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.
Latin America - Regarding the discriminatory and exclusion policies in the US
In a recent statement, the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America (AUSJAL) rejects the measures and policies that discriminate or exclude persons, and is particularly worried by the situation of the immigrant population in the United States of America, among them the undocumented students. Read here the statement...
Rome - Fr General on World Day of Refugees and Migrants
On January 14, vigil of the World Day of Refugees and Migrants, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ addressed refugees, volunteers and staff from the Centro Astalli, Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. He urged all who support refugees and migrants to put pressure on governments, especially in Europe, to create channels that will give safe and legal access to children and adolescents forced to abandon their homes, their countries and often even their families, in order that they can make a future elsewhere. Read more... Read here the address from Fr General...
Asia - Collaboration for understanding among Muslims and Christians
Jesuits from Conferences of South Asia and Asia Pacific have agreed to collaborate on a research project to promote better understanding and dialogue among Muslims and Christians in Asia. The 10 Jesuits from both Conferences came to this decision during the meeting of the Jesuits among Muslims in Asia (JAMIA) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 26 to 30, 2016. Read more...
Honduras - Socio-environmental impact of mining
The Reflection, Investigation and Communication Team (ERIC)-Honduras, in coordination with the College for Public Health and Social Justice of Saint Louis University, have conducted a research about of the socio-environmental impact of mining. It is a joint initiative of the Canada and US Conference and Jesuit social institutions in Honduras. After examining the way in which the extractivist model is affecting the region, they present three summarized case studies, and share a brief analysis of the situation of human security in the communities studied. Access here a summary of the research in English.
India - Tarumitra eco-fest in Attappadi, Kerala
Tarumitra is a movement initiated by a group of children and Patna Jesuit Society under the leadership of Fr. Robert Athickal, SJ in 1988 as a Forum for Environment. Tarumitra has been networking with students across India creating awareness and action on issues such as water, organic farming, vehicular pollution or promotion of renewable energy. On 18-19 January 2017 Tarumitra has organized an Eco-Fest in Attappady, Kerala. Hundreds of students, environmentalists and social activists from across the country participated in the fest. Learn more...
Spain - Protecting people on the borders, "So that they do not die of cold"
Jesuits institutions in Spain have joined a petition signed by 430 Spanish organizations working for human rights, migration and refuge, in support of the appeal "Do not die of cold". The appeal requests a European urgent response to protect people on the borders this winter. More than 100 institutions of the Ignatian family have been part of this initiative, some of them social institutions, educational and pastoral centers, lay communities, youth centers, parishes and several university centers. For more information...
Global - Remembering the Musami martyrs, 40 years on
On February 6, Jesuits were marking the 40th anniversary of the Musami Martyrs, a group of three Jesuits and four Dominican Sisters who were murdered at St Paul's Mission in Zimbabwe (which was then Rhodesia), about 60 miles northeast of Harare (formerly Salisbury) on the 6th February 1977. "They were all given the choice of moving to the safer towns, but they decided to stay on in solidarity with the local black population with whom they identified." Over the last 40 years, the Mission developed considerably, with schools, a hospital and sports' facilities. Read more...
Asia Pacific - Puskat Film Festival gains momentum with environment theme
This year's Puskat Film Festival received five times more entries than last year, when it was launched by Studio Audio Visual (SAV), Puskat, the Jesuit audio-visual centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. SAV Puskat attributes the increase to promotion of the awards and the relevance of the theme, which is "Environment". SAV Puskat received 110 entries from across the country for this year's film festival. Young filmmakers produced the 35 documentary films and 75 feature films. Read more...