The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome


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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)


A Life of Commitment to the Social Apostolate in Venezuela. Interview with Fr. José Ignacio Arrieta

Luis Carlos Díaz. "Centro Gumilla" Venezuela

Father José Ignacio Arrieta is presently living in the province infirmary of the Jesuits of Venezuela. Now 81 years old, he recalls for us the process by which the social sector took shape in Venezuela around the work of Centro Gumilla:

We founded Gumilla in 1968. During those years the two Gumilla groups, one in Caracas and the other in Barquisimeto, spontaneously started to discuss social questions and to act on them. In Barquisimeto we were deeply involved in accompanying the organizing activity of the coffee farmers in the rural areas, while in Caracas we were helping out with popular education and working with specific groups like the trade unions. The creation of the social sector of the Society of Jesu...

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