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Promotio Iustitiae 126 on Fundamentalism: Role of Religions for Reconciliation
(Oct-2018) 
 

India - Jesuits alongside the poor to build a fair and respectful nation
(Oct-2018) 
 

Latin America - On behalf of Mother Earth and the community: "Buen Vivir" (Good Living) versus "deve
(Oct-2018) 
 

Europe - The Rediscovering the European Common Good workshop has begun
(Oct-2018) 
 

Global - A Journey of Justice and Reconciliation
(Oct-2018) 
 

Africa - Jesuits Forge New Partnership to Bring Values-Based Education to African Schools
(Oct-2018) 
 

Latin America - Padre Melo, distinguished with a "Champion of Justice" Award
(Oct-2018) 
 

Fe y Alegría International Federation meets in Madrid
(Oct-2018) 
 

Asia Pacific - Encountering hope and faith in the upshot of Japan's great earthquake
(Oct-2018) 
 

Africa - Child Protection Officers meet again in Nairobi to plan
(Oct-2018) 
 

USA - University of San Francisco Hosts "Living Laudato Si' through Climate Action"
(Oct-2018) 
 

India - We stand in solidarity with Stan Swamy and other HR activists
(Sep-2018) 
 

Asia Pacific - Cultivating the Jesuit identity of the social apostolate
(Sep-2018) 
 

Global - Ecojesuits to focus on 'Action for Water: Care and Defend'
(Sep-2018) 
 

Africa & Germany - Jesuits seek EU "Not to fight migrants, but migration root causes"
(Sep-2018) 
 

Colombia - Establishing a Water Institute in Javeriana University
(Sep-2018) 
 

Africa-Madagascar - Social Apostolate launches 5 year Strategic Plan
(Sep-2018) 
 

Canada, Dominical Republic & Haiti - Caribbean Solidarity Tour
(Sep-2018) 
 

Amazon - Jesuit Response to the cry of the Amazon
(Sep-2018) 
 

Ireland - Pope urges Jesuits to help with the healing process
(Sep-2018) 
 

Global - Jesuits debate how to transform the world together
(Sep-2018) 
 

USA-Canada - Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology Issues Statement on EPA Affordable Clean Energy Rule
(Sep-2018) 
 

South Korea - Migration, an issue that hits close to home
(Sep-2018) 
 

Europe - A gift for the homeless
(Sep-2018) 
 

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) 
 

 

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Promotio Iustitiae 126 on Fundamentalism: Role of Religions for Reconciliation
(Oct-19-2018)

In almost every religion, "true-believers" [fundamentalists], claim to protect beliefs from erosion and contamination. Fundamentalism thrives wherever there is stark poverty, simply because these "revivalist" [fundamentalist] movements promise benefits and upliftment, where there is no real hope. In recent years right-wing fanaticism has grown in a very big way especially in Europe and the United States. The present issue of Promotio Iustitiae on Fundamentalism: Role of Religions for Reconciliation looks at this critically from three standpoints: a) from a theoretical perspective; b) from organized religions perspective in different countries; and c) from traditional / indigenous perspective. Read more...

     

     

India - Jesuits alongside the poor to build a fair and respectful nation
(Oct-19-2018)

The Jesuits of South Asia support the cause of the poor and with this spirit have promoted and launched the Lok Manch (People's Forum), a platform of leaders of civil society organizations committed to protecting and promoting the rights of marginalized populations. Thanks to the network established with 92 organizations in 12 Indian states, the religious have reached about 300,000 needy families in urban and rural areas. In a recent seminar organized at the Indian Social Institute (ISI) in Bangalore, titled "Together we make the difference", the associations of Lok Manch reiterated their alliance, citing the challenges that the most marginalized populations face in India. The associations and leaders present talked about the rights (at different levels) and have drawn a "road map" for the years to come. Read more...

     

     

Latin America - On behalf of Mother Earth and the community: "Buen Vivir" (Good Living) versus "deve
(Oct-19-2018)

The XV Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity and Apostolate Network of the Society of Jesus in Latin America took place from August 17th to 22nd, 2018 under the heading: "On Behalf of Mother Earth and the Community: Interreligious Dialogue and 'Buen Vivir' (Good Living) versus 'development'". The meeting was held at the Popol Ja Center for Integral Indigenous Education, in Santa Maria de Chiquimula, four hours away from Guatemala City. Native and Afro-Native people, Jesuits and lay people from 13 countries, from Mexico to Chile, discussed how "Buen Vivir" takes form in indigenous realities, with special focus on women, youth and migrants. The following article is full of reflections, questions, proposals, notes. It is an exercise in narrating ourselves from diversity and interculturalism in order to move together towards a full and fulfilled life. Read more...

     

     

Europe - The Rediscovering the European Common Good workshop has begun
(Oct-19-2018)

The weekend-long spiritual and theological workshop has begun at La Pairelle near Namur (Belgium), entitled "Rediscovering the European Common Good". Over sixty people learn about, discuss, and influence the present and the future of the European continent and the E.U. From the European project as "providential" to the emphasis of virtue in times of crisis, the first day evolved around the insights on the history of the E.U. as well as the focus on a critical migration debate. You can follow the event through photos here. The weekend workshop was introduced by Marie de Saint-Cheron and Martin Maier SJ, representing the co-organizers the Passion for Europe group and the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC). Read more...

     

     

Global - A Journey of Justice and Reconciliation
(Oct-19-2018)

The Jesuit Secretariat for Socio-Economic Development was founded in 1969, at a time when such terms were still new, by Superior General Fr Pedro Arrupe, SJ. Now called the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, will commemorate its fiftieth anniversary next year. The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) assists Fr General in delivering the mission of the Society by promoting justice and reconciliation with creation, both at the level of the six Jesuit Conferences (which tend to represent continents) and Provinces (national level) in the Society of Jesus. It establishes international collaborations between apostolic sectors and pays special attention to the social justice ministries worldwide, including Jesuit Missions and Jesuit Refugee Service. Read more...

     

     

Africa - Jesuits Forge New Partnership to Bring Values-Based Education to African Schools
(Oct-19-2018)

Aegis trust and the Jesuits in Africa have called for African countries to adopt a values-based education that can transform Africa toward peace and justice. Fifteen Jesuit Education Directors from 11 African countries are meeting with the Aegis Trust at Kigali Genocide Memorial - Peace School from 12th to the 14th September, to forge a new partnership to introduce Peace and Values Education in Jesuit schools across Africa. "We Jesuits are convinced that the well-being and future of Africa depend on the way we educate", says Father Charles B. Chilufya, Jesuit Conference of Africa's Director of Justice and Ecology. Read more...

     

     

Latin America - Padre Melo, distinguished with a "Champion of Justice" Award
(Oct-19-2018)

Father Ismael Moreno SJ, affectionately known in Honduras as "Padre Melo", has been distinguished as Champion of Justice, an award given by the North American organization Carecen to human right activists fighting to promote justice and put an end to impunity. "Padre Melo" leads the Reflection, Investigation and Communication Team (ERIC, by its Spanish acronym) as well as Radio Progreso, both of which have their head office in El Progreso Yoro, a city located in the northern part of Honduras. ERIC and Radio Progreso are Jesuit social works. Their activity is focused to the championing of human rights from the vantage point of territories, women, peasant men and women, and youth. Read more...

     

     

Fe y Alegría International Federation meets in Madrid
(Oct-19-2018)

Between 28th September and 1st October, the XLVII International Fe y Alegría Federation Congress was held in Madrid. It was called "Fe y Alegría, a global movement. We educate on the frontiers". The meeting, organized by Entreculturas, organization of Fe y Alegría in Spain, addressed topics such as Fe y Alegría's current and future frontiers, strategies such as the global movement, and the increasingly important approach being done on global citizenship. Father Arturo Sosa SJ, the General of the Society of Jesus, inaugurated the congress highlighting the importance of this international movement in our times of global transformation. Read more...

     

     

Asia Pacific - Encountering hope and faith in the upshot of Japan's great earthquake
(Oct-19-2018)

Students from Jesuit universities in Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Timor-Leste and Japan spent two weeks learning about post-disaster community recovery from the experience of Japan. Through volunteer activities and exchanges with people from the local community, the students studied the progress of the reconstruction and recovery of Iwate Prefecture, badly hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Read more...

     

     

Africa - Child Protection Officers meet again in Nairobi to plan
(Oct-19-2018)

The survey validation workshop began at 8:30 AM with the introduction of the new CPOs for the various houses of formation in the Conference. The JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, welcomed all the 23 CPOs. Citing recent shocking revelations of clergy sexual abuse of minors, Fr. Orobator affirmed JCAM's commitment to the safeguarding and protection of children in all Jesuit institutions in Africa and Madagascar. Furthermore, he noted that JCAM, by its commitment to developing a Conference-wide program and initiative for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, is fulfilling the mandate of GC36 to create a consistent culture of protection in the Society of Jesus. Read more...

     

     

USA - University of San Francisco Hosts "Living Laudato Si' through Climate Action"
(Oct-19-2018)

Catholic leaders, at an event co-hosted by the University of San Francisco and the Global Catholic Climate Movement, joined people from around the world for a three-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Sept. 12-14. The summit, hosted by California Gov. Jerry Brown, highlighted achievements in implementing the Paris Agreement and called on the global community to "take ambition to the next level", the theme of the gathering. The summit coincided with the Season of Creation, a month-long campaign from September 1 through the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4. The campaign calls on Christians from around the world to care for creation by uniting in prayerful reflection and action. Read more...

     

     

India - We stand in solidarity with Stan Swamy and other HR activists
(Sep-21-2018)

On the morning of August 28, 2018, several human rights activists from various parts of the country were arrested and the homes of few others, including an 82 year old Jesuit, Fr. Stan Swamy were raided. Stan, who has fought for the rights of displaced tribals for decades, has fallen foul of the BJP-led central and state governments in India. In July, cases were filed against him and around 20 others, alleging that they incited tension through social media posts and public statements on the Pathalgadhi tribal "self-rule" issue. The raids, were carried out as part of a probe into the violence at Bhima Koregaon - triggered by an event called Elgar Parishad held in Pune on December 31, 2017. Read more...