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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


Simplicity - Sustainability - Sharing

Vilaiwan Phokthavi (Kep) - Jesuit Prison Ministry Thailand (TAI)

Mr. Vieng is a strong, 57 year old man from Laos. I knew him in 2009 in the prison in Thailand, where I work for the Jesuit Ministry. Vieng is a very hardworking and humble man who loves planting and gardening. He was arrested in May 1997 for drug trafficking because of his ingenuousness. He tried to defend himself by proclaiming that he had got involved in the situation without really being aware of what he was into, as a result he was sentenced to 40 years.

While he was in prison, he grew vegetables that he offered to his prison mates and also to us who worked there. Vieng always looked f...

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