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The Taize service at the Church of St Ignatius, Paris: Donna Schaper
As environmentalists and social justice campaigners continue to assess the success – or otherwise – of the Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21), Jesuits worldwide are reviewing what the deal struck will mean in practice, especially for the poor communities in which they work. Nearly 200 countries took part in the negotiations to strike a climate deal to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020, and to allocate $100 billion a year to developing countries for climate control...
Delegates at COP21 in Paris are aiming for a just and binding agreement over climate change
As COP21 goes into its second week, Pope Francis has invoked the Holy Spirit upon delegates meeting for the Climate Change conference in Paris. In his address after the Angelus yesterday, he prayed for the conference’s success, saying that it was vital for humanity.Speaking to thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said that as he is following the work of the conference closely. He also reiterated the question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si: "What kind of world do we...
Symbolic act of solidarity: shoes from Pope Francis
At the weekend, tens of thousands of people around the world expressed their determination that world leaders meeting at the COP21 talks in Paris take decisive and positive action over climate change. They took to the streets of capital cities including London, but the demonstration in the French capital itself became symbolic, rather than a mass rally.Since gatherings had been cancelled following the terrorist attacks last month, people instead placed pairs of shoes where they would have stood...
Centre Espérance Loyola, Lomé, Togo (Darrin Zammit Lupi/AJAN)
Today, World AIDS Day 2015, the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is backing the pleas of the people living with HIV and is calling for healthcare services at local level to address the needs they raise to be scaled-up. AJAN coordinated research among nearly 900 African people living with HIV, between late 2013 and mid-2015. They found that most of them wanted all treatment for people living with HIV to be made free-of-charge, more easily accessible and constantly available. But additionally,...
Constructing the keyhole garden at The Mount
Pupils of Mount St Mary’s College have constructed a ‘keyhole garden’ at the school in Spinkhill, similar to two they helped install in Zambia earlier this year. The Mount keyhole garden will grow beans, garlic, potatoes, herbs and some fruit.  It will form a unique part of their future partnership with and visits to Zambia. The construction of the keyhole garden in Britain was undertaken with the help of the pupils’ parents and grandparents.  Over the summer, several pupils visited...
Jesuit Missions supporters at the London Climate Change rally
World leaders have gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate change talks. Jesuits and their associates involved in environmental issues worldwide are also in the French capital for the conference that will run between 30 November and 11 December. It is hoped that during this conference nations will reach an agreement to limit emissions in order to prevent global warming surpassing 2C above pre-industrial levels.Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of activists marched around the world to urge action...
Pope Francis is greeted in the Central African Republic, CNA
Pope Francis is due to meet Muslim leaders in the Central African Republic (CAR) today, the final day of his apostolic visit to Africa. He is also scheduled to visit a mosque in the Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui, known as PK5, before concluding his visit with a final Mass.During his visit to the CAR, Pope Francis has called for unity in the country that has been torn by strife between Christians and Muslims, urging its citizens to "avoid the temptation of fear of others".The 78-year-old...
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be...
The Climate Change Rally in London in June, credit: Ben Philipps
This Sunday, 29 November, thousands of people will come together at London’s biggest ever climate event. Among them will be supporters of Jesuit Missions and others from Jesuit works throughout Britain. The rally has been planned to take place just before world leaders meet for major climate change negotiations at a global summit in Paris: the 21st Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP21.The People’s Climate March London will demonstrate how much...
Pope Francis is welcomed to the Kangemi slum in Nairobi
Today, on his final day in Kenya, Pope Francis visited a slum in the heart of Nairobi run by the Jesuits - Kangemi. There are approximately 2.5 million slum dwellers in Nairobi, representing 60% of the city’s population and occupying just 6% of the land. The Pope’s visit to Kangemi was the first event of his day, and, according to Linda Bordoni of Vatican Radio, it was perhaps the most important and poignant. “He has made walking with the poor a top priority of his pontificate right from the...

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