Social Justice

David Fernandez SJ, Credit Universidad Iberoamericana
David Fernandez SJ, Rector of the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, gave this challenging speech to the graduating class of the School of Business Administration, on the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Degree Programme.We should not be content with philanthropy but respond to the call of Justice: to question and to bring about change, instead of reinforcing an unjust system or conforming to it."I am grateful to the organisers of this ceremony commemorating the sixtieth...
Philip Harrison SJ, far right
Perched high in the Colombian Andes, the city of Bogotá basks in strong sunlight and is battered by rain in equal measure. It is home to one of three centres for theological formation in Latin America that train young Jesuits preparing for life as a priest or a brother. In this crucial stage of formation, the aim is to cultivate a thorough understanding of our Catholic faith, in such a way that it can give meaning and hope to those we will meet in the many situations in which Jesuits live and...
Chris Krall SJ and a Womble
This Sunday, 14 runners are taking on the challenge of the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions. The funds they raise will support young people struggling to survive in one of the most volatile regions in the world.Late in 2011, thousands fled extreme violence, attacks on civilians and destruction of property in the Sudanese states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. They sought refuge in their newly-formed neighbour, South Sudan. But violence soon caught up with them. In 2013, civil war erupted in...
Schindler's Factory in Krakow Schindler's list installation from wikimedia commons
‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you deserted me?’Tertullian, writing in the 2nd Century, says that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the Church. And, since he was there at the time, I guess we have to take his word for it.One thing that only occurred to me recently: martyrs are only canonized with hindsight, and usually a few hundred years after the event. In any culture, at any time, there are only a very few people with the integrity and foresight to...
American circus showman, P.T. Barnum. Wikipedia Commons
From Antony Egan SJ at the Jesuit Institute South AfricaThe famous American circus showman P T Barnum allegedly said "There's a sucker born every minute!" People are gullible, believing anything so long as you package it correctly, say it loud and often enough, and come across as being authoritative. It's the essence of political, economic and religious fundamentalism, the oxygen of populism, and the root of the violence and xenophobia that plagues our era.Consider xenophobia in its various...
South Africa's Finance Minster, Pravin Gordhan. Flickr
By Russell Pollitt SJ, Director of the Jesuit Institute South AfricaFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan made a strong call to conversion in his 2017 Budget Speech. Quoting Pope Francis he said, “Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart”. He went on to say, “We need to radically transform our economy so that we have a more diversified economy, with more jobs and inclusivity in ownership and participation”....
Refugees Welcome, printed on concrete
Welcome the needyCan our world ever have been more divided than now? In the lifetimes of many of us, we have not known such pain and division. An ugly licence to hate and to exclude is in the air; attitudes and behaviours that are usually, by common consent, unacceptable have been unleashed. It has shockingly become quite alright to despise the other, to embrace selfishness and to act with indifference towards those who come, in need, to us and to our countries. Narrow nationalist populism,...
Join the Pope in prayer every day throughout 2017
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network has been growing and developing in many innovative ways over the past year. The ministry itself continues the work, of many decades, of the Apostleship of Prayer; but there’s a new name, a new energy and new methods of presenting the message. This does not mean that the previous work has been replaced, but developed, not least in the light of so much change and innovation in the world around us.The Second Vatican Council (1962-65)...
Margaret Hassan (Fitzsimons)
Around about this time twelve years ago, you may just remember, the whole country was talking about Margaret Hassan, a middle aged woman from Dublin who worked most of her life as an aid worker in Iraq and, that winter, was tortured and killed on television. Her horrific death brought her fifteen minutes of fame and subsequent oblivion. I want to briefly to remind you of the story of her life, because I believe it is the best expression I know in action of the words of this Gospel.She was born...
James Conway SJ
Only as a Jesuit, could I dared have hoped to have been given so many incredible opportunities to see and experience life in all of its diversity.I write this piece on the tenth anniversary of my ordination. Such milestones punctuate our lives. They help us to pause and look back over the paths we've trodden. I entered the Jesuit novitiate when I was 31 years old and so brought with me a fair amount of lived experience. The thread, or one of them, which connects my life 'before' and...

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