Rome - Publication of Encyclical Laudato Si'
The long awaited Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si' (Be Praised), on the Care for our Common Home, was published during the month of June. The Encyclical is a call to unity-unity in prayer for the environment and for the poor, in the conversion of our hearts and our lifestyles to respect and love everyone and everything given to us by God. On this occasion, Ecojesuit has put up a guidance map to the different parts of the environment encyclical of Pope Francis.
Global - Jesuit universities meet in Melbourne 2015
Following the previous meeting in Mexico 2010, Jesuit Universities from all over the world gather from 8th to 10th of July in Melbourne. The title of the meeting was "Expanding the Jesuit Higher Education Network: Collaborations for Social Justice". They shared several initiatives already active such as higher education for the marginalized, the promotion of social entrepreneurship, a living text on ecology for the use in the universities, etc. They also prepared a video highlighting the contents of the document "Promotion of justice in the universities of the Society", that appeared months ago as Promotio Iustitiae 116.
Global - New e-bulletin from Edujesuit
Edujesuit has launched a new bulletin with the most recent news and editorials. It covers questions such as proposals for financing education for the meeting in Addis Abeba; the need for quality education as a key element in the Education international agenda; the required tax reform to defend human rights. It also includes some voices coming from Syrian refugees in Lebanon and from refugees in Malawi.
Latin America -Social Apostolate meeting in Guayaquil
More than 50 Jesuits and collaborators recently participated in a meeting of Delegates for the Social Apostolate and Directors of Social Centres of the Latin American provinces in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Three main topics were covered. First, spirituality of social action. Second, the need and challenge for finding ways of having greater public and political impact at various levels of society. And third, the urgency of letting "the youth", their reality, their challenges, their capabilities and proposals come through the doors and windows of our apostolic works as true collaborators and just not as the object of our Mission.
Portugal - Third edition of Bgreen, ecological film festival
This project aims to appeal to a strengthened environmental awareness and sustainability, instilling respect for the surrounding nature. The 3rd edition was characterized by the internationalization of the initiative, which allowed for the participation of many young Europeans. Throughout the gala, 22 pre-selected videos from Spain, Norway and Portugal were shown. This year's award was won by a spot named "Lady Lancelot", produced by a group of students from the Norwegian school Vardafjell. To know more about the gala, click here.
Latin America - Meeting of organizations looking for missing migrants
Committees of migrants' relatives, shelters, human rights and solidarity organizations from Central America, Mexico and the US met in Mexico DF from 9th to 11th of June to face one of the most painful violations of human rights migrants and their families may suffer: disappearance. The meeting was convened by the Servicio Jesuita al migrante in Mexico and members of the Red Jesuita con migrantes from Central America also took part in it. Read more...
Global - Catholic universities commitment for the environment
Catholic universities are expressing their commitment for the environment in a declaration recently launched. They express their commitment "to work regionally and globally through all the means available to and appropriate for our colleges and universities as institutions of higher learning, to study, promote, and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis". You can click here to read and sign up the declaration.
India - Democracy & secularism under Modi
Last June saw the release of the report "365 days - democracy and secularism under the Modi regime". This report is an attempt to document the endangered democratic rights of citizens and secular values enshrined in the Constitution of India. The purpose of the document is to make the damage suffered visible. The report has been possible due to the cooperation of many individuals and fraternal organizations working in various states. The Indian Social Institute in Delhi has contributed to spread this document. Cedric Prakash SJ is one of the authors.
Global - European Parliament voting against the use of conflict minerals
An EU wide campaign has resulted in the European Parliament voting in favour of mandatory measures to eradicate the presence of conflict minerals in the supply chain. Among the organizations involved in this battle were some European Jesuit organisations, such as Alboan, Jesuiten Mission and Jesuit Missions. This has been a very important achievement, since, this regulation could benefit thousands of poor people in some of the most fragile and conflict-ridden countries in the developing world. To learn more...
Latin America - Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people
Members of the Jesuit Indigenous network in Latin America participated in the Spiritual walk and meeting of indigenous people that brought them from El Salvador to Mexico denouncing the environmental damages they are suffering and the discrimination they are exposed to in their own countries. They finished with a declaration where they demanded governments, as well as social and religious groups, to defend their rights.
USA - Commentary on Washington Post by Fr Timothy Kesicki
On the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero on 23rd May 2015, Fr Timothy Kesicki, President of the Conference of US and Canada, wrote an article on the Washington Post in which he reflects on the situation in Central America today. Fr Kesicki invites the American government to address the root causes of migration and to provide direct assistance that builds the capacity to address humanitarian need, instead of funding the militarization of the borders between the U.S. and Central America.
Global - Newsletter from Edujesuit
Edujesuit, the website from the Jesuit network advocating for the right to education (GIAN on Education), launched its first newsletter with news and contents update. They present a report on primary education in the world and show how to join the Global campaign for education. They also include a couple of editorials. The first one reflects about the difficulties in achieving the Millennium Goal on education. The second invites the Ignatian family to network for the right to education. To read the newsletter and to subscribe...