Indonesia - Signing for a cancellation of a karst mining project
Jesuits in Indonesia call to sign a petition for cancellation of a karst mining project (cement factory) in Central Java, which is a populated by a farming community. The project would mean the loss of livelihood for farmers and environmental degradation especially the loss of water sources associated with the karst formation. Link for the petition (in Italian) Link for a documentary on the project (in Indonesian).
Latin America - Competition "Building up sustainable worlds"
The Network of social centers and the Network of universities in Latin America have invited students in the universities of the Society to participate in a competition called "Construyendo mundos sustentables" ("Building up sustainable worlds"), which looks for technologically innovative projects that promote the conservation of the environment and involve interdisciplinary approaches. To know more...
South Asia - Networking for a just society
Fr Stanislaus Jebamalai, present social coordinator of the South Asian Conference, shares in a video how networking is a promising way of addressing today the problems of injustice. The video was recorded during a meeting in Loyola called "Networking for justice" in November last year. Click here to watch the video. Click here to read an article on the video at Jesuit Networking.
Asia Pacific - Deepening ecological action in the Conference
A workshop on Reconciling with Creation took place at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Philippines. 35 participants from 10 countries in Asia Pacific Conference (JCAP) attended the sessions. The GC 36 calls "to care for human and natural environment" and "to develop sustainable ecological and social practices" inspired and affirmed the workshop objectives. As participants worked together and shared experiences, they developed 60 joint actions for strengthening, collaboration, and communication. Read more...
Mexico - Report on migrants in transit in Mexico
A Mexican network defending migrants (Red de Documentación de Organizaciones Defensoras de Migrantes) has recently launched a report about the situation of migrants crossing Mexico toward the US. The report is built on the experiences of migrants that the organizations have served in different parts of Mexico. The Jesuit Service for Migrants in Mexico is part of the network. Access here the report . For the main features of the report...
Global - The future of work
Catholic organizations, movements of trade unions and of cooperatives, and associations of business leaders, issued a joint statement on the future of work at a Global Seminar on "Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy" held in Rome from 2 to 5 May 2016. Several Jesuit organizations were invited to the meeting. Access here the joint statement.
Amazonia - Meeting of indigenous leaders and Church organizations
From June 7th to 10th, nearly 100 indigenous leaders and members of Church organizations from Brazil, Peru and Colombia gathered in Tabatinga (border of the three countries) to speak about land, indigenous cultures, education for the youth and other challenges that they are facing. They agreed on some orientations for the collaboration in between indigenous peoples and the Church and they identified some common strategies. To know more...
Spain - Campaign for hospitality with migrants
Celebrating the World Refugee Day, the social centres of the Spanish Jesuits have released the campaign "Yo Soy Tierra De Acogida". The campaign intends to request from politicians welcoming policies for migrants that defend human rights. This campaign supports also better education to prevent racism and xenophobia. Watch the video of the campaign... To know more...
Global - GIAN Campaign launch: "Rigth to Education, Right to Hope"
The GIAN Network for the right to education, launched on June 9th the campaign "Right to education, right to hope" in order to to highlight the importance of education as a Human Right, deepen on the inequality and inequity situations of education in the world and raise awareness on the responsibility everyone has in its promotion, defense and enforceability. It is intended for children and young people from 4-18 years, teachers and educators from Jesuit educational and social centres, and all those communities and parishes interested in reflecting on the right to education. The Campaign offers in four languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish and French) didactic units for children and youth and activities for grown-ups. The materials are available for free download and work on the GIAN website, http://www.edujesuit.org.
Latin America - Study on borders in Ibero-America
This study analyses the situation of migrants and refugees in 10,000 kilometres of borders in Latin America and Spain and offers proposals to protect them. The study can be consulted at the book "Las migraciones en las fronteras de Iberoamérica" (Migrations at the Borders of Ibero-America). It is an initiative of the "Observatorio Iberoamericano sobre Movilidad Humana, Migraciones y Desarrollo" (OBIMID or Ibero-American Observatory on Human Mobility, Migrations and Development), a network that includes institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain. To learn more.
Vatican - First anniversary of Laudato Si'
Between June 12-19 the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network is partner of Laudato Si' Week celebrating the first anniversary of the Encyclical. Click here for further information or visit the Global Catholic Movement website You can also watch Pope Francis' video on Laudato Si'.
Global - Video: The way you consume affects the world
Julie Edwards, leader of the GIAN network "Justice in Mining" and director of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, shares in a video the objectives of the network and its social and political involvement. The relationship between consumption patterns in the developed world and the violence perpetrated against the underprivileged in mining countries such as Congo, is one of the main issues raised in this intervention. Click here to watch the video: The way you consume affects the world.