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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)


Young people excluded from society are worthy of love and have a future

Jerôme Gué (GAL)  


When studying to be an engineer, I was moved by the commitment of the staff of the ATD Fourth World movement, who lived alongside very poor families, struggling side-by-side to realise change for them in society. After classes, I would go to one of these neighbourhoods and help out in the community college which the movement organised with these people. They taught me a great deal about life, they taught me to listen and to be humble. Most of all, I would always return with great joy. I had the feeling that these encounters were guiding me to something profoundly essential. 35 years later, that continues to be the case.

For the last 17 years, I have lived, with my community, in a neighbourhoo...

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