Rome - Promotio Iustitiae 124: Agents of Reconciliation in a broken world
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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. Spain - The 7th Annual Report of the SJM (Jesuit Migrant Service) presented
This annual report has become in recent years a basic reference for the improvement of the living conditions in the internment centres for foreigners (Centro de Internamiento de Extranjeros - CIE). The Society of Jesus in Spain is especially committed to the project. The report is entitled "25.66" in reference to the average number of people expelled from Spain per day. During 2016, 7,597 people were admitted to CIE and 29.02% were expelled. These numbers exceed those of the two previous years, but the percentage of expulsion decreases drastically. Three out of 4 inmates came directly from the boats arrived to the Spanish coast. Fifty-one minors were identified in CIE, a number three times greater than last year. In a total of 770 asylum applications, only 20% were admitted. In addition, the number of women increased to 513. Th
USA - Kino Border Initiative Report shows pattern of 'Failed Oversight' in Customs and Border Protec
A new report from the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) and the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S. reveals the inadequacy of the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) complaint and oversight system in investigating abuse allegations by migrants. KBI, an immigrant aid organization in Nogales - Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora - Mexico, co-sponsored by the Jesuits and five other U.S. and Mexican church groups, files complaints on behalf of individuals in their aid center who report having been mistreated during their migration journey. Read more...
Global - The 2020 GEM Report will be on Inclusion and Education
In the second week of June, the GEM (Global Education Monitoring) Report's Advisory Board met in Paris to discuss the success of the 2016 GEM Report, hear about the plans for the 2017/8 and 2019 GEM Reports, and decide on the future theme of the 2020 GEM Report. A consensus was reached on the theme: Inclusion and Education. Although the desire to leave no one behind permeates the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG), the board calls for new strategies and policies to ensure access to the 263 million children, adolescents and youth and to 758 million adults lacking basic literacy and numeracy skills. Read more...
Rome - Fr Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ, new Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology
Fr Xavier Jeyaraj, SJ, from Calcutta Province, is beginning this June his term as Secretary for Social Justice and Ecology in the General Curia in Rome. He brings to the office his background working for the poor since his times as scholastic and leading a social centre, Udayani Social Action Forum, in Calcutta. He also worked in the past as Secretary of Social Action in the South Asian Conference and in the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology for three years. He has recently completed a PhD in Social Sciences. Read more...
Global - Canadian, Italian and Australian Provinces commit to divestment from fossil fuels
In October 2016, the Jesuits in English Canada joined other Catholic institutions around the world and announced their divestment from fossil fuel extraction from the current portfolio within five years. The Italian Jesuits are now the second national Jesuit group to have divested and thus heeded the call to care for creation of their fellow Jesuit Pope Francis. Gianfranco Matarazzo, SJ, Provincial of the Italian Province said: "I express the adhesion of the Italian province of the Society of Jesus to the divestment campaign. With this adhesion, I announce the intention to start a more detailed process about the different ways of removing our investments from fossil fuels, progressively within the next 5 years."
Venezuela - Fe y Alegría says enough to violence
In light of the latest shifts of violence and oppression in Venezuela, General Director of Fe y Alegría in Venezuela, Fr Manuel Aristorena, SJ, has released a letter in which he says that "Venezuela has been filled with pain, suffering, anguish, violence, fear, repression and death. Yes, a lot of death, and with cruelty... It is the manner in which conflicts are confronted where a country's democracy is evidenced or denied. The excessive use of force, the characterization of demonstrations... daily violence and death, the vandalism of public or private property and the cruel treatment of detainees are unacceptable for a democratic society. We are losing lives, democracy, the country." Read more...
Europe - I Get You combats racism and xenophobia
JRS Europe released on May 31 key data analysis of 315 community building initiatives mapped as part of I Get You. The European Mapping Report shows that grassroots projects working on integration with refugees have a big impact combatting racism and xenophobia in the nine countries taking part.
Congo - New University promoting sustainable agriculture
The Université Loyola du Congo (ULC) has sought to create a centre of excellence for sustainability and food security. Instituted only last year, ULC is the world's newest Jesuit university. It has developed a multidisciplinary programme on sustainable agriculture for a diverse range of stakeholders that includes researchers, students, and local communities. Read more...
Asia Pacific - Charting a new course for the migration network
The word "discernment" has become all the rage within Jesuit circles following the 36th General Congregation. Fr General Arturo Sosa has even appointed a special counsellor to oversee the process of discernment and apostolic planning in the Society. So it was fitting that the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific's (JCAP) migration network examined the journey so far and charted a new course at its fourth annual meeting held in Tokyo from March 23 to 26. A new plan for the future was called for. Read more...
Latin America - FLACSI commemorates World Refugee Day
FLACSI, the Latin American Federation of Jesuit schools, aware of the critical situation that refugees are facing today in the continent and in the world, is organizing several activities to commemorate the World Refugee Day next June 20. Read more...
Portugal - Sharing the realities of poverty
The Ignatian Social Assembly gathered for two days in the Almada seminary upon the initiative of the Provincial in Portugal, Fr José Frazão Correia. More than 80 participants, cooperators, leaders, voluntaries and Jesuits from 26 institutions or movements, gathered for reflection, formation and sharing experience. In an environment of informality and closeness, it was possible to go deeper in the sense of «body», to grow in companionship between the participants and their mission and institutions. Read more...
Latin America - VIII Pan-Amazonian Social Forum
On May 1, Jesuit institutions from Latin America attending the VIII Pan-Amazonian Social Forum in Tarapoto, Peru, elaborated a statement about the situation the Amazonia is facing. Amazonia is shared by nine countries; it is very rich in natural resources and has been constantly exploited, but local communities are suffering from the transformation of the environment and their human rights are under threat. Read the statement...