi for jobs
(Sep-22-2017)

A 5-day protest rally demanding increase in guaranteed working days from 100 to 240 was held between Sept. 11-15 at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Activists and farmers from 15 Indian states converged on the Indian capital calling for proper implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) protecting rural workers is at the heart of the dispute. Udayani, Calcutta's Jesuit social outreach, is behind the initiative and had mobilized around 155 farmers and women activists from West Bengal. Fr. Jothi, the director of Udayani says, "the central government has failed to fund budgets for individual states. The result is that in West Bengal there is a shortage in cash and work." Read more...

Africa - The First JESAM delegates' meeting on Child Protection held in Nairobi
(Sep-22-2017)

Child Protection is an urgent challenge to institutions in many countries of the world and the church is not an exception. We are called to confront it and to take collective responsibility and action for child protection. Societal silence on child protection only shields perpetrators of abuse. We need to avoid the false narrative that the issue "is not an African problem" and be cognizant that it is a challenge for Africa too. Addressing the 2-day gathering of JESAM delegates for Child Protection on Aug. 30-31 in Nairobi, JESAM President Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, challenged delegates to think creatively and boldly, and globally and locally, so that our engagement with Child Protection may be rooted in our local context while taking into account the best universal practice. India - Green Education Network: Educating the Educators
(Sep-22-2017)

"Every subject should be taught through the lens of the environment" said Dr. Sunita Narain, an acclaimed environmentalist during the 2-days Regional conclave held at St. Xavier's College, Kolkata. Around 700 students of St. Xavier's and 100 faculty members from 62 colleges and universities of Eastern and North Eastern regions of India participated in the Conclave. Dr. Narain spoke at great length about the crisis of Climate Change and said, "weird weather is the new normal." Blaming the rich for climate change, she said, "No country has learnt to get rich without emissions." The conclave was another ecological effort to keep the hope of Pope's encyclical Laudate Si' and the Society's mission for reconciliation with creation. R

Asia Pacific - Putting the person back into the dynamic cycle of life
(Sep-22-2017)

"If you think climate change is bad, you're not prepared to live in this world at all," said Fr. Pedro Walpole SJ in an interview recently, pointing out that climate change is but one of nine factors that can push the earth out of circulation. The other eight are ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, land-system change, biogeochemical flows, stratospheric ozone depletion, freshwater use, atmospheric aerosol loading and chemical pollution. "One of our difficulties is that we're bound to a growth cycle that the world cannot possibly sustain because it cannot grow exponentially," explained Fr. Walpole who is the Coordinator of the GIAN - Ecology and the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific's Reconciliation with Creation. Read more...

Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 124: Agents of Reconciliation in a broken world
(Jul-23-2017)

The latest edition of Promotio Iustitiae visits some of the fault lines in our world, and sheds light on what it means to work there from a perspective of reconciliation: fundamentalism, political conflict, migrants and refugees, indigenous cultures, and those dispossessed by this economic system.  Each author, a specialist in his or her field, has tried to demonstrate how this work for reconciliation adds value. The result is a panoramic picture of the work of reconciliation, which can help us to better comprehend the scope of the last two Congregations' summons. Download pdf.

Asia Pacific - Reconciliation and Justice in Natural Resource Management
(Jul-23-2017)

The annual Social Apostolate gathering of Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) held in Yangon, Myanmar from 4-7, July 2017 reflected on the theme of 'Reconciliation and Justice in Natural Resource Management'. Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, inaugurating the Conference said, "Today we face environmental and ecological holocaust. It is a scary moment." He called the Jesuits "to think big, never give up. The world needs you." Based on inputs from resource persons and field interaction with environmental rights activists and three organizations the participants analysed, reflected, prayed and committed themselves to act authentically both personally and collectively. Read more...

USA - New Campaign to create Culture of Hospitality for Migrants
(Jul-23-2017)

The pope's call for solidarity with migrants has been a hallmark of his papacy, and on July 7, the Jesuits of the U.S. and Canada are heeding that call by launching a new campaign that aims to create a culture of hospitality for migrants. Working in partnership with the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), the Campaign for Hospitality will reach out to U.S. and Canadian Jesuit universities, schools, parishes, social ministries, retreat centres, Jesuit communities and other ministries. It will attempt to engage those in the Jesuit family who may not normally participate in social justice initiatives, such as alumni of Jesuit schools, parents of students and parishioners.

South Asia - Jesuit Provincials commit themselves to respond to fundamentalism
(Jul-23-2017)

The Provincials and Regional Superiors of South Asia reflected on the situation and have mandated to themselves and to the assistancy, commitment to effectively respond to the forces of fundamentalism through all their ministries.  The statement says, "Any Jesuit Response is founded on our mission to promote justice and reconciliation in our broken world of which dialogue with the poor and with people of other cultures and religions is an essential part. Our mission as Jesuits in South Asia is to build counter-cultural human communities of solidarity that will be instruments of peace and reconciliation to respond to the danger of this region turning into a region of hate and violence. To remain silent spectators in the midst of this onslaught on the Constitutional values of equality and fraternity, secularism and pluralism is t

Global - Education opens the world: A joint effort of JRS and Entreculturas for refugees
(Jul-23-2017)

To mark this year's World Refugee Day, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Entreculturas are launching "Education opens the world", a campaign advocating for educational access for refugees and displaced people around the world, a fundamental right they are too often deprived of because of their displacement. This is an exciting initiative from the point of view of collaboration as two Jesuit works join together to launch an international awareness-raising, advocacy and fundraising campaign. Read more...

Latin America - COMPARTE network: Collaboration for Sustainable Economies
(Jul-23-2017)

From May 15th - 21st, delegations from nine Latin American countries and from different parts of Spain joined together in the Basque Country for the 4th meeting of the network, COMPARTE, under the slogan "Encounter, exchange and collaboration for the building of alternative economies." The COMPARTE network, which is promoted by the Latin American Conference of Provincials (CPAL) is a community of learning and action for alternative development made up of 16 Latin American organizations and Fundación Alboan, as well as 5 Jesuit universities in Latin America and Spain. Read more...

South Africa - Township youth discuss taking care of our 'Common Home'
(Jul-23-2017)

The young adults of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nyanga, Cape Town, in collaboration with the Jesuit Social Apostolate, hosted on the 17th of June, a workshop on the theme "Young People, it's time to take care of our common Home." Following the Cape Storms that had ravaged some parts of Cape Town and the fires that ruined beautiful parts of the Western Cape, the young people of Nyanga, Gugulethu and Emfuleni came together to discuss issues pertaining to 'our common home.' Coming from the three poor communities of Cape Town, these young people coincidentally met on World Day to Combat Desertification to celebrate the second anniversary of the papal encyclical Laudato Si'. To know more...

Global - Statement of participants of the interfaith rainforest initiative
(Jul-23-2017)

We, people of many faiths and spiritualities, gathered in Oslo to hear the cry of Earth's rainforests, their flora and fauna, and the people who live in them. We are Indigenous, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, joined by scientists who share with us, and open for us, a deeper appreciation of the miracle of the forests. We are from 21 countries - from Amazonia, the forests of Indonesia, the Congo Basin, Meso-America and South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, and from the US, Canada, Europe, and China. While from many places, we recognize that we are one human family, that we share one Earth. They resolved and committed themselves to form an international, multi-faith rainforest alliance, devoted to the care of these forests and the people who protect and live in them.