Rome - Conference Coordinators meet
From 22 to 26 April, the social coordinators of the 6 conferences gathered in Rome for their annual meeting at the secretariat. This year, they relooked at the commitments made last year on ecology, reflected on networking that is being developed within the conferences and at the global level. This networking is offering some answers to the common apostolic challenges that go beyond provincial borders, establishing collaborations that lead to initiatives in the field of research or advocacy in defense of the poor, while maintaining a commitment to the local, from which springs the energy and credibility. The sharing on the situation of the GIAN networks at various conferences helped in recognizing the positive growth and also the genuine difficulties encountered in realizing the goal. With the help of Luis Arancibia from Entreculturas and Jorge Cela, President of CPAL, the participants prepared a draft document on networking.
USA - Fordham gets Special NGO Association with United Nations
DRC - Time for US to change its Congo policy
Africa - Call for Ecological Awareness
USA - Earth Day 2013 webisode on Jesuit initiatives and eco-justice
Africa - Jesuit Theologate inaugurates Pope Francis' Park and launches Trees week
USA - Jesuit Conference Welcomes, Seeks to Improve, Immigration Bill
CPAL - Social sector reflects on the reality of Colombia and Venezuela
Spain - Pueblos Unidos launched a report on Detention Centres (CIE)
Latin America - First issue of Migrar, a bulletin from RJM (Jesuit Network w
Living faith with the immigrants
I first met my friend, Raúl, on a Sunday morning after Mass. He was very agitated, anxious; he needed someone to explain things to him. Raúl is a fairly vigorous, sixty-two-year-old Mexican immigrant living in USA, who came over the border back in the middle 1980s, when he received a green card during the amnesty of 1986. Despite having lived here for so long, he knows very little English. He lives an austere, solitary life for the most part; most of what little he earns at a meatpacking plant he sends to his sister and brother in Guanajuato,...