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USA - On the Third Anniversary of Laudato Si', Catholic Institutions Declare "We Are Still In" on th
(Jul-2018) 
 

Global - Vatican launches International Conference on ecology
(Jul-2018) 
 

Japan - "We are here"- fostering solidarity with migrants
(Jul-2018) 
 

UK - Major New Research Institute 'Laudato Si' in Campion Hall
(Jul-2018) 
 

Global - AJCU Launches Migration Research Directory
(Jul-2018) 
 

Latin America - Meeting of the Social Centres Network successfully completed
(Jul-2018) 
 

Zimbabwe - Mbare environment group launches Waste containment area as Typhoid his Mbare
(Jul-2018) 
 

Ireland - Jesuit Curia joins 'Flights for Forests' initiative
(Jul-2018) 
 

USA - Jesuits Denounce Unjust Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Migrant Families
(Jul-2018) 
 

Latin America - Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security
(Jul-2018) 
 

GLOBAL - Jesuits call for cessation of violence, call for Justice in Nicaragua
(Jun-2018) 
 

AFRICA - A choking beast of prey - Mega Mines in Zambia
(Jun-2018) 
 

GLOBAL - Divestment: Investing in Creation
(Jun-2018) 
 

SOUTH AFRICA - Jesuit Institute facilitates "Care of the Common Home" Workshop
(Jun-2018) 
 

CANADA - "Jesuits Need to be Companions with others in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice"
(Jun-2018) 
 

SPAIN - Jesuits Come Together for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees
(Jun-2018) 
 

USA - Collaboration is the key idea at US-Canada Jesuit Migration Network meeting
(Jun-2018) 
 

GLOBAL - The Face of God is a Multicultural Face: Fr Sosa's video interview
(Jun-2018) 
 

MADAGASCAR - Reforestation and Care of Creation gives Future to a Nation
(Jun-2018) 
 

EUROPE - Reconciliation at the borders
(Jun-2018) 
 

Latin AMERICA - CPAL Launches Campaign to better Understand "Discernment"
(Jun-2018) 
 

Rome - Conference Social Delegates and GIAN Leaders Meet to Discern and Plan
(May-2018) 
 

Africa - Reshaping the Jesuit Africa Social Centres Network (JASCNET)
(May-2018) 
 

Europe - JESC Joins Catholic International Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels
(May-2018) 
 

Africa - JESAM Launches African Jesuit Child Protection and Safeguarding Network
(May-2018) 
 

Latin America - Jesuits of Latin America Collaborate to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
(May-2018) 
 

USA - Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference Focuses on Public Health Issues
(May-2018) 
 

Latin America - Jesuits Denounce Violence in Nicaragua
(May-2018) 
 

Asia Pacific - Chronicling the Struggles of Migrant Workers to Adapt
(May-2018) 
 

USA - Fr. Greg Boyle SJ Receives Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award
(May-2018) 
 

Latin America - AUSJAL Environment and Sustainability Network strengthens its lines of action
(May-2018) 
 

Africa - Malawian Ecology in Daily Life
(Apr-2018) 
 

USA - Climate Change and Human Health: IES-LUC 5th Annual Climate Change Conference
(Apr-2018) 
 

Asia Pacific - Helping Marawi Evacuees Rebuild their Community
(Apr-2018) 
 

Latin America - Fe y Alegría Movement is Recognized by Government of Peru
(Apr-2018) 
 

Ireland - 'Laudato Tree' Project Launched in Áras
(Apr-2018) 
 

 

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USA - On the Third Anniversary of Laudato Si', Catholic Institutions Declare "We Are Still In" on th
(Jul-23-2018)

Nearly 600 U.S. Catholic organizations declared that they are "still in" to support the Paris Agreement on the third anniversary of the release of Pope Francis' groundbreaking encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si'. The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, as well as the five U.S. Jesuit provinces were among those to sign on. Other U.S. Jesuit apostolates to sign it included 22 Jesuit colleges and universities; 16 Jesuit high schools; 13 Jesuit parishes; 12 Jesuit communities; the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; the Jesuit Schools Network; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA; and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.. Read more...

     

     

Global - Vatican launches International Conference on ecology
(Jul-23-2018)

An International Conference entitled "Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth" took place in the Vatican on 5 and 6 July. Organized to coincide with the third anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Sì", the event saw the participation of Vatican Officials and climate change experts from all over the world. Almost 10 Jesuits and their collaborators from all 6 Jesuit Conferences, members of Ecojesuits, and professors of Gregorian University took part in the conference. Pope Francis received the participants in an audience in the Sala Clementina on 6th July. In his remarks to the group, Pope Francis said, "Your presence here is a sign of your commitment to take concrete steps to save the planet and the life it sustains". Watch Video, Read more...

     

     

Japan - "We are here"- fostering solidarity with migrants
(Jul-23-2018)

The Jesuit Social Centre Migrant Desk recently joined NGOs from all over Japan for a national convention on migrant rights in the country. Titled "Campaign for Rights of Migrants 2020 - Koko ni iru. I am here; we are here", the convention's theme was an expansion of one of the core concepts of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games - Unity in Diversity. Fr Ando Isamu SJ, Head of the Jesuit Social Centre Migrant Desk, and two other members of the team were among the 150 delegates who gathered in Hokkaido on June 9 and 10 for the convention organised by the Solidarity with Migrants in Japan (SJM) network. Read more...

     

     

UK - Major New Research Institute 'Laudato Si' in Campion Hall
(Jul-23-2018)

The Jesuits in Britain have announced that a new research institute called the Laudato Si' Institute (LSI) is being established at Campion Hall, the Jesuit permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. The LSI will be established during the academic year 2018-2019 and will formally open in September 2019. The aim of the Laudato Si' Institute is to foster interdisciplinary research arising out of the intellectual challenges presented most vividly in Pope Francis' encyclical letter Laudato Si', while being faithful to Ignatian traditions and reflective practice. Read more...

     

     

Global - AJCU Launches Migration Research Directory
(Jul-23-2018)

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has launched its Faculty Migration Research Directory to increase collaborative research between Jesuit institutions of higher education. The new directory is part of the AJCU's efforts to address the pressing issue of migration. It includes searchable categories on a host of research areas related to migration, from acculturation and identity to war and civil conflict. The directory currently includes 200 members. The directory is open-access. There is no sign-up or registration to search this free and open portal, which is updated regularly. Read more...

     

     

Latin America - Meeting of the Social Centres Network successfully completed
(Jul-23-2018)

From Monday 18th till Thursday 21st of June, Loyola House in Padre Hurtado (Chile) housed almost 60 jesuits and lay persons belonging to different networks: CPAL's Social Centres, delegates of Social Apostolate from the provinces, as well as national and regional coordinators of the Jesuit Migration Network. During the first two days of the meeting, each one of these organizations met apart to discuss both the Latin American context in which the social sector of each country has to deploy its activity and the migration flows in the continent, especially with regard to the reality of the Venezuelan people; there was also some pondering over which adjustments need to be made to the "mode of proceeding" and structure of the centres network. Read more...

     

     

Zimbabwe - Mbare environment group launches Waste containment area as Typhoid his Mbare
(Jul-20-2018)

The Team Up to Clean Up Mbare led by Fr Isaac Fernandes SJ, the Parish priest of St Peter's, successfully launched a new and first Waste Containment area slab in a bid to improve waste management. Mbare is one of Harare's oldest suburbs and is highly populated. The opening ceremony of the containment area was held at the Matererini football pitch was lit with a lot of entertaining activities. The containment area aims at deterring community members from throwing litter at open grounds to avoid spreading of diseases and to facilitate smooth refuse collection. Read more...

     

     

Ireland - Jesuit Curia joins 'Flights for Forests' initiative
(Jul-20-2018)

If you have ever calculated your carbon footprint, you will have noticed that the footprint size jumps considerably when you include air travel. A round-trip flight from Europe to the United States, for example, generates about three tonnes of carbon dioxide per person. In total, the average European generates approximately ten tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum. In comparison, someone from a country such as Ethiopia, which is at the forefront of climate change, has a carbon footprint of just 0.1 tonnes. The Irish Jesuit Provincialate has taken the decision to commit to reflecting critically on its own use of air-travel. Read more...

     

     

USA - Jesuits Denounce Unjust Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Migrant Families
(Jul-20-2018)

The Jesuit Conference's Office of Justice and Ecology, along with several other Jesuit organizations, including 11 Jesuit law schools, has denounced the Trump Administration's "morally repugnant" zero tolerance policy that reinforces the criminalization of migration and has already separated thousands of migrant families. In addition to the Jesuit's Office of Justice and Ecology, the statement came from Loyola University Chicago's Center for the Human Rights of Children, the Kino Border Initiative, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and 11 Jesuit law schools. Read more...

     

     

Latin America - Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security
(Jul-20-2018)

Mining is linked to water contamination, deforestation and environmental degradation, as well as conflict and violence due to land grabbing, the fracturing of the social fabric of communities, and human right violations in Honduras. According to survey results, community residents experience high levels of water and food insecurity and limited access to education and health services. Also, they are very concerned about the environmental damage caused by mining, especially to water, and indicate that they do not want mining activities in their communities. Read more...

     

     

GLOBAL - Jesuits call for cessation of violence, call for Justice in Nicaragua
(Jun-20-2018)

Amid the civil unrest and government repression in Nicaragua, the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Nicaragua, the Jesuit University in the capital city of Managua, experienced an attack by para-police early in the morning of Sunday, May 27. Father José Alberto Idiáquez SJ, Rector of the Central American University (whose campus has already been subject to violence and terror several times) has also been under serious threats against his life. Statements have been issued by Fr. Roberto Jaramillo SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Latin America, the Association of Jesuit Latin American Universities (AUSJAL), and the Provincial of the Jesuits' Central American Province who issued a joint statement with the presidents of the Loyola Institute and UCA, Nicaragua. Read more...

     

     

AFRICA - A choking beast of prey - Mega Mines in Zambia
(Jun-20-2018)

"A crouching vicious beast of prey whose snorts grow ever louder as if choking on its painful digestion of human flesh". Thus goes Émile Zola's description of a vast coalmine in his novel Germinal about a mid-nineteenth century coal mining community in northern France. Under Zola's analysis, if the vicious beast is choking, so are the people living in its midst. This is the case with two mining communities I experienced earlier this week, when I accompanied a Zambian Jesuit, Fr. Charles Chilufya SJ, in some fieldwork examining environmental and social degradation caused by large-scale mining. We visited Kankoyo and Chingola, two townships situated approximately 50 km north of Kitwe in the Copperbelt region of northern Zambia. Read more...