Austria - Xavier Network meeting in Vienna
The Xavier Network, a unique collaboration of Jesuit mission offices and development organizations that works with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world, met recently in Austria for its Spring meeting. The network is at a significant moment in its 14-year history following General Congregation 36 and the Encyclicals of Pope Francis. Last week Xavier Network members met in Austria, generously hosted by Jesuiten Mission Austria, to reflect on what these changes mean for their work. The agenda covered a wide range of topics including future strategy, collaboration with other Jesuit networks and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. Read more...
Latin America - SJ Education networks of Guatemala defend the victims of Hogar Asunción
Last March 8th, a fire broke out at the Virgen de la Asunción shelter in southern Guatemala, which resulted in 37 girls and teenagers killed and almost twenty hospitalized. According to early indications, they themselves ignited the fire to protest the human rights violations they were suffering. In the face of tragedy, the educational works of the Society of Jesus and other allied organizations representing thousands of Guatemalan girls, boys, adolescents and young people have issued a statement in which they express their sadness and indignation at the facts. Learn more...
Australia - New project to help boys and men flourish
International Jesuit leader Fr Arturo Sosa has expressed his support for a new Jesuit Social Services programme aimed at tackling violence and helping men and boys build better relationships with those around them. Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards announced the new programme, The Men's Project, at the organisation's annual dinner on March 25, which also celebrated the organization's 40th anniversary. Learn more...
USA - Jesuits and partners come to the aid of deported migrants
Last February, a 35-year-old mother of two in Arizona became one of the first unauthorized migrants deported to Mexico under the Trump administration's immigration crackdown. Her case threw fuel on the debate over administration policy, but for some who minister along the border, the argument was not just political. "It was personal," said Jesuit Father Sean Carroll. Read more...
Africa - JASCNET Seminar on democracy and election knowledge in Africa
The Jesuit Africa Social Centres Network (JASCNET) organized a seminar at Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), Nairobi, from the 15th to the 20th of March 2017, on Democracy and Electoral Knowledge in Africa. The seminar was officially opened by the Director of JASCNET, Fr. Rigobert Minani, and afterwards, Fr Orobator S.J., the new President of Africa and Madagascar, celebrated mass with the participants and welcomed them on behalf of the Jesuits Provincials and Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar. To access the Press Release.
Africa - AJAN launched a book titled AHAPPY
AJAN (African Jesuit AIDS Network) has launched a book titled AJAN HIV and AIDS Prevention Programme for the Youth (AHAPPY). According to Fr Elphege Quenum S.J, Director of AJAN, the manual intends to lead young people to an AIDS free generation, empowering them to make informed and responsible choices and equipping them with knowledge, life skills and values. Learn more...
Spain - First anniversary of Campaign for Hospitality
Following the steps of the Jesuits in Latin America, in January 2016, Jesuit social apostolate organisations in Spain launched the 'Hospitality campaign' covering four areas of action: welcoming, international cooperation, social awareness and advocacy. It aims at protecting the rights and covering the needs of migrants and refugees, where the official system's services prove insufficient. Several social centres have redesigned, reinforced and expanded their reception facilities, offering new places and activities. They have contributed to the dialogue with public institutions and collaborated closely with specialized refugee institutions and citizen solidarity platforms. Jesuit organizations in the Conference of Canada and the US plan to follow this Campaign for Hospitality next year. Learn more...
Europe - EU passes conflict minerals law
On March 16, the European Parlament passed the law on conflict minerals, a regulation that aims to assure that incomes from imports of minerals to the European Union do not fund violations of human rights and armed conflicts in different parts of the world. Several European Jesuit institutions have been advocating for a fair law during the last years. They express their satisfaction, though they think the regulation has its limits. Learn more...
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...