social justice

As servants of Christ's mission in Latin America and the Caribbean, from March 4-6, 51 lay people and priests, including 19 Jesuits, from various professional and academic sectors gathered to discuss political solutions to the crisis in Venezuela.They were convened by the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) and received support from the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University in Lima and the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas. The main task of the...
Fr George Pattery SJ, Provincial of South Asia, has organised a petition calling for false charges against Fr Stanislaus to be dropped.Sign the petitionA Jesuit priest accused of sedition has appealed to Indian people to fight a worrying trend that undermines the nation's fundamental principles of socialism, secularism and democracy.Human rights activist Fr Stanislaus Lourdusamy, 82, was charged in a sedition case along with other rights activists last August in what many say was a move to...
The Jesuit Curia in Roma has released a video message from Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for the 50th anniversary of Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES).Beginning its journey in 1969, the Secretariat endeavours to work with people for change to bring the charity and the justice of the Gospel to society and culture. Its members assist Fr General in developing the apostolic mission of the Society, in its dimension for promoting justice and reconciliation...
The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, on 5 December, called on the Minister for Justice to conduct an immediate investigation into why so many people in prison are sleeping on mattresses when the system is supposedly operating at 92-94% capacity.Eoin Carroll, Deputy Director of the Jesuit Centre, said: "The Minister for Justice must now instigate a review to find out why so many people are sleeping on mattresses when the prison estate is operating at 92-94% capacity. The Inspector of Prisons...
Fr Xavier Jeyaraj Sj and Fr Charles Chilufya SJ
The Jesuit Secretariat for Socio-Economic Development was founded in 1969, at a time when such terms were still new, by Superior General Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ. Now called the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, it will commemorate its fiftieth anniversary next year.The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) assists Fr General in delivering the mission of the Society by promoting justice and reconciliation with creation, both at the level of the six Jesuit Conferences (which tend to...
 Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ
Ahead of the upcoming EU Heads of state meeting in Salzburg, Jesuits in Africa and Europe express concern based on original research. Johannes Siebner SJ (Provincial of the German Jesuit Province), Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ (President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar - JCAM), Bernhard Bürgler SJ (Provincial of the Austrian Jesuit Province) were among many of the signatories of a joint letter titled "Flows of migrants, flows of money", a petition for justice.They protest...
OriginsThe Jesuit Fund for Social Justice (JFSJ) was established in 1992 by the then Provincial of the British Jesuits. He intended the Fund to be at the disposal of Jesuits working in Britain in social justice ministry, and to enable other Jesuits to become involved in new social justice works. JFSJ has supported Jesuits in many varied projects: refugee work, homelessness, reconciliation, and much more.Today the social justice work of the Society of Jesus in Britain involves more than...
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...
Inspired by the Spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola
Christian Life Community (CLC) in London has unveiled its plans for growth over the coming year. A particular focus will be on links and partnerships with the wider community, while also continuing to encourage spiritual development in members’ own lives. Writing in the CLC newsletter Focus, Ignacia Arteaga of the Magis Group, says that the arrival of the new London Young Adults chaplain, Michael Dorey, has given them the opportunity to look again at their priorities and ways of...
Standing with Standing Rock: a protest in Washington DC. Wikimedia Commons
Communities and individuals around the world - including several in the UK - are uniting in prayer tomorrow in support of the indigenous people of Standing Rock. And members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) in the United States are physically standing by the Native Americans whose lives are being threatened by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.Writing on the Ignatian Solidarity Network website, Amanda Peters says that as a volunteer with the JVC, she has felt the call to engage in...

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