Global - Pope Francis meets Popular Movements in Rome
The III World Meeting of Popular Movements with Pope Francis took place in Vatican City, on November 5 2016. The meeting brought together delegates of organizations from around 65 countries around the world, who represent people on the margins of society, including the poor, the unemployed and those who have lost their agricultural land. Pope Francis urged members of the popular movements to lobby their governments to be more welcoming of migrants and to improve programs to ensure their integration into their host societies. Click here for the original version of the pope's speech in Spanish. Read more...
Haiti - Responding to the victims of Matthieu hurricane
On October 3 to 4, hurricane Matthieu caused innumerable damage in several departments in Haiti. They speak about 1.250 casualties (people killed or disappeared), thousands of displaced people and more than half a million people have lost their houses. Most crops have been destroyed. Jesuits in Haiti are offering their services to the victims of this humanitarian crisis and ask for our solidarity with them. Read more...
Canada - Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment
Seven Catholic institutions from across the globe -among others, Canadian Jesuits- announced their decision to divest from fossil fuels on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, with the largest faith-based divestment announcement to date. This latest commitment to divestment highlights the growing momentum towards the practical implementation of the spirit of Pope's Laudato Si'. In it, the Pope warns of the dangers of climate change and argues that "technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels - especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas - needs to be progressively replaced without delay." Read more...
Global - GIAN Right to Education core group meeting
The Core Group of GIAN (Global Ignatian Advocacy Network) for the Right to Education comprised of representatives from different Conferences (CPAL, Europe, JESAM, South Asia, and Canada/USA) and international organisations (Fe y Alegría and JRS) working within the schools, universities and social organisations of the Society of Jesus met from 10 to 13 October 2016 in Madrid (Spain). The group reflected on the current state of global education and discussed how to encourage a more concrete commitment among Jesuit institutions to support the right to a quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. They have shared a declaration. To learn more...
Latin America - Meeting of University Social Responsibility network
The VI meeting of the network for University Social Responsibility of AUSJAL (Jesuit universities in Latin America) took place in the Universidad Ruiz de Montoya, Lima, from October 17 to 19. Among other activities, they had a pannel on "University and Social Justice", and an address on "Social Responsibility in Jesuit Universities" from Fr Ivo Follmann. Read more...
USA - Ignatian Teach-In 2016
Over 1,800 individuals gathered at the 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 12-14 in Washington, D.C. A significant portion of attendees are young people, ages 16-22, representing Jesuit and other Catholic institutions from across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is an annual gathering in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. They gather each year in the spirit of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, using their lives and ministry as inspiration for discovering the injustices of today and how we might engage in them. Learn more...
Latin America - XLVI International Congress of Fe y Alegría
Last October 20 to 23 the XLVI International Congress of Fe y Alegría was held in Lima, Peru, with the title "Education, citizenship, peace culture and the youth". There were students and educators from 21 countries in Latin America and Africa where Fe y Alegría is present. Among other issues, they studied training programs they are running on citizenship, and they also evaluated the challenges the youth are facing to develop a peace culture. Read more...
USA - Fr. James Martin, SJ, building bridges with the LGBT Community
From the very first days of his papacy, Pope Francis has called on both Catholics and the Catholic hierarchy to share God's merciful love by building bridges and tearing down walls. Fr. James Martin, SJ, editor at large of America magazine, expanded on that theme during an Oct. 30 speech before New Ways Ministry, a group that advocates for, and ministers to, LGBT Catholics, by outlining specific ways that the Church and the LGBT community could build a "two-way bridge." Read more...
Nepal - Rebuilding from the rubble
Reconstruction efforts are gathering pace in Nepal more than a year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on April 25, 2015, causing massive destruction of infrastructure and killing more than 9,000 people. The Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI) has been actively involved in relief and rehabilitation work and is now concentrating its efforts on supporting the building and rebuilding of schools, hostels, houses and women's shelters in different districts. You can find here the reconstructions efforts that the NJSI has undertaken. See also an article with a short summary.
Bukavu - 20th Anniversary of the death of Arch. Christophe Munzihirwa SJ
The Archbishop of the diocese of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mgr Christophe Munzihirwa SJ, who raised awareness in the international community, about the conditions of the refugees in Rwanda, was assassinated in October 1996. This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of his martyrdom. Bishop Munzihirwa raised his voice against injustice and the war that was producing millions of deaths in the Great Lakes region. Read more...
Rome - Pope prays in November for refugees and displaced people
The "Pope video" in November addresses the problem of refugees and displaced people, one of the major crisis that the world is facing in these last years. The Pope prays that the countries, which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees, may find support for their efforts, which show solidarity. The video has been prepared by the "Pope's worldwide prayer network", in this case with the help and consultation of JRS. You can watch the video here.
Global - The Potential of Jesuit Networking
...Interconnection is the new context in which to understand the world and discern our mission. Have you ever thought what would happen, if the works of the Society of Jesus could coordinate to create a global common project? Are you aware of the possibilities that concerted action offers to organizations like ours, present in many countries? Do you imagine the advantages that derive from this in the service of faith and the promotion of justice? These are only some of the questions that lie behind the proliferation of the international networks we have been witnessing in the past few years throughout the broad apostolic body of the Society of Jesus, some of which we have been evaluating these days. To learn more...