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...
Global - Laudato Si' and the Path to COP22 Marrakech
The Joint Seminar of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Laudato si' and the Path to COP22 in Marrakech, released their Final Statement that Ecojesuit shares below, urging all the signatories to the Paris Agreement to "move forward together with determination, urgency, shared values and a common global plan" and emphasizing 10 opportunities and priorities. Read more...
Global - A campaign for Conflict-free technology
Conflict-free technology is a campaign launched by the Spanish Jesuit NGO, ALBOAN, to draw attention to the connection between mobile phones, tablets and computers and the war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). At the same time, it raises proposals for collaboration that can help to end the violence. Learn more...
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Global - Jesuit work in the environment
In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society. You can access the issue here. In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José Ignacio García, SJ, chronicles the way the European Conference of the Society of Jesus employs an ecological perspective. Identifying exemplary figures at the origins of the Society who made helpful contributions to the natural sciences either as educators in schools or as missionaries, García elaborates how these early Jesuits were also active participants in various scientific fields, such as botany, entomology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography. Learn more...
Africa - Addressing Leadership and Governance Deficit in Africa
Jesuits and their collaborators gathered at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Nairobi, from the 4th to the 8th of September 2016, to discuss and reflect on issues pertaining to responses governance and leadership deficit in Africa. The aim of the meeting was to reflect on the problems of leadership and governance practices and come up with practical ways of solving problems emanating from leadership and governance deficit in Africa. In addition, the seminar's objective was to help Jesuit Social Centres in Africa to develop guidelines for training modules that would be used in their work. Read more...
France - Welcoming migrants
Jesuit schools in France have sent a review to every student's family about welcoming migrant students in these schools. The review has carefully collected information and provided support and guidance to welcome these students. You can visit the review online.
United Kingdom - Promoting the transition to low-carbon economy
The Jesuits in Britain are among the 130 investors who have written to the leaders of the G20 nations, urging them to ensure the transition to the low-carbon, clean energy economy agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) last year is implemented as quickly as possible. In their letter, the subject of an article in the Financial Times, the investors point out that governments "have a responsibility to work with the private sector to ensure that this transition happens fast enough to catalyse the significant investment required to achieve the Paris Agreement". To know more...
Japan and Korea - Confronting ethnic reconciliation
A group of 34 Jesuits, half of them from Korea and the rest from Japan gathered in Shimonoseki, in the west of Japan from August 23 to 26 to heal wounds occasioned by the worst historical relationship between both countries and to search for closer cooperation. To know more...
Asia Pacific - Flights for Forests
The Jesuits in the Asia Pacific region have initiated a carbon offset scheme to reduce the impact of air travel on the environment. Flights for Forests was presented and approved at the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) assembly in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, in July 2011. "Air travel is a major contributor to global warming, and since our collaboration in the Jesuit mission requires many of us to fly frequently, we seek to mitigate the damage our trips cause to the environment," said Fr Mark Raper SJ, JCAP President. Read more...
USA - Undocumented Students Find a Home at Saint Peter's University
Two years after Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey, opened a center for undocumented students, it continues to be a place of harbor and hope. The Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS), which opened in the fall of 2014, is one of just a few such centers at U.S. universities. Dr. Jennifer Ayala, director of the center and a professor of political science, explained that its mission is "to support the academic work of undocumented students at the university; to shed intellectual light on the political and economic realities of immigration in our world today; and to create a community where undocumented students feel welcome." Learn more...
Asia Pacific - In Motion, videos on refugee stories
"I have a big dream for my son. I myself wish to be an educated man, and I want my son to become one too. I want him to get opportunities that we couldn't get," says Peter, a community organizer from Kachin State, internally displaced in Myanmar. Peter's story is the focus of one of several videos the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has produced as part of its Mercy in Motion campaign, launched on December 8, 2015, at the start of the Holy Year of Mercy. JRS aims to produce 25 videos, each between four and seven minutes long, in which refugees in Africa and Asia share about their past, their journey, their situation in the camp or urban setting and the hope that education gives them. Read more...
Kinshasa - Meeting of the African social apostolate coordinators
African Social Apostolate Coordinators, Directors of the Social Centers and collaborators gathered in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, from 30th July to 4th August, 2016.They shared context analysis of every province and región at political, religious and economic levels. They also focused on issues of leadership and governance, migration, climate change, governance of natural resources and Islam radicalism. Click here to read the press release in English For the French version.