The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome


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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


Learning in and building up the social sector

Filipe Martins sj (POR)

Strange are the paths of life and God. After having ventured deeper into an adult faith in the Jesuit's Centre for University Chaplaincy in Lisbon, and having spent a year volunteering in Mozambique following the completion of my engineering degree, I entered the Society excited by the opportunity to help others "discover" the same God that I myself had discovered. During the training in Portugal and abroad my apostolic work was always in chaplaincy. Thus it came as no surprise that, on my return to the Province following my ordination, I was tasked with continuing my work in the sector of university chaplaincy and vocation promotion.

While in Ceuta, the Spanish city that borders Morocco, dur...

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