Asia Pacific - Puskat Film Festival gains momentum with environment theme
This year's Puskat Film Festival received five times more entries than last year, when it was launched by Studio Audio Visual (SAV), Puskat, the Jesuit audio-visual centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. SAV Puskat attributes the increase to promotion of the awards and the relevance of the theme, which is "Environment". SAV Puskat received 110 entries from across the country for this year's film festival. Young filmmakers produced the 35 documentary films and 75 feature films. Read more...
Africa - Message on World AIDS day
Fr Michael Lewis, SJ, President of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar issued a message on World AIDS day last December. He encourages AJAN (African Jesuits AIDS network) to continue the work in this field, and he says that fighting AIDS "is about promoting integral human development, not least among young people, to allow them to live their own lives to the full and to contribute actively to bringing about an AIDS-free society". You can read the full message here.
Europe - "Working Notes" publishes a response to the SJES report "Justice in the Global Economy"
Last February 2016, the Jesuit Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology and for Higher Education in Rome published a Special Report on Justice in the Global Economy that highlights the inter-relationship between environmental justice and economic justice. The latest issue of Working Notes, a journal published by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, in Ireland, is a response to this Report, focusing specifically on two major themes: the changing nature of work and the implications for inequality and social justice, and the unattended fragility of our common home. To learn more...
USA - Jesuit Parishes Urged to Respond to Plight of Refugee Families
On the Feast of the Holy Family (December 30), Jesuit leaders asked their parish communities to consider how they can best respond to the plight of migrants, who often live in vulnerable situations, fearing separation, detention, deportation and limited participation in their communities. In a message scheduled to appear in Jesuit parish bulletins, the nine Jesuit provincials of the U.S. and Canada wrote that Jesuit parishes have "always been a home to the immigrant and the foreigner. Many of our churches were built to care for immigrants, and they remain one of the few Jesuit ministries that serve the public on a daily basis." Read more...
South Asia - Lok Manch defending the rights of the poor
Under the banner of Lok Manch (Peoples' forum), 110 social activists representing 100 grassroots organizations from 12 States, gathered on November 23rd at Ramwadi, Pune, for a three-day national workshop. Lok Manch is envisioned as a movement of/by dalits, adivasis, women, minorities, urban poor and other marginalized communities. The first national workshop held during 6-8 April 2016 focused on the National Food Security Act. It has the purpose of nurturing leadership among the marginalized communities and of enabling them to take responsibility for their own life and destiny. To know more...
Global - Survey for Justice in Mining network
The Justice in Mining network is conducting a survey of mining activity and related issues in communities where Jesuits have a presence. The purpose of the survey is to identify the key concerns around mining and its related impacts in areas where there is a Jesuit presence. The survey will allow the network to create new links, and formulate its strategies for how and where it can assist and/or influence. Click here to know more and contribute to the survey.
Latin America - Jesuit institutions awarded for the defense of human rights
Radio Progreso and ERIC, Jesuit institutions in Honduras, have received an award in a Festival of Cinema and Human Rights in Barcelona. This year the Festival focused on Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries for journalists and human rights activists. On the other hand, a Mexican Centre for philanthropy has awarded Centro Prodh, a Mexican Jesuit NGO, for the work of promotion and defense of human rights of the most vulnerable: women, indigenous, farmers, migrants, human rights activists and victims of social repression.
Europe - Higher Education for Social Transformation
The European Conference has launched a new Jesuit program called "Higher Education for Social Transformation". It involves collaboration between Jesuit higher education institutions across Europe and Jesuit social centers. With this program, the institutions aim to help our societies to discover core values, reflect on them in depth, and find ways to apply them to make the lives of the poor more humane and just. The Steering Committee met for the first time in Brussels on 18 November. The aim was to plan how to move forward these seven areas: Ecology and Environmental Challenges; Economy, Poverty and Ethics; Christian-Muslim Relations; Dialogue Science and Religion; Ignatian Studies; Anthropology; Migrations and Refugees. To know more...
Europe - Limits to mineral imports from countries in conflict
On 22 November, the European Parliament has reached an informal deal on a regulation to stop the financing of armed groups through trade in conflict minerals. The regulation limits imports of minerals extracted in zones of armed conflict or in areas where there human rights are violated. Several Jesuit European NGOs, allied under Xavier Network, have participated in the campaign supporting the approval of the rule. Know more through the webpage of Magis, an NGO of the Italian Province...
USA - Standing with immigrant students and families
Immigrant students and families are fearful for potential policy changes with the new Administration in light of the election rhetoric and early cabinet appointments. Therefore, a few informational conference calls have been coordinated for those offices and personnel, which serve immigrant students in both Higher Education and Secondary/Pre-Secondary to receive briefings and share best practices. In addition, Colleges' Presidents posted a new statement on November 30.
Australia - Jesuit Mission Australia provides aid in flood-ravaged Vietnam
Jesuit Mission Australia is working with local Catholic Church groups to provide urgent emergency response to families affected by severe floods in Central Vietnam. Over 600,000 people have been directly affected by the floods, with an estimated 100,000 houses fully submerged. The torrential rains started on October 13, causing some of the worst floods ever experienced in several provinces. It is believed that water discharged by two large hydropower dams the next day, without adequate warning to communities already battling the heavy rains, added to the severity. Read more ...
Portugal - First Global Citizenship and Integral Ecology meeting
Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira, a Jesuit NGO from Portugal, and the Associação Casa Velha - Ecologia e Espiritualidade promoted the first "Global Citizenship and Integral Ecology" meeting, which took place on 10 November in Lisbon. The aim of the meetingwas to gather different civil society organizations to reflect on various possible paths and cooperative work to join Global Citizenship Education and Integral Ecology. To know more...