Rome - Father General's Speech on Women's Day
Fr Arturo Sosa had a speech on March 8, commemorating the celebration of Women's Day. He thanked Voices of Faith and the Jesuit Refugee Service for inviting him to give an address and remembered that women make a difference in their families and communities, especially in the most remote corners of the world. Read the speech here.
Philippines - Opposing death penalty
The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent disregard or even endorsement," said Philippine Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ in a letter to his fellow Jesuits dated Thursday, February 9. Read more...
Latin America - Online diploma program on advocacy
More than 35 members from social centers and works of the Society of Jesus in Latin America, Caribe and the US will take part in the first online diploma program on advocacy, "From local experience to regional action", which begins in March 2017. The program has been promoted by the Network of social centers of Latin America and is led by CINEP and by the Javeriana university in Colombia. Read more...
USA - Testimony on Policy Challenges Facing Congress
On March 2, four members of the Jesuit network gave voice to the voiceless at a Capitol Hill briefing on criminal justice, environmental justice, immigration and poverty. The panel of experts shared their views on policy challenges and opportunities for the 115th Congress. Hosted by the Jesuit Conference and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the briefing framed policy priorities in light of Catholic and Jesuit principles, grounded in the lived experiences of the people served by Jesuits and their lay colleagues. Read more...
USA - Dakota access pipeline decision found "Morally Unacceptable"
The Jesuits of the U.S., together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct response to President Trump's January 24 Presidential Memorandum urging the Army Corps to expedite the review and approval process. Read more...
Ireland - Irish Province commits to "Flights for Forests"
The Irish Jesuit Province has signed up to participate in Flights for Forests, the carbon-offset programme developed by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. This is one of the results of the Province's decision to commit to reflecting critically on its use of air-travel in response to Pope Francis' invitation to us all to acknowledge our environmental responsibility. Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, producing up to eight percent of the world's total emissions, and air travel continues to rise by four to five percent annually. Read more...
Spain - 2016 Report of Campaign of Hospitality
The Spanish Province, with the help of its social sector, has promoted the Campaign of hospitality with the aim of working as an apostolic body to improve the lives of migrants and refugees. The campaign has launched initiatives for welcoming, raising awareness, and advocacy. It offers protection and accompaniment to all those persons that leave their countries because of war, poverty or environmental degradation. The report covers all the areas of the campaign. You can access the report here.
Asia Pacific - Building the Philippines' first eco-friendly school
Ateneo de Davao University is building a new campus for its senior high school that is being touted as the first environmentally responsible school in the Philippines. The campus has been designed to create a contemporary, sustainable and transformative learning environment following Pope Francis' environmental directives in his encyclical, Laudato Si'. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 15 and the school is expected to be completed in May 2019. Fr Joel E. Tabora SJ, President of Ateneo de Davao University, said that the new school's facilities "will help mould its students to become environmentally aware and ecologically responsible learners". Read more...
Global - Inspiring sustainable lifestyles through the lens
Wishing to contribute to building a strong narrative for deep individual and collective changes, CIDSE (an international global alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies working together for global justice) recently launched its first international photo competition on what people and communities are doing to consume and produce food and energy in a sustainable way. The activity seeks to generate interaction between people's experiences and policy makers, and encourage a path towards a policy landscape that helps people's solutions and innovations to thrive. Read more...
Global - Sharing Laudato Si' online resources
An online site Laudato si'- On care for our common home shares a selection of web-based annotated resources to better understand, apply, and communicate Laudato si'. The site was developed after the encyclical's release in June 2015 and as a huge number of responses quickly flooded the web that included comments, reactions and introductory presentations of the Encyclical. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, now merged in the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since 1 January 2017, hosts the site. Read more...
Rome - "I was in prison and you visited me..." Promotio Iustitiae
This edition of Promotio Iustitiae wishes to pay homage to Jesuits and lay collegues that serve in prisons and to paint a picture of the quite work that they have carried out persistently over many years. The articles that you will find are moving. They encompass the two strands of this prison ministry to include a dedicated and committed ministry, and a contemplative perspective. In their texts, the authors offer a glimpse into the spirituality present in, and necessary for this ministry. They see beyond appearances. They transcend reality and discover in it a mystery of higher love, which lives in the darkest and most hidden corners. Download PDF...
Canada and USA - Concerns about the increase of detention and deportation
On January 25, President Donald Trump issued two Executive Orders that will impact immigrants both in communities across the U.S. and those who approach the southern border seeking refuge from violence. The Jesuits of Canada and the United States have expressed their profound concern about the US Administration's actions to dramatically increase detention and deportation, to further divide the United States from its neighbors, and to disregard the judgment of local authorities when it comes to protecting their communities. Read more... You can access here a second statement from the Jesuit Conference.