Global - SJES 50 Year Jubilee Logo
Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) commemorates its Fiftieth year in 2019 as announced by Fr. General. We is grateful to Elías López, SJ for helping to design the logo with the assistance of Comillas University, Madrid. Logo Explanation: The Cross in the middle of the red circle reflects the faith that is at the heart of our journey of Justice (J) and Reconciliation (R) over the last 50 years. The uneven line below J & R symbolises our journey. The red around the Cross reflects the sacrifice and suffering resulting from our choice, while J & R in green shows the importance of promoting life, renewal and energy.
Guyana - Jesuit School says We Need to Learn from Indigenous to Care for Creation
Within the Central Rupununi region (Guyana), where we live, we have been listening to the hopes, dreams and struggles of the people in the sixteen villages we serve. These communities are predominantly indigenous and the villages are composed of people from two of the nine indigenous nations of Guyana: the Macushi and the Wapichan. The Synod on Amazonia offers an opportunity for a rich dialogue with indigenous peoples. This is something that Pope Francis has been asking from the Church. He urges us to listen to them and their wisdom on how to "live well" in harmony with nature, with God and with others. Read more...
USA - Nine Myths about Immigrants and the American Immigration System
It is not an easy time to be an immigrant in the United States. Leaders at the highest level of government vilify immigrants and those who hope to seek better lives for their families here. Myths and inaccurate political talking points abound. Against this backdrop, the Jesuit Conference's Office of Justice and Ecology and the wider Catholic Church continue to be among the most consistent supporters of immigrants' rights, inspired by our belief that when we welcome a stranger, we welcome Christ himself (Matthew 25:31-46). A response rooted in fact and Catholic social justice teaching accompany each of these nine myths. Read more...
Nepal - Jesuit Social Institute Quenches the Thirst of Indigenous Villages
Thumka Danda is a village located at Roshi Rural Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk District. The villagers have to walk for two or more hours daily to fetch water carrying it on a bamboo-basket in plastic bottles. Nepal JSI helped the village to build a water tank to store, and supplied water to the households by laying pipelines. The 17 water taps erected at various areas of the village brought much cheer to the villagers particularly to children. On 7th January 2019, NJSI inaugurated and handed over the water supply project to the villagers. Read more...
Amazon Synod - New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology
Pope Francis has chosen 2019 to hold a Synod on the Amazon. The subject is without precedent. It is not about creation, water, or even rivers. It is about the Amazon. It is certainly not an internal Church matter, but it is a matter of universal concern. The Synod has been launched and this will be the year. Read more...
Amazon - Jesuits of the Amazonian Preference (BRA) defend indigenous and lay leadership
In the pan-amazonian area, presence of Jesuits has always been highlighted. In fact, last week, in an interview published by Religion Digital, the Cardinal Pedro Barreto, also a Jesuit, defined the Amazon as "the most forgotten area of the planet". In the case of Brazilian Amazon, Jesuits are currently present in different regions, in what the Society of Jesus calls Amazon preference. The members of this preference group, together with lay collaborators, met in Manaus from December 4-7, 2018. Their reflection was about how they express their commitment to the Amazon, and developed an Apostolic Plane for the Preference. Among the issues addressed, as is happening in many meetings during these months, has been the on the Synod on Amazon. Read more...
India - Udayani Makes an Adivasi Woman a Social Activist
Udayani's systematic involvement for nearly two decades is yielding desired results as it moves into formation of Women's local movements and registering them as independent NGOs. One such activist is Basanti Soren who has started Nari Mukhti Chetana Sangathan (Women's Liberative Consciousness Movement). The movement is leaping out from Udayani (awakening) Social Action Forum of Calcutta Jesuits. Read more to know her success story.
Guatemala - The CA Province Expresses Concern over Rule of Law and Democracy
We express our concern about the latest events. As a religious institution, we are at the service of Guatemalan society collaborating in the construction of the Kingdom of God that Jesus Christ entrusted to us with and of which he makes us participants. This Kingdom is one of peace with justice, and concern for the last and the most vulnerable. Jesus advises us in the Gospel not to follow the example of the "kings of the pagans who have subjected them and impose their authority by calling themselves benefactors. Do not be like them among you. On the contrary, let the greatest among you become as the little ones, and the leader as one who serves" (Luke 22, 25-26) and Pope Francis tells us that the search for power at any cost leads to abuse and injustice. Read more...
Asia Pacific - Engaging with Taiwan Aborigines and the Chinese Jesuit Mission
Thirty-seven Scholastics from 15 nationalities (six Vietnamese, five Burmese, four Filipinos, four Indonesians, three Koreans, three Australians, two Thais, two Timorese, two Chinese, an Italian, a Singaporean, a Malaysian, an Indian, a Polish, and a Japanese) participated in the workshop that centred on "Indigenous Ministry and the Mission of the Jesuits in China". Italian Scholastic Cesare Gabriele Sposetti SJ, shared: "As a 'westerner', I never before had the opportunity to meet indigenous cultures. This kind of encounter helped me to have a wider picture of the cultural and human variety of this part of the world". Read more...
Kenya - Migration Flows from Ethiopia to Euorpe: A Conundrum for the EU?
In the months of June and July 2018, Jesuit Hakimani Centre based in Nairobi, Kenya together with Entreculturas, Spain worked on a short research to assess the impact of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) on migrants and refugees enroute to Europe through Ethiopia. The choice of Ethiopia was significant given the fact that the country has committed to the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework; it has also received a sizeable funding to readmit and reintegrate the returnees and to manage refugees & migrants. The agreements between GoE and the EU raise questions on the rights of migrants and their conditions. Read the findings. Read more...
Honduras - Amid threats threatens migrant caravan in Honduras
Hundreds of Hondurans joined the migrant caravan that left San Pedro Sula on 16 January hoping to reach United States. Radio Progreso accompanies the route of the third caravan leaving from Honduras. In their testimonies, the people clearly state that they leave the country because of the situation of violence, insecurity and lack of employment. The already tired young men and women, accompanied by their sons and daughters, reveal the discontent that exists with the current government led by the President Juan Orlando Hernández, questioned by irregular elections held in November 2017. Read more...
Global - Fr. General's video message on the 50th Year of SJES
"In the month of November 4-8, 2019, the secretariat for social justice and ecology will commemorate 50 years of its mission of promoting faith that does justice... The 50th anniversary is an opportune and historic moment - a Kairos moment as expressed in the Bible - for all of us in the Society of Jesus, to renew our commitment to the challenging mission of our vocation: a faith that does justice and seeks the reconciliation between us, with nature and with God. This is not only a time of renewal for our institutions, social centres or for members of social apostolate. It is a moment that must permeate the entire Society of Jesus, all Jesuits and all our partners in the mission that we share with great joy." Listen to the message...