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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) 
 

Portugal - IV Ignatian Social Assembly Reflects on Reconciliation
(Apr-2018) 
 

Global - Global Mining Survey Shows Pollution a Concern in Areas where Jesuits Work
(Apr-2018) 
 

Madagascar - Two-day Workshop to Discern Universal Apostolic Preferences
(Apr-2018) 
 

Europe - Discerning Universal and European Preferences
(Apr-2018) 
 

Africa - Joint Apostolic Initiative Between Europe and Africa Madagascar Conferences
(Apr-2018) 
 

Britain - Organising for the Common Good
(Apr-2018) 
 

Asia Pacific - AJCU-AP Commits to Provide Home for Sustainability Concept
(Apr-2018) 
 

Cameroon - Youth from Unemployed to Entrepreneurs
(Apr-2018) 
 

Promotio Iustitiae 125 on Leadership and Governance
(Mar-2018) 
 

Latin America - Meeting of Indigenous Peoples
(Mar-2018) 
 

 

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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...

     

     

GLOBAL - Divestment: Investing in Creation
(Jun-20-2018)

Movements to divest from fossil fuel investments in different parts of the world is gaining momentum. With 70 percent of the carbon driven climate change coming from the use of fossil fuels globally and sustained by 90 corporate and state entities, these carbon majors are responsible for an estimated 65 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions from 1751 to 2013. Drastic reductions are needed and transitions started. As well, there is a need to respond to the human rights abuses occurring in many resource-rich countries in fossil fuel extraction, as well as to the land and water degradation. Read more...

     

     

SOUTH AFRICA - Jesuit Institute facilitates "Care of the Common Home" Workshop
(Jun-20-2018)

People from all over the Archdiocese of Cape Town gathered in the hall of St Anthony's Catholic Church in Langa for a workshop on Laudato Si' - Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. Fittingly, for drought stricken Cape Town, the day of the workshop was cold and wet. The Laudato Si' Committee of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, setup by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, organised the day and entitled it "Care for our Common Home". The committee invited the Jesuit Institute team from Johannesburg to lead the day. The workshop was presented by Jesuit Father Russell Pollitt, director of the Jesuit Institute, and Dr Martin van Nierop, managing director of Gondwana Environmental Solutions. Read more...

     

     

CANADA - "Jesuits Need to be Companions with others in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice"
(Jun-20-2018)

On day one (May 19, 2018) of his first official visit to Canada since being elected Superior General of the Jesuits in late 2016, Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ, started his agenda-packed day at Regis College in Toronto doing something he loves: meeting Jesuits in formation. The 40 men, called Jesuit scholastics, are preparing for the priesthood, a process that can take anywhere from 8-12 years. In his conversation with scholastics, Fr. Sosa said that reconciliation is at the core of a Jesuit's vocation - reconciliation with human beings, with the environment and with the Trinity. He spoke about the need for men in formation to promote justice and be merciful and to live an austere, ecological lifestyle in proximity to the poor. Read more...

     

     

SPAIN - Jesuits Come Together for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees
(Jun-20-2018)

In the framework of the World Refugee Day 2018 (June 20th), organizations of the Social Sector of the Society of Jesus of the Province of Spain, united for the promotion of a culture of solidarity and inclusion for migrants and refugees, will be hosting community walks throughout the Spanish territory in favour of hospitality, cooperation and refugee reception during the month of June. The initiative, called Paths of Hospitality, involves walking symbolic routes among migrants, refugees and the general public, acting as a space of encounter, fraternity, and celebration. Read more...

     

     

USA - Collaboration is the key idea at US-Canada Jesuit Migration Network meeting
(Jun-20-2018)

Individuals from the Jesuit network engaged in ministry, service, education, and research related to the situations of migrants and refugees in the US and Canada gathered in Washington DC in mid-May for a sub-region meeting of the Jesuit Migration Network of Central and North America. Representing more than fifteen Jesuit and partner institutions, the group of staff and faculty met at Georgetown University Law School for a full day of sharing, networking, and brainstorming. The following day, a number of the participants met with US Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill to share perspectives from the network on concerns including root causes of migration, the separation of children from parents as families seek asylum at the US-Mexico border, and the situation of DACA recipients. Read more...

     

     

GLOBAL - The Face of God is a Multicultural Face: Fr Sosa's video interview
(Jun-20-2018)

Jesuit Fr. General Arturo Sosa has recorded an interview with Salt & Light TV in Canada, expressing his desire to see Jesuits fight against cultural homogenisation, and celebrate diversity in each country around the world. "Just as environmental advocates talk about biodiversity, for us, multiculturalism is to be defended", said Fr. Sosa. Fr. Sosa said the Jesuits are "fighting against a tendency to homogenize the world culturally". Among the other topics discussed in the interview, Fr. Sosa spoke about the three aspects of reconciliation that were highlighted at the last General Congregation - reconciliation among human beings, reconciliation with nature and the environment, and reconciliation with God. Read more...

     

     

MADAGASCAR - Reforestation and Care of Creation gives Future to a Nation
(Jun-20-2018)

"Plant trees and support care of Creation to give Madagascar a future". This is the aim of the project of reforestation and training for the sustainable economy carried out in Ikalamavony and Solila by the diocese of Fianarantsoa, along with "Fe y Alegría", an organization born in the fifties of the century to promote education, and "Magis", an NGO of the Italian Jesuits. Madagascar is an island with a vast forest heritage. The endemism rate resulting from this island nation is close to 85%, making most of the animal and plant species unique in the world. Read more...

     

     

EUROPE - Reconciliation at the borders
(Jun-20-2018)

Fr. General Arturo Sosa said recently that "migrations challenge our existence as Christians". If every year four thousand people lose their lives by drowning in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to escape from war and hunger, no great inquiries are needed to find out what the God of the blessings is calling us to. Today we are called to accompany and serve migrants in their journey, sharing our bread with them and making their sufferings and struggles our own. At the same time, we must work to transform a system that depletes the natural resources of the poor, supports authoritarian regimes and feeds armed conflicts, shutting then borders and also its eyes to the millions who are calling at our doors as a consequence of all that. Read more...

     

     

Latin AMERICA - CPAL Launches Campaign to better Understand "Discernment"
(Jun-20-2018)

Taking the words of Fr. Arturo Sosa, "Common discernment is the precondition for apostolic planning at all levels of the organizational structure of the Society of Jesus", the communication office of CPAL has developed an information campaign to raise awareness and understanding more profoundly "discernment". It considers this as a process in which all Jesuits and laity must be deeply committed to carry out the Mission in common. Read more...

     

     

Rome - Conference Social Delegates and GIAN Leaders Meet to Discern and Plan
(May-21-2018)

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...