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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)


From Ireland to Paraguay, and back

Kevin O'Higgins, SJ (PAR)

My arrival in Paraguay in 1986, shortly after my ordination in Dublin, coincided with the release of 'The Mission', a film about the Jesuit Reductions, in which Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons heroically confront the injustices inflicted on the indigenous Guaraní people. The film became somewhat notorious in Paraguay, due to the decision by the Government to prohibit its screening in local cinemas. Supposedly, they feared that it might spark another Jesuit-led revolution! At the time, 'Liberation Theology' was at the height of its influence throughout Latin America. In El Salvador, Archbishop Oscar Romero had been murdered a few years previously. He was just one of thousands of lay people and religious who suffered prison, torture or martyrdom. The mid-80s La...

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