Paul Chitnis

Frs Pascal, Omondi, Victor (centre), Kizito and Paul Chitnis
Jesuits around the world have condemned the murder of a Kenyan Jesuit priest in Cueibet in South Sudan’s Gok State.Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo, 62, was killed in the early hours of 15th November when six unknown assailants attacked the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet where he lived. The three other Jesuits in the community were in bed at the time of the attack and were unharmed though deeply shocked. Fr Victor was in the TV room when the gunmen broke into the compound. When his...
Jesuit Missions has been working with the MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady (SNP), to highlight the recent violence and repression in Honduras where at least 30 people have been killed. Mr Grady asked the UK Government to explain their response to the human rights’ situation in Honduras where civil society leaders, including a Jesuit priest, have been threatened in the wake of recent presidential elections.Jesuit Missions is working with fellow members of the Xavier Network to raise the issue...
This year’s annual meeting of European delegates to the social apostolate has just taken place in Bilbao.  Nine different provinces were represented, including Paul Chitnis from Jesuit Missions representing Britain.  The theme of the meeting was conversion, presented as being a continuous process.  The challenge in the field of the social apostolate is in getting many inspiring initiatives to work together more. A constant call to conversion is in fostering collaboration within...
By Paul Chitnis, Director of Jesuit MissionsDarjeeling, with its vast tea plantations nestling against the sloping foothills of the Himalayas, is a beautiful region of India. The city itself is spectacular with buildings perched on vertiginously high hills seemingly in defiance of gravity. But its cool climate and Himalayan vistas have a darker side.  The commercialisation of India has led to the closure of many tea plantations.  In some, the tea bushes have been ripped up to be...
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...