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Scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in yesterday’s Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.Addressing the campaigners in Farm Street Church Hall...
Groups of Jesuit relief workers are continuing to access remote communities in Nepal, bringing much needed supplies to communities devastated by the April earthquakes.“We got things moving a bit closer to Tipling village now,” says Fr Samuel Simick SJ. Tipling is a high mountainous area near to the Himalayas, located in the Dhading District of Nepal. There are no proper health care facilities in the area and the Jesuits have been working in Tipling as missionaries for the last four years.“On 7...
Guyana’s new president, 69-year-old retired army general David Granger has been sworn in after his multi-ethnic opposition coalition won the South American country's general elections. The Jesuit Superior in Guyana, which is a Region of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, says he prays the result will mean an end to the racial politics that Guyana has experienced under the previous administration.Guyana's elections commission rejected a demand for a full recount from former President...
The Jesuit Superior in Guyana has advised caution over the result of the country’s General Election. On Thursday, the election board announced that the country’s multi-racial opposition coalition had polled 5,000 more votes than the People’s Progressive party (PPP) led by President Donald Ramotar, which has held power for the past 23 years. However, President Ramotar has challenged the result; and Fr Paul Martin SJ describes the mood in Guyana as still one of uncertainty.“Shops are still closed...
From Fr Jose Jomon SJ of the Nepalese JesuitsThere was another quake of 7.3 magnitude this afternoon in Nepal at around 12. 55 pm local time. According to the reports so far, 35 people were killed and over 1000 were injured due to the fresh quake. At least four people died in Chautara in Sindhupalchok district north of the capital Kathmandu, after several buildings collapsed.The US Geological Survey said that the quake was centered 68 km (about 42 miles) west of the town of Namche Bazar, close...
The people of Guyana voted in National and Regional elections on 11 May, with the Jesuits urging that people move beyond the racial tensions that have marred the electoral process since independence. Guyana is much more than the small coastal strip where the sugar plantations used to be. If the descendants of the slaves brought from Africa and the Indentured labourers brought from India to work on those plantations, could turn their gaze inland, they would recognise that the real wealth of the...
The relief efforts of Jesuit teams in Nepal are continuing, with shelters being constructed, food being distributed and health care - including trauma counselling - being provided.On 5 May, two teachers from of St Xavier’s Jawalakhel accompanied Fr Amrit to Chhap, a village in Kavre district, Jyamdi VDC. Of the original 101 houses only one remains standing, and that has many severe cracks. "It is a mixed village of Tamangs and Thakuris," explains Fr Amrit. "We distributed beaten rice to 84...
One of the lay staff from the Jesuit presbytery in Preston is helping to distribute aid in Nepal following last month's earthquake. Hari Krishnakarki, one of the weekend cooks at St Wilfrid's Church, was visiting family when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck on 25 April. Nothing was heard from him for several days until he was located at the BibekShil Youth project in Bhaktapur, where he was helping the relief efforts."We distributed rice, salt, oil, dal [pulses], noodles, biscuits and Dalmot...
Even as the government has intensified its relief efforts, many interior villages are still cut off from any contact. Tipling, one of villages most severely affected by the quake, was able to receive some help only today through the Nepal Jesuits. Fr Samuel arranged a helicopter through the Indian Army and took relief materials there.Almost all of the 500 or so houses in the village are fully or partially destroyed by the quake. The house where the Jesuits were staying has also collapsed. Five...
Fr Jose Jomon SJ writes from Nepal:At the time of writing this, the number of people who died in the quake has reached 6, 200. The number of injured has crossed more than 13,500.The first phase of the relief work still continues. The Jesuits with the help of its institutions reached out to many more remote villages . The alumni and staff of St Xavier’s School Godavari under the leadership of Fr Jiju, the Principal, went to the upper part of Lamatar VDC, Kavre district and distributed some...

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