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Patrice has worked as a child miner in the DRC since he was eight: Jesuit Missions
The Jesuit Refugee Service and the Jesuit European Social Centre have welcomed a move announced this week by the European Union (EU) to clean up Europe’s trade in minerals; but they have also criticised negotiations for a new law on so-called 'conflict minerals' as “half-hearted”, with too many concessions and loopholes. The proposed Regulation is meant to ensure that minerals entering the EU do not finance conflict or human rights violations, requiring certain EU...
A child in a JRS after school programme, northern Ethiopia (Christian Fuchs/JRS USA))
The Jesuit Refugee Service has added its voice to an international call by Catholic agencies to governments to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants, ahead of Universal Children's Day this Sunday (20 November).  The organisations – which include Caritas Internationalis and Pax Christi International – say they stand in solidarity with all children on the move whose rights to live, learn and flourish are compromised.“We are living a critical moment in...
Fr General Sosa presides at the Mass of Thanksgiving in Rome
The business of the 36th General Congregation (known as Ad Negotia) has now resumed, after the celebration of the Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Before the Eucharist began, the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus prayed silently upstairs in the chapel of the Rooms of St Ignatius. Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, who was elected as the Society’s 31st General last Friday, was then presented with two books: The Formula of the Institute and The Constitutions of the Society...
This JRS project in Aleppo brings children of different religious backgrounds together: JRS
To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace (today), Catholic and Muslim leaders have issued a joint statement, calling upon all governments, religious institutions, and people of good will to work together in addressing the root causes of forced migration. The faith organisations recognise the Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis, and the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca as opportunities to stand in solidarity and to call on the international community to share the responsibility...
Pope Francis addresses Jesuit alumni in Rome, September 2016
Last week, members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae met in the Vatican to participate in a conference entitled “Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act”. Among the British delegates attending the conference were Fr Kevin Fox SJ, Superior of the Jesuit Community in Boscombe, Dorset, and Bernard Thompson, the Director of the British Jesuit Alumni Charitable Trust and a former President of the World Union of Jesuit...
Cooking for 10,000: the JRS kitchen in western Aleppo. BBC screenshot
The ceasefire in Syria has now been in force for several days. But is humanitarian aid getting through to the people who need it most?As the focus turns to how agencies are getting desperately needed food and other supplies to areas hit hard by the conflict, the BBC's Middle East Correspondent, Jeremy Bowen, reports on aid agencies' efforts. He says that the east of the city of Aleppo, which has been deliberately cut off by government forces, is in the greatest need. But he starts his...
A Syrian mother and child in Macedonia, Greece. Public Domain/flickr
The Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community is among the 200+ religious leaders who have written to the Prime Minister, urging her to relax the UK’s immigration rules so that refugees from Syria and other areas can be reunited with their families. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ joined the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger and Muslim Council of Britain secretary general Harun Rashid Khan and other representatives from the Buddhist,...
Syrian children at a JRS class in Lebanon's Bekka Valley. Credit: Don Doll SJ/JRS
Leaders from across the world will be gathering at the UN Headquarters in New York later this month for the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants (19 September) and the US Leaders’ Summit on Refugees (20 September). Among the items on their agendas will be policies and commitments that can create significant change in the lives of displaced children who are currently out of school.In anticipation of the Summits, Jesuit Refugee Service in the USA – as part of the...
It is difficult to put into words the look of utter fatigue on a woman’s face after spending the night sleeping on different buses because she has nowhere to go. Or the joy in her voice when after a week of being hosted in a community of female religious exclaims that through the friendship and welcome they have offered she has found her family again. And yet, these are the stories that we encounter every day at JRS. Behind each story is a human being with a unique past, hopes and fears...
Bike Collage JRS UK
It’s only 54 miles...Ten Jesuits and friends are cycling from London to Brighton on August 6th to raise money to help refugees in the UK.“Some of us cycle a lot, some of us cycle a little... we enjoy biking around the cities we have lived in and in London where we live now. We got talking about what we as Jesuits, colleagues, family and friends could do for the refugees who come to JRS. It's a long ride of 54 miles and we will be a bit sore the next day, but we will have a good...

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