Social Justice

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The mission of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is to encourage all of us to make of ourselves a daily offering to the Lord by means of a simple and easy prayer pathway. For many years we have had this tradition. It comprises the morning offering, available in a variety of formats, a daily prayerful review, keeping in mind the intention that the pope gives to us each month, so that we can unite our prayer to the concerns that are in his heart. His is a global call to transform our prayer...
Pope Francis blesses a man in St Peter's square
I wonder if anyone here remembers Philip (“Doc”) Loretz. He was the first Jesuit doctor in the British Province. Up to the age of 55, he was a GP in the South of England – happily married with children and a successful practice. But, when he was 55, very suddenly and tragically, his wife died. Suddenly he was alone – all the children had left home. And he was bereft – like a boat cut from its moorings and tossed without power or steering into the current of life. And somewhere among all the...
David Fernandez SJ, Credit Universidad Iberoamericana
David Fernandez SJ, Rector of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, gave this challenging speech to the graduating class of the School of Business Administration, on the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Degree Programme.We should not be content with philanthropy but respond to the call of Justice: to question and to bring about change, instead of reinforcing an unjust system or conforming to it."I am grateful to the organisers of this ceremony commemorating the sixtieth...
Philip Harrison SJ, far right
Perched high in the Colombian Andes, the city of Bogotá basks in strong sunlight and is battered by rain in equal measure. It is home to one of three centres for theological formation in Latin America that train young Jesuits preparing for life as a priest or a brother. In this crucial stage of formation, the aim is to cultivate a thorough understanding of our Catholic faith, in such a way that it can give meaning and hope to those we will meet in the many situations in which Jesuits live and...
Chris Krall SJ and a Womble
This Sunday, 14 runners are taking on the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. The funds they raise will support young people struggling to survive in one of the most volatile regions in the world.Late in 2011, thousands fled extreme violence, attacks on civilians and destruction of property in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. They sought refuge in their newly-formed neighbour, South Sudan. But violence soon caught up with them. In 2013, civil war erupted in...
Schindler's Factory in Krakow Schindler's list installation from wikimedia commons
‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’Tertullian, writing in the 2nd Century, says that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the Church. And, since he was there at the time, I guess we have to take his word for it.One thing that only occurred to me recently: martyrs are only canonized with hindsight, and usually a few hundred years after the event. In any culture, at any time, there are only a very few people with the integrity and foresight to...
American circus showman, P.T. Barnum. Wikipedia Commons
From Antony Egan SJ at the Jesuit Institute South AfricaThe famous American circus showman P T Barnum allegedly said "There's a sucker born every minute!" People are gullible, believing anything so long as you package it correctly, say it loud and often enough, and come across as being authoritative. It's the essence of political, economic and religious fundamentalism, the oxygen of populism, and the root of the violence and xenophobia that plagues our era.Consider xenophobia in its various...
South Africa's Finance Minster, Pravin Gordhan. Flickr
By Russell Pollitt SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute South AfricaFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan made a strong call to conversion in his 2017 Budget Speech. Quoting Pope Francis he said, “Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart”. He went on to say, “We need to radically transform our economy so that we have a more diversified economy, with more jobs and inclusivity in ownership and participation”....
Refugees Welcome, printed on concrete
Welcome the needyCan our world ever have been more divided than now? In the lifetimes of many of us, we have not known such pain and division. An ugly licence to hate and to exclude is in the air; attitudes and behaviours that are usually, by common consent, unacceptable have been unleashed. It has shockingly become quite alright to despise the other, to embrace selfishness and to act with indifference towards those who come, in need, to us and to our countries. Narrow nationalist populism,...
Join the Pope in prayer every day throughout 2017
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has been growing and developing in many innovative ways over the past year. The ministry itself continues the work, of many decades, of the Apostleship of Prayer; but there’s a new name, a new energy and new methods of presenting the message. This does not mean that the previous work has been replaced, but developed, not least in the light of so much change and innovation in the world around us.The Second Vatican Council (1962-65)...

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