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Networking: a chance to bring local initiatives together
Representatives of international networks engaged in social justice in the Society of Jesus have concluded their meeting in Loyola, Spain, with a call for a comprehensive programme that addresses today’s global challenges: inclusion of the disadvantaged and sustainability of the natural world. More than 50 Jesuits and lay colleagues representing the major world geographic areas in which the Society of Jesus works discussed how they could improve their response to what they called the greatest...
Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown, Guyana
Catholics in Guyana are eagerly looking forward to the reopening of the historic Church of the Sacred Heart in Georgetown. And while the Jesuits in the country see the rebuilding of the church as a sign of what can happen when people come together and work for a common goal, they are also excited by further developments for the Catholic community in Guyana.Formerly staffed by the Jesuits, the wooden, 155-year old Sacred Heart Church was devastated by a blaze that started when electrical...
Jesuits & Friends - issue 92
Pope Francis’ appeal on behalf of migrants is the cover story in the latest edition of Jesuits and Friends, which is published this weekend. Recalling his address to the US Congress to urge people to see the faces and listen to the stories of refugees, rather than to simply think of them as statistics, the winter edition of the magazine considers the Jesuits’ response to the crisis and provides several ideas for action – from direct support of the Jesuit Refugee Service to campaigning and...
Networking for Justice will bring together Jesuit agencies dedicated to the social apostolate from around the world
The Director of Jesuit Missions in London will be one of the participants at an international meeting entitled ‘Networking for Justice’, which will be taking place in Loyola, Spain from 16 – 20 November. Paul Chitnis will be attending this gathering of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), the social coordinators of all of the Apostolic Conferences of the Society of Jesus, members of the Xavier Network, and other global networks from the Society of Jesus’ Social Apostolate. Jesuit...
Devastation at Nueja Ecija in the Philippines, following Typhoon Koppu. (Raphael Bonaso)
The Jesuit relief and development agency in the Philippines, Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) has mounted a relief operation in the region affected by Typhoon Koppu – known locally as Typhoon Lando. Its staff and volunteers are targeting three municipalities in Aurora - Casiguran, Dilasag and Dinalungan – with food and other supplies for communities disrupted over recent days by flooding and power failure. They have succeeded in reaching almost 70% of the 60,000 families affected, despite...
The second Loyola Documentary Film Festival has taken place in Guyana. It is an initiative of the Jesuit-led CatholicTV (CTV) that aims to create and promote awareness among people about socio-economic and cultural issues that affect Guyana as a nation. It allows film-makers and corporate bodies to actively engage in developing the skills and expertise of Guyanese.There were a total of seven entries in the 2015 Film Festival, four produced by amateurs and three from professional film-makers....
Chaplain Fr Simon Ellis accompanied pupils of Mount St Mary's College in Spinkhill, Sheffield, to deliver pieces of low-tech equipment that will make an amazing difference to communities in Zambia.The publication of Pope Francis’ ‘ecology encyclical’ Laudato Si  in June, 2015, could not have been better timed for the 17 staff and pupils at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill, who were preparing for a sustainability partnership visit to their partner school Canisius Secondary in Chikuni...
Fr J. Suman Baxla SJ has just returned from Tipling, a remote community in the Himalayan foothills, which was devastated by the earthquakes earlier this year in Nepal. The Jesuit residence in the village was destroyed, alongside most of the buildings. But the Jesuits have continued to organise relief efforts for its people. Here is his report.God must be crazy to have created a landscape such as Tipling. I wonder if even some of the Nepali nationals know that there is a settlement called...
The Queen has honoured a former pupil of Stonyhurst College in Lancashire with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Edmund Page was among 58 people from 35 Commonwealth countries who received the award, which was set up in honour of Her Majesty’s service to the Commonwealth by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and The Royal Commonwealth Society.Edmund was given the award in recognition of the achievements of the Xavier Project, which he established to...
"This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience yesterday, the day before his encyclical Laudato Si was published. "Mine is an appeal for responsibility ... I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit".The encyclical was launched at a press conference in the Vatican this morning. Among those who gave presentations was Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice...

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