Rome - Conference Social Delegates and GIAN Leaders Meet to Discern and Plan
Between 23 and 27 April, Conference Social delegates and leaders of the four Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks (GIAN) gathered in Rome to discern the universal apostolic preferences for the Society from the social apostolate perspective and to review the progress of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks and their future role. Fr. General participated in two of the sessions and emphasized the need for "a renewed vision of the deep link between social justice, care for the environment, the struggle for peace and faith." Read more...
Africa - Reshaping the Jesuit Africa Social Centres Network (JASCNET)
Jesuits involved in the ministry of the social apostolate in Africa and Madagascar met from 7-10 May in Nairobi, Kenya, to evaluate their work and develop a strategic plan for the next five years. For the past few months Jesuit social centres across the continent have been engaged in a process of evaluating JASCNET - the Jesuit Africa Social Centre's Network. The network was formally established in 2010 to initiate common activities that can contribute to the improvement of the work done by the African social centres, and to reinforce the social apostolate work of the Society of Jesus in Africa. Read more...
Europe - JESC Joins Catholic International Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels
The Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) has joined the joint movement to divest from fossil fuels, along with other Catholic organisations such as Caritas Internationalis, Catholic banks, bishops and others. JESC believes that this is a good opportunity to put our ideals of fighting climate change into practice, in line with Pope Francis's Laudato Si Encyclical on Care for our Common Home. "Pope Francis has invited us to take a prophetic lead in caring for our common home. This is a small but necessary step towards such a goal", said Peter Rožic SJ, JESC Director. Read more...
Africa - JESAM Launches African Jesuit Child Protection and Safeguarding Network
Between 23 and 27 April, the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) launched the African Jesuit Child Protection and Safeguarding Network in Nairobi, Kenya. The programme kicked off with a 2-day workshop in Nairobi on protection and safeguarding for all the major superiors of Africa and Madagascar. The second part entailed a 3-day workshop for child protection officers (CPOs) from Africa and Madagascar. Read more...
Latin America - Jesuits of Latin America Collaborate to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
Facing an escalating humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, Jesuits from the Jesuit Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) met in Panama City on April 11-12, 2018, to discuss the current situation and to develop collaborative proposals for the Jesuit network of CPAL that can address Venezuela's current reality. Following the two-day meeting, the Jesuits in attendance, including CPAL President Fr. Roberto Jaramillo SJ, concluded that there is an increasingly serious and systematic crisis in Venezuela that is generating a worrisome humanitarian emergency, the magnitude of which has not been appropriately recognized or addressed. Read more... Read an article from Fr. Luis Ugalde on the present political situation in Venezuela.
USA - Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference Focuses on Public Health Issues
May 9, 2018 - Loyola University Chicago hosted its fifth annual climate change conference in March, bringing together students, professors, experts from Jesuit universities and partners from across the United States, Canada and the world. "Climate Change and Human Health: 21st Century Challenges" examined how we must continue to work together to address the global challenge of climate change. Gina McCarthy, senior leadership fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former U.S. EPA administrator under President Barack Obama, delivered the keynote address. She highlighted the need to protect public health and the direct effects environmental degradation imparts on humanity's well-being. Read more...
Latin America - Jesuits Denounce Violence in Nicaragua
April 23, 2018 - In response to ongoing protests in Nicaragua and the senseless killing of a Jesuit high school student there, the Jesuits of Central America, the Conference of Provincials of Latin America and the Jesuits of Canada and the U.S. released statements calling for an end to violence in the country after several days of protests to proposed social security legislation. The protests led to the deaths of more than two dozen people. Álvaro Manuel Conrado Davila, a 15-year-old student at Instituto Loyola, the Jesuit High School in Managua, Nicaragua, was among the victims killed while peacefully protesting on April 20. Read more...
Asia Pacific - Chronicling the Struggles of Migrant Workers to Adapt
The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) Migration Network has published a second book. "Settling down: the struggles of migrant workers to adapt" brings together stories and analyses of migrant workers from six different countries in Asia Pacific. The different experiences bring to the surface not only the hardship but also the ingenuity of migrants and the hospitality of host societies. Fr .Benny Juliawan SJ, JCAP Social Apostolate Secretary and the book's editor, says that integrating migrant workers either in the destination or home country is an important area of research that offers a window into interactions between diverse groups of people in a complex migratory setting. Read more... Download the book here.
USA - Fr. Greg Boyle SJ Receives Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award
On April 17, 2018, Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) presented the Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice award to Fr. Greg Boyle SJ, for just this-for taking "seriously what Jesus took seriously." As founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, Fr. Greg has committed his life's work to providing hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. The Holstein Award, established in 2009, annually honours one individual who has demonstrated a significant commitment to leadership for social justice grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Read more...
Latin America - AUSJAL Environment and Sustainability Network strengthens its lines of action
Between 17 and 19 April, the "homólogos" of Red de Ambiente y Sustentabilidad de AUSJAL held a meeting in the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio, Brasil). At the event's opening ceremony, the host university's rector, Fr. Josafá Carlos Siqueira, SJ, AUSJAL president, Fr. Ernesto Cavassa, SJ, and the president of the Conferencia de Provinciales en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL), Fr. Roberto Jaramillo SJ, reflected on the challenges that Pope Francis' Laudato Si' encyclical poses to universities and to the "Red de Homólogos" in particular. Read more...
Africa - Malawian Ecology in Daily Life
The Jesuit Centre of Ecology and Development (JCED) in Malawi focusses on practical interventions through Environment and Food Security (EFS) project in the rural district of Kasungu. The project seeks to build the capacity of the vulnerable smallholder farmers to produce sufficient food for their households while taking care of the environment. It promotes reforestation and the adoption of ceramic energy-efficient stoves in all its projects. JCED has distributed over 23,000 agroforestry tree seedlings to smallholder farmers and planted. And over 2,000 households are now enjoying the economic, health and environmental benefits of the low-carbon-emitting energy-efficient stoves, which were produced and distributed by JCED. Read more...
USA - Climate Change and Human Health: IES-LUC 5th Annual Climate Change Conference
The 21st century challenges of climate change and human health was the focus of the Fifth Annual Climate Change Conference and hosted by the Institute of Environment Sustainability (IES) of Loyola University Chicago (LUC) on 15 and 16 March 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As the changing climate continues to disrupt other countries, the impacts have reached the US as eight consecutive storms that strengthened into powerful hurricanes hit the country last year during a 45-day period. Harvey devastated Houston with rainfall-triggered flooding and cost US$ 125 billion in damages in August 2017, followed by Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm on record to exist in the open Atlantic region that devastated the Florida Keys and left US$ 64.8 billion in damages. Read more...