Global - Global Catholic Climate Movement launched
The Global Catholic Climate Movement, a collaboration of Catholic organizations and leaders from different parts of the world, was launched last 14 January 2015 with a statement presented to Pope Francis during his papal visit to the Philippines. Ecojesuit and Reconciliation with Creation of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific are part of this growing movement, which can still be joined. In their statement, the movement is calling for prayer and action among the world's Catholic population, making it the first time that such a global movement of Catholics gathers to work t
Korea - Peace Conference on Jeju Island
Resistance to the construction of a naval base at Gangjeong on Jeju Island, South Korea, continues although the base is already under construction. The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The most recent significant effort was the Gangjeong Peace Conference and Peace Festival organized by the Jesuit Research Centre for Advocacy and Solidarity (JAS) at the Seoguipo Catholic Parish and Gangjeong Village. Read more...
Africa - Ecological responses from Africa: A renewed call for commitment to safeguard creation
The Jesuit African Social Centers Network is responding to ecological concerns in the region by promoting awareness among Jesuits and their collaborators about ecology, supporting interest in the field of ecology, and encouraging transformative education to create responsible attitudes to safeguard Creation. The network is composed of 30 social centers of the Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) Social Apostolate, and for which ecology is one of the six themes identified where activities are focused. Three activities in November and December 2014 were undertaken to assist the network in their continuing work and focus on ecology. To learn more...
USA - Jesuit Conference condemns anti-immigrant amendments
The Jesuit Conference has condemned the anti-immigrant amendments made by the House of Representatives to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act that were added in mid January. In response to the House's actions, Jesuit Conference President, Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, made the following statement: "As Jesuits, we assess every piece of legislation through the lens of whether or not it improves the lives of the poor and marginalized, or whether it further undermines the justice they seek and deserve. Unfortunately, the legislation introduced in the House of Representatives does not meet that standard..." Read more ...
India - "India Today": the reality and the social action response
The Jesuits in Social Action of the West Zone in India organize their annual meeting addressing the situation of India at present and looking for new Jesuit responses. They meet at a crucial time when not only minorities but also the majority community (most of whom are secular) and the democratic ethos of the country seem to be threatened.
Latin America - Educational materials promoting hospitality
The Campaign for Hospitality, jointly carried out by the Jesuit Network with Migrants of Latin America, has distributed a guide to educational activities, with the aim that children and young people, to whom the campaign is addressed, become aware of the reality of migrants, refugees and displaced people. This initiative represents also an opportunity to discover the richness of cultural diversity and multiculturalism and to commit oneself to accept and respect all people. Read more...
Europe - Reflecting on the European emissions trading system
Ecojesuit has published an article in which they explain and evaluate the European emissions trading system. This scheme sets a "cap," a limit that is established as the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that may be emitted by factories, power plants, and other emitting installations. Companies receive emissions allowances that are limited by the cap, and these allowances then may be "traded," which means sold or bought by one from another as needed.
Latin America - Campaign for Hospitality
On the occasion of the International Migrants Day last 18th December the Campaign for Hospitality that was launched a year ago in Latin America, has prepared a song, "Migrar" (Migrate) to raise awareness about the rights and dignity of migrants.
You can listen to the song on Youtube
and read the declaration they issued.
India - Human Rights Day in Ahmedabad
The 66th International Human Rights Day was observed on 10th December 2014 in Ahmedabad with a public rally which brought together several citizens from all walks of life. The citizens came together to raise their voice in demanding human rights for all, very specially for the poor and the marginalised and other vulnerable sections of society like women and children. To know more...
Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 117: Martyrs for Justice
The new PJ issue renders homage to those Jesuits who gave their lives defending the poor and promoting justice. The issue collects a short number of narratives from various countries in which Jesuits were killed. The stories are profoundly moving because of the suffering they recount, because of the solidarity they express, and because they summon us to give ourselves over to the poor just as the martyrs did. At the end of the issue, some information about all the Jesuits who have been killed violently is provided. Click here to download PJ 117.
United Kingdom - Supporting victims of modern slavery
The Jesuits in Britain are supporting the victims of human trafficking by donating funds raised at Christmas and Easter. The collections at Farm Street Church will go towards the appeal to support victims of Human Trafficking, the Bakhita House Project, and the work of other charities, to support victims and to help with the prevention of this form of modern slavery. Learn more...
Rome - "No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters"
This was the title of the message of Pope Francis for the celebration of the Word Day of Peace on 1 January 2015. He focused on the abominable and growing phenomenon of man's exploitation by man, "which leads to contempt for the fundamental rights of others and to the suppression of their freedom and dignity", and takes many forms. He called to forge interpersonal relations marked by respect, justice and love. Here you have the message...
Lima - Catholic Bishops' declaration on climate change
On the road to COP21 that will take place in Paris, next December 2015, some Catholic Bishops have made a declaration on climate change. These Bishops work closely with vulnerable communities and see how climate change is affecting them. They recognize the systemic failures of the present economic order based on the primacy of the market and profit, and they make a call to ensure concrete decisions are taken at COP21 to overcome the climate challenge and to set us on new sustainable pathways.
Manaus - Seminar discerning the mission of the Pan-Amazonic Plan
Between 19 and 22 November a Seminar was held in Manaus to discern the mission of the recently initiated Jesuit Plan for the Pan-Amazonia. At present there are around 70 Jesuits working in different countries of the Amazonia: Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. People from all these countries came together for the first time to share their experiences and envision their future joint work. This Plan is being promoted by the Conference of Latin America, which has identified the Amazonia as one of its priorities. Click for more information. The REPAM (Red Eclesial Panamazónica) has also released a pastoral letter in Spanish<
Johannesburg - Jesuit Pre-forum on Migration
Jesuits from all over Africa and a few from Europe gathered in Johannesburg from December 2-4, to reflect on migration in Africa and envision possible new responses in the African Conference. This meeting was called Pre-forum as it took place right before the VI World Social Forum (Dec. 5-8) on Migrations in Johannesburg. Most of the delegates from the Jesuit Provinces also attended the Forum. They launched a press release, "Building a culture of hospitality and inclusiveness" in English, and Spanish.
Nairobi - Reconciling with creation
Jesuit African Social Centres Network (JASCNET) held a training seminar on Ecology in Nairobi, from 24 to 28 November. It was led by Fr Pedro Walpole SJ, the director of Environmental Science for Social Change in Manila and coordinator of the responses on ecology in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. The attendants were coming from all over the continent. At the end they launched a press release on ecology in English, and French.
Asia Pacific - Sustainability coordinator training program
An online program to train sustainability coordinators in Jesuit schools and institutes within the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific has been launched. This was developed as a response to the Jesuit mission on ecology. It will enable better green campus management, in line with the JCAP agenda of "Growing a Green Campus", by strengthening the capacity of school managers in waste auditing and baseline data development, engineering, waste management, organization and system management, and carbon footprint auditing. Click to know more.
US - Newsletter of "Investments that do justice"
The National Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility (NJCIR) advocates for corporate behavior consistent with Catholic social teaching, through dialogues with corporations, shareholder resolutions and proxy voting. They have just released another newsletter where you can find the very innovative ways in which they engage with corporations.
Spain - Living ecology in our communities
A team from the social apostolate has prepared some materials to reflect and pray on ecology in an Ignatian way. The aim is to offer Christian communities a wider awareness about these questions. The documents offer a reflection proposal for several community meetings and some prayers, using an Ignatian method and trying to connect to our Ignatian and Church tradition and to our personal option Faith-Justice. Click to download the materials.
India - Rallying to protect the rights of the poor
Activists from Udayani Social Action Forum, the Jesuits social action wing of Calcutta Province, participated in a 20,000 strong protest rally - comprising of farmers, pensioners, slum dwellers, daily labourers and other underprivileged people from all over India - in Delhi with the slogan, 'Abki baar Hamara Adhikar' (This time it is our rights). The protest was against the central government's proposal to dilute and bring changes in some of the key 'pro-poor legislations' such as Rural employment guarantee act, National food security act and Land acquisition act, all in favour of corporate sector. Read more...