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Honduras - A Sign-on in defence of truth and democracy
(Dec-2017) 
 

Global - Pope Francis' converses with the Jesuits in Myanmar and Bangladesh
(Dec-2017) 
 

Latin America - A gathering on Integral Ecology in Quito
(Dec-2017) 
 

South Sudan - A Jesuit School in a war-torn country
(Dec-2017) 
 

Canada-US - Caring for our Common home and the most vulnerable
(Dec-2017) 
 

Global - World Inequality Report 2018
(Dec-2017) 
 

USA - Young activists put faith in action for justice
(Dec-2017) 
 

Spain - "Jesuiten Etxea" in Durango celebrates 10 years of welcoming migrants
(Dec-2017) 
 

Europe - Xavier Network launches its website
(Dec-2017) 
 

Global - A statement from Ecojesuit in Bonn COP23
(Dec-2017) 
 

Global - "Healing Earth" wins honours from the Vatican
(Dec-2017) 
 

Asia Pacific - How are you, my love?
(Dec-2017) 
 

Global - Ecology Network advocates for fighting climate change at COP23
(Nov-2017) 
 

US - Canada - An Ecological Examen: Reconciling God, Creation, and Humanity
(Nov-2017) 
 

Latin America - Atlas of Conflicts in the Amazon: Story of abuse, suffering and death
(Nov-2017) 
 

Africa - Fourteen African Jesuit institutions and collaborators join to promote reconciliation
(Nov-2017) 
 

South Asia - Jesuit social activists explore ways to foster harmony
(Nov-2017) 
 

Asia Pacific - Migrant workers come back to their "mother's home"
(Nov-2017) 
 

Latin America - Human Rights and integral ecology network consolidate their action
(Nov-2017) 
 

Global - Catholic institutions announce largest-ever joint divestment from fossil fuels
(Nov-2017) 
 

Global - The Global Red Chair project: Collaboration for global citizenship
(Nov-2017) 
 

Global - Pope Francis announces November 19 as the World Day of the Poor
(Nov-2017) 
 

USA - Kino Border Initiative earns WOLA Human Rights award
(Nov-2017) 
 

Global - First International Congress convenes Jesuit educators
(Nov-2017) 
 

USA - "Dignity Has No Borders": Jesuit Migration Network meeting looks at migration on a regional le
(Nov-2017) 
 

Europe - Social Apostolate Delegates meet to discern on GC36, ecology, spirituality and collaboratio
(Oct-2017) 
 

Global - Building partnerships in water and faith to achieve the SDGs
(Oct-2017) 
 

Asia Pacific - No more dancing houses
(Oct-2017) 
 

Latin America - Fund what is fair: Right to education campaign for Latin America and the Caribbean
(Oct-2017) 
 

Rome - Students of Massimo Institute make a video on climate change
(Oct-2017) 
 

Rome - International Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital world
(Oct-2017) 
 

Africa - The Ignatian Family in Africa trained in promotion of faith, justice and reconciliation
(Oct-2017) 
 

USA - Faith Leaders Call for Justice at St. Louis Interfaith Prayer Service
(Oct-2017) 
 

Latin America - First Regional Meeting of Indigenous Youth
(Oct-2017) 
 

Latin America - RJM-LAC and Campaign for Hospitality
(Oct-2017) 
 

Spain - Cooperation in a Changing World
(Oct-2017) 
 

 

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News


   
Honduras - A Sign-on in defence of truth and democracy

(Dec-2017)

Ever since Honduras went to polls on 26th November, the situation has only gotten worse. A number of signs of grave irregularities in the pre- and post-electoral process have been presented - this is why the Honduran people are in the streets demanding respect for their votes, transparency, and for a recount of all ballots. The current government has responded with repression: a state of siege, curfew, persecution, violence and fatalities. Radio Progreso, for example, one of the most popular radio stations in the country and one of the most committed to the Honduran people, to the truth and to democracy, has suffered a serious attack against its broadcasting facilities in the Tegucigalpa area. Kindly sign the online petition and call for action from UN and other international bodies.

   
Global - Pope Francis' converses with the Jesuits in Myanmar and Bangladesh

(Dec-2017)

From November 26 to December 2, Pope Francis travelled to Myanmar and Bangladesh on his 21st international apostolic voyage. On Wednesday, November 29, following his encounter with the bishops of Myanmar, Pope Francis met 31 Jesuits in the country. Later in Bangladesh, he met 13 more Jesuits on December 1. Read the conversation

   
Latin America - A gathering on Integral Ecology in Quito

(Dec-2017)

In a joint discernment in the light of the encyclical Laudato Si', around 120 delegates gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 23 to 27 November for the first Latin American and Caribbean gathering on integral ecology with the theme Disciples-Missionaries, custodians of creation and discussed concerns on human rights, development models, climate change, the church and mineral governance, and resilience and adaptation of communities to climate change. The seminar activity was undertaken to foster a space for meeting and articulation between different ecclesial actors interested in caring for the common home and sought to encourage, deepen, and guide the meaning and implications of integral ecology, inspired Laudato Si'. Read more ...

   
South Sudan - A Jesuit School in a war-torn country

(Dec-2017)

Loyola Secondary School (LSS) in Wau, South Sudan "serves as a sanctuary for students in an ethnically diverse country, bringing them together for studying and learning. Despite continuing violence, LSS has managed to create a unique space where young men and women can dream of a better future and begin to acquire the skills that will help them construct that future" says its principal, Fr Beatus Mauki SJ. Although the school was established in 1982 by the East African province, the civil war forced the school to close two years after opening and it did not re-open until 2008. Read more ...

   
Canada-US - Caring for our Common home and the most vulnerable

(Dec-2017)

The Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, along with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Catholic and faith-based partners is advocating for U.S. leadership to mitigate climate change and to help poor communities in poor countries to adapt to climate impacts. We are also raising before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and international bodies, the environmental and human rights concerns of local and indigenous peoples surrounding extractive industry projects affecting their lands and natural resources. Read more for Resources, Reports, Statements and Sign-Ons.

   
Global - World Inequality Report 2018

(Dec-2017)

The richest 0.1% of the world's population have increased their combined wealth by as much as the poorest 50% - or 3.8 billion people - since 1980, according to a report detailing the widening gap between the very rich and poor. The World Inequality Report, published on Thursday by French economist Thomas Piketty, warned that inequality had ballooned to "extreme levels" in some countries and said the problem would only get worse unless governments took coordinated action to increase taxes and prevent tax avoidance. Read more...

   
USA - Young activists put faith in action for justice

(Dec-2017)

For two decades, the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice has addressed timely social justice issues in the Catholic context, this year with a focus on racism and immigration. From November 4-6, nearly 2,000 individuals - mainly young adults representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, 49 Jesuit high schools, seven Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools - gathered to hear speakers talk about social justice concerns ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ communities in the Catholic Church to feminism and environmental justice. Read more ...

   
Spain - "Jesuiten Etxea" in Durango celebrates 10 years of welcoming migrants

(Dec-2017)

The Jesuits have been in Durango for about 137 years. In 2007, aware of the growing situation of refugees and migrants, the Jesuit community discerned and decided to start the project of welcoming and integrating migrant people. The main objective was to offer a year of coexistence, training, social incorporation and support for immigrants, men or women. Most of the Jesuits are above 80 years old but they still think about how to restructure the community in the coming years. They are happy, because in these 10 years their home has become the home of 49 Africans who have come to stay in their hearts, they have been loved as they have loved. Their life has enriched each other. Read more ... , Watch a video.

   
Europe - Xavier Network launches its website

(Dec-2017)

The Xavier Network, which comprises 13 Jesuit mission and development organisations across Europe, Canada and Australia, launched its new website on Friday, 1 December. The new website informs people about the work that the Xavier Network does through the collaboration of the members. It is also a portal which links people to the work that each individual Jesuit organisation does. Read more ...

   
Global - A statement from Ecojesuit in Bonn COP23

(Dec-2017)

Ecojesuit, an ecology network of Jesuits and partners from around the world, joined other organizations at COP23 in Bonn to learn from the global process that is responding to the challenges of climate change and its impact on people and the planet, share experiences, communicate urgent concerns from the local to the global, and take greater collaborative action. The Statement says, "In living Laudato Si', social, educational, and pastoral institutions and works are called to be a more decisive witness to and engagement with the cry of the people and the cry of the earth. In reflecting upon the state of the world, we need to discern more deeply our priorities and commitment for more focused collective participation through the Church that cares for creation." Read more...

   
Global - "Healing Earth" wins honours from the Vatican

(Dec-2017)

Healing Earth - a free online textbook in environmental science, ethics, spirituality and action designed for upper level secondary school students, beginning college and university students and adult learners - was one of four receiving the Vatican's Expanded Reason Award. The award, given through a partnership between the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation and the University Francisco de Vitoria in Spain, came with the opportunity to meet the pope, participate in a two-day awards conference and receive a €25,000 ($29,500) honorarium. Dr. Tuchman, dean of Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability says, "Laudato Si' was very important for Healing Earth. It's a good connection and inspiration to this project." Read more ...

   
Asia Pacific - How are you, my love?

(Dec-2017)

How are you, my love/ I hope you are well/ Do not worry about me/ I am getting by." The poignant lyrics of "Kumusta ka aking mahal?" (How are you, my love?) were a fitting end to the concert organised by Yiutsari, the Jesuit migrant centre in Korea. The doleful love song by Freddie Aguilar about missing someone is sung by Filipino migrant workers all over the world. The music of Freddie Aguilar, Schumann-Liszt and Tchaikovsky filled the chapel of the Jesuit Apostolic Center in Seoul on October 14 as professional musicians, Jesuits and migrant workers gathered to thank through music the benefactors and volunteers of Yiutsari. Read more...