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Rome - Jesuit Yearbook 2015 on 'Society of Jesus and Ecology'
(Dec-2014) 
 

El Salvador - Twenty fifth anniversary of UCA martyrs
(Nov-2014) 
 

Africa - Jesuits Social Centers Network (JASCNET)
(Nov-2014) 
 

Nairobi - Announcing the AJAN Resource Centre
(Nov-2014) 
 

Myanmar - Being companions to indigenous peoples
(Nov-2014) 
 

Australia - Networking for good governance of natural resources
(Nov-2014) 
 

Europe - Stockholm dialogue on sustainability science and values
(Nov-2014) 
 

Spain - GIAN Education calls for equality, quality and access to education for all
(Nov-2014) 
 

Canada - GNMR Europe meets with Canada on Conflict Minerals
(Nov-2014) 
 

Europe - Church leaders call for EU rules on conflict resources to be binding and consistent
(Nov-2014) 
 

South Asia - Around 100 Jesuit Social Activists gather for their 19th Triennial Convention
(Oct-2014) 
 

Promotio Iustitiae 116 - Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society
(Oct-2014) 
 

USA - Protection of migrant children from Central America
(Oct-2014) 
 

Latin America - Collaboration in national borders
(Oct-2014) 
 

Philippines - Jesuit universities in Asia Pacific meet
(Oct-2014) 
 

South Africa - Coming together with others for others
(Oct-2014) 
 

USA - Reintegration of persons released from prisons
(Oct-2014) 
 

Rome - Impacts of mining
(Oct-2014) 
 

Great Britain - Statement on Climate Change
(Oct-2014) 
 

Asia Pacific - Social Apostolate annual meeting in Manila
(Sep-2014) 
 

Mexico - Latin American network of Indigenous solidarity
(Sep-2014) 
 

India - Province social coordinators decide to network on two Rights issues
(Sep-2014) 
 

USA - Just Sustainability: hope for the commons
(Sep-2014) 
 

GNMR Update - Responding to equity and sustainability concerns
(Sep-2014) 
 

Africa - AJAN containing the spread of Ebola
(Sep-2014) 
 

Europe - Immigration detention
(Sep-2014) 
 

Asia Pacific - Creating a migration network
(Jul-2014) 
 

Europe - Social Week, volunteering and the public good
(Jul-2014) 
 

India - Jesuit Social Centre nominated to monitor Food Distribution in the State
(Jul-2014) 
 

India - Darjeeling Jesuits to the rescue of starving tea estate workers
(Jul-2014) 
 

Latin America - Meeting of the Jesuit Network for Migrants (RJM)
(Jul-2014) 
 

Latin America - Meeting of Directors of Social Centres and Social Coordinators
(Jul-2014) 
 

US - Mario Serrano, SJ honoured for work with Stateless Dominicans
(Jul-2014) 
 

US - Renovated Jesuit Warming Center inaugurated
(Jul-2014) 
 

Afghanistan JRS Country director kidnapped 34km from Herat city
(Jun-2014) 
 

Rome - New Promotio Iustitiae: "Decree 4 (1975) on Faith and Justice: Looking towards 40th year
(Jun-2014) 
 

 

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Rome - Jesuit Yearbook 2015 on 'Society of Jesus and Ecology'
(Dec-18-2014)

'Open your eyes... and see things anew' is an invitation to watch the present world as creation, a place where we can meet God and aknowledge Him in all his creautures. The new Yearbook of the Society of Jesus dedicates a special section to the major theme of the problem of ecology, that has become ever more urgent in today. The twelve articles written from various perspectives, explain with examples the immensity of the problem that we confront today and how we can act in concrete ways to limit damage to our environment.

     

     

El Salvador - Twenty fifth anniversary of UCA martyrs
(Nov-19-2014)

November 16, 2014, marked twenty-five years since Ignacio Ellacuría, 5 other Jesuit companions and their housekeeper Julia Elba Ramos and her 15-year-old daughter Celina, were murdered at the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador. The legacy of the Jesuit martyrs significantly influenced the Church and the Jesuit community around the world. Jesuit institutions, particularly UCA, and Jesuit communities all over world are commemorating the 25th anniversary in unique ways through exhibitions, processions, prayer services, seminars, discussions, vigils etc. In El Salvador itself lots of programs are going on throughout November, in memory of the martyrs. On Sunday 16th November, a special Eucharist was celebrated inside the crypt of the Cathedral. Click here to read the list of UCA programs.

     

     

Africa - Jesuits Social Centers Network (JASCNET)
(Nov-19-2014)

From 15 to 19 October 2014, the JASCNET, in collaboration with the Arrupe Center for Research and Training, organized a seminar on "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) in Africa. This seminar is the second organized under the theme "Governance of Natural Resources", one of the strategic emphases of the JASCNET program. The first seminar on this subject took place in June 2013 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). JASCNET had planned to hold the second in October 2014, again in Lubumbashi. But because of the turmoil caused by the fear of Ebola in the DRC, it was relocated, and took place in Nairobi, Kenya at the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations. Click here to read the press note.

     

     

Nairobi - Announcing the AJAN Resource Centre
(Nov-19-2014)

The AJAN Resource Centre (ARC) is a hub of information and resourceful materials on HIV and AIDS. It is an initiative of the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) whose headquarters are situated in Kangemi, Nairobi. AJAN is under the auspices of the Jesuits of the African Assistancy. The AJAN Resource Centre's purpose is to provide access to information on various topics on HIV and AIDS and other related illnesses. Click here to view the newsletter online.

     

     

Myanmar - Being companions to indigenous peoples
(Nov-19-2014)

The Jesuit Companions in Indigenous Ministry meeting held in Phekon, Myanmar from September 19-24 provided its participants with fresh opportunities to reflect on their own contexts. At the end of the meeting, Philip Mang Lam, a young Chin Jesuit Scholastic shared his conviction, "Even though most people see city life as a better way of life, I believe indigenous way of life is a still a better way of life because we live in harmony with nature, with the cycle of life." Participants also felt the stories and traditional wisdom had to be remembered and shared with others and preserved for the next generation. Read more...

     

     

Australia - Networking for good governance of natural resources
(Nov-19-2014)

Issues of equity and sustainability in mining projects are receiving greater scrutiny from Jesuit entities and individuals worldwide through the growth of the Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network. The GNMR Network, led by Julie Edwards, chief executive of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, connects members of the Jesuit community who are active in protecting the rights of communities affected by mining or who have a particular interest in the field. The network allows collaboration on advocacy, as well as the sharing of expertise, experience and ideas. Read more...

     

     

Europe - Stockholm dialogue on sustainability science and values
(Nov-19-2014)

The Stockholm Dialogue on sustainability science and values is an exploration of a global conversation that intends to contribute to the shifting of minds and hearts for a sustainable world. The dialogue works with the reality of the planetary boundaries, the boundaries on the landscape, and sustainable development goals that we want to achieve. The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology has prepared a brochure and has taken the dialogue to its next stage of discussion with some Spanish Jesuit universities and German scientists in Namur, Belgium. Read more...

     

     

Spain - GIAN Education calls for equality, quality and access to education for all
(Nov-19-2014)

GIAN-Education held its core group meeting between October 29th and 31st in Madrid and emphasized that 'equality, quality and access' are some of the next global education goals. Keeping the 58 million children who cannot attend school and the 250 million that attend school but are not learning basic skill, they say "aware of our limitations and weaknesses, but convinced of our enormous possibilities and responsibilities, our goal is to strengthen and move forward the building of a global Ignatian network to defend the right to education for all. The group plans to carry out a global awareness campaign in our SJ institutions, design and implement a public advocacy strategy and have a website to connect with interested persons and institutions. Read more...

     

     

Canada - GNMR Europe meets with Canada on Conflict Minerals
(Nov-19-2014)

Fulfilling a long standing commitment, GNMR-Europe (Jesuit European Social Centre-Brussels; ALBOAN-Bilbao; and Jesuit Missions-London) met with Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) and Dr Fernando Serrano from St. Louis, USA in Toronto on 20th and 21st October. The central concern of the meeting was 'conflict minerals' - tin, tungsten and tantalum, the three Ts, and gold - and the steps being taken to regulate them in the US and Europe. The team met with a number of Canadian civil society organisations exploring different ways of making Canadian extractive companies accountable for their actions and to make companies and governments set up systems to monitor supply chains to ensure that conflict minerals are not fraudulently labelled as 'conflict free'.

     

     

Europe - Church leaders call for EU rules on conflict resources to be binding and consistent
(Nov-19-2014)

Brussels, Oct 14, 2014: As the European Parliament prepares to debate legislation on responsible mineral sourcing (conflict minerals), 70 Catholic bishops from around the world are urging the EU to make the legislation's requirements consistent in scope and binding for companies, rather than the current voluntary approach. In a joint statement, the international alliance of Catholic development agencies warns that European citizens expect guarantees that they are not complicit in financing conflict and human rights abuses. Read more...

     

     

South Asia - Around 100 Jesuit Social Activists gather for their 19th Triennial Convention
(Oct-16-2014)

Between October 9 and 12, around 100 Jesuits from the social apostolate of all the 18 Provinces and 2 regions of South Asia came together in Bhopal, Central India for their 19th triennial convention. Its theme was: "40 years of GC 32 D 4: Challenges and Responses, Achievements and Failures, Hopes and Opportunities." Along with the outgoing president of the Conference, Fr. Edward Mudavassery SJ, some of the veteran Jesuit social activists who began living out the challenges of decree 4 were present on this occasion to trace the past and to remember the landmarks; to discern the present and to deepen the commitment; and to look at the signs of the time and find ways to face the challenges of today's globalized world. A few lay, tribal, women social activists challenged and invited the Jesuits to network, collaborate, and build a responsible civil society today. read more...

     

     

Promotio Iustitiae 116 - Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society
(Oct-16-2014)

This document invites the reader to reflect upon the rich background and understanding of justice and its role in the Jesuit university. The text surveys both the general orientations and the concrete practices that Jesuit universities are developing in different parts of the world. The purpose of this text is to help the universities to continue to deepen their commitment to working for justice. It is hoped that it will be used for personal reading and consultation, as well as for consideration and debate in faculty bodies, working groups, councils, and administrative offices. Promotio Iustitiae 116.