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Rome - Publication of Encyclical Laudato Si'
(Jul-21-2015)

The long awaited Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si' (Be Praised), on the Care for our Common Home, was published during the month of June. The Encyclical is a call to unity-unity in prayer for the en­vironment and for the poor, in the conversion of our hearts and our lifestyles to respect and love everyone and everything given to us by God. On this occasion, Ecojesuit has put up a guidance map to the different parts of the environment encyclical of Pope Francis.

Global - Jesuit universities meet in Melbourne 2015
(Jul-21-2015)

Following the previous meeting in Mexico 2010, Jesuit Universities from all over the world gather from 8th to 10th of July in Melbourne. The title of the meeting was "Expanding the Jesuit Higher Education Network: Collaborations for Social Justice". They shared several initiatives already active such as higher education for the marginalized, the promotion of social entrepreneurship, a living text on ecology for the use in the universities, etc. They also prepared a video highlighting the contents of the document "Promotion of justice in the universities of the Society", that appeared months ago as Promotio Iustitiae 116.

Global - New e-bulletin from Edujesuit
(Jul-21-2015)

Edujesuit has launched a new bulletin with the most recent news and editorials. It covers questions such as proposals for financing education for the meeting in Addis Abeba; the need for quality education as a key element in the Education international agenda; the required tax reform to defend human rights. It also includes some voices coming from Syrian refugees in Lebanon and from refugees in Malawi.

Latin America -Social Apostolate meeting in Guayaquil
(Jul-21-2015)

More than 50 Jesuits and collaborators recently participated in a meeting of Delegates for the Social Apostolate and Directors of Social Centres of the Latin American provinces in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Three main topics were covered. First, spirituality of social action. Second, the need and challenge for finding ways of having greater public and political impact at various levels of society. And third, the urgency of letting "the youth", their reality, their challenges, their capabilities and proposals come through the doors and windows of our apostolic works as true collaborators and just not as the object of our Mission.

Portugal - Third edition of Bgreen, ecological film festival
(Jul-21-2015)

This project aims to appeal to a strengthened environmental awareness and sustainability, instilling respect for the surrounding nature. The 3rd edition was characterized by the internationalization of the initiative, which allowed for the participation of many young Europeans. Throughout the gala, 22 pre-selected videos from Spain, Norway and Portugal were shown. This year's award was won by a spot named "Lady Lancelot", produced by a group of students from the Norwegian school Vardafjell. To know more about the gala, click here.

Latin America - Meeting of organizations looking for missing migrants
(Jul-21-2015)

Committees of migrants' relatives, shelters, human rights and solidarity organizations from Central America, Mexico and the US met in Mexico DF from 9th to 11th of June to face one of the most painful violations of human rights migrants and their families may suffer: disappearance. The meeting was convened by the Servicio Jesuita al migrante in Mexico and members of the Red Jesuita con migrantes from Central America also took part in it. Read more...

Global - Catholic universities commitment for the environment
(Jul-21-2015)

Catholic universities are expressing their commitment for the environment in a declaration recently launched. They express their commitment "to work regionally and globally through all the means available to and appropriate for our colleges and universities as institutions of higher learning, to study, promote, and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis". You can click here to read and sign up the declaration.

India - Democracy & secularism under Modi
(Jul-21-2015)

Last June saw the release of the report "365 days - democracy and secularism under the Modi regime". This report is an attempt to document the endangered democratic rights of citizens and secular values enshrined in the Constitution of India. The purpose of the document is to make the damage suffered visible. The report has been possible due to the cooperation of many individuals and fraternal organizations working in various states. The Indian Social Institute in Delhi has contributed to spread this document. Cedric Prakash SJ is one of the authors. 

Global - European Parliament voting against the use of conflict minerals
(Jun-18-2015)

An EU wide campaign has resulted in the European Parliament voting in favour of mandatory measures to eradicate the presence of conflict minerals in the supply chain. Among the organizations involved in this battle were some European Jesuit organisations, such as Alboan, Jesuiten Mission and Jesuit Missions. This has been a very important achievement, since, this regulation could benefit thousands of poor people in some of the most fragile and conflict-ridden countries in the developing world. Latin America - Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people
(Jun-18-2015)

Members of the Jesuit Indigenous network in Latin America participated in the Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people that brought them from El Salvador to Mexico denouncing the environmental damages they are suffering and the discrimination they are exposed to in their own countries. They finished with a declaration where they demanded governments, as well as social and religious groups, to defend their rights. 

USA - Commentary on Washington Post by Fr Timothy Kesicki
(Jun-18-2015)

On the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on 23rd May 2015, Fr Timothy Kesicki, President of the Conference of US and Canada, wrote an article on the Washington Post in which he reflects on the situation in Central America today. Fr Kesicki invites the American government to address the root causes of migration and to provide direct assistance that builds the capacity to address humanitarian need, instead of funding the militarization of the borders between the U.S. and Central America.

Global - Newsletter from Edujesuit
(Jun-18-2015)

Edujesuit, the website from the Jesuit network advocating for the right to education (GIAN on Education), launched its first newsletter with news and contents update. They present a report on primary education in the world and show how to join the Global campaign for education. They also include a couple of editorials. The first one reflects about the difficulties in achieving the Millennium Goal on education. The second invites the Ignatian family to network for the right to education. To read the newsletter and to subscribe...

Asia Pacific - Migration network meeting
(Jun-18-2015)

A meeting of the Migration Network in Asia Pacific took place in Jakarta, from April 21 to 23. The previous meeting had resulted in an action plan, and, one year later, the group gathered to see if it had actually worked and what lessons could be learnt from the first year of collaboration. There was clearly a stronger sense of purpose and eagerness. The group agreed that communication had been the most challenging action in the plan. Face-to-face interaction remains the most productive means of communication.  Read more...

USA - Georgetown University divests from coal companies
(Jun-18-2015)

In accordance with the university's mission and existing sustainability practices, Georgetown's board of directors have passed a resolution stating that the university will not make or continue any direct investments of endowment funds in companies whose principal business is mining coal for use in energy production. "The work of understanding and responding to the demands of climate change is urgent and complex...  It requires our most serious attention", says President DeGioia.  To learn more...

Global - Working for alternative ways of development
(Jun-18-2015)

From 20 to 28 of April, 60 persons from Jesuit institutions - universities and social centers - coming from the Latin America, Africa, Europe and the US gathered together in Loyola and Bilbao to discuss about how to promote a more humane economy. The conclusions showed the importance of alternative models of development, sustainable livelihoods and inclusive public policies. You can also see some of the photographs of the meeting. To know more...

Australia - The need for a compassionate refugee policy
(Jun-18-2015)

The recent pushback of Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi immigrant workers by Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia has made it a call to the Jesuits of the region. The challenge of an inhumane policy that has popular support has been felt particularly in Australia. Jesuit Social Services, together with other Catholic organizations, is trying to support asylum seekers, inspire more people to become involved in their defense, provide relevant resources, and create connections between different groups around the country. To learn more...

Ireland - Chronic overcrowding in prisons must end
(Jun-18-2015)

Several critical objectives have not been met in the Irish Prison Service's Strategic Plan 2012-2015, according to the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. Their Advocacy Officer, Eoin Carroll, says there has been "no meaningful reduction of chronic overcrowding in Mountjoy, Cork and Limerick, no cell share risk assessment, no specific strategies for older prisoners or for prisoners on protection". To learn more...

Munich - New Center for environmental ethics and education
(Jun-18-2015)

The Munich School of Philosophy officially opened its new Center for Environmental Ethics and Environmental Education in Munich on Monday, 4th of May. Its task is to examine, among other things, the ethics of resource management and the international justice in addition to the basics of environmental ethics. The Center is part of the Institute for Sociopolitical Research at the College. In the future there will be offered lectures and a close collaboration with the Adult Education Centre in Munich.

Spain - Report on human trafficking
(Jun-18-2015)

Human trafficking is unfortunately becoming a present-day issue. To raise awareness on this reality and to move to action, the Jesuit Migration Service in Spain has released the report "La trata de seres humanos: el negocio del comercio con personas" (Trafficking of human beings: business trade with people). Poverty and lack of economic opportunity make people potential victims of traffickers associated with international criminal organizations. They are vulnerable to false promises of job opportunities in other countries; women and children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for the sex trade; it also includes persons who are trafficked into 'forced' marriages or into any form of forced labor.  

India - Report on vulnerabilities of Half-Widows
(Jun-18-2015)

In order to understand the complexities of the phenomenon of 'half widows', the Indian Social Institute, in collaboration with AMAN Trust, released the research report titled, "Vulnerabilities of Half-Widows of Jammu and Kashmir: Role of the Judiciary, State, Civil Society and Community" at a symposium held on 5th June, 2015. The launch was followed by a discussion with scholars. Read more...