Europe

Jesuits of four provinces in North West Europe – including Britain – are leaving their current ministries from tomorrow to take part in alternative works – known in Jesuit jargon as ‘experiments’. The men – from Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, as well as Britain – will be undertaking this major collaborative initiative in order to reflect on their apostolic priorities for the Society of Jesus over the coming decades.  This collaboration will help the men of the four provinces to...
Almost 3,500 migrants have been killed this year on the Mediterranean Sea as they have attempted to find better lives in Europe, according to figures from the UNHCR. Many of the 207,000 trying to make the crossing on unseaworthy boats have been from Eritrea or Syria. Yet the international community has offered them limited support, says the United Nations’ refugee agency. Italy has suspended its Mare Nostrum sea rescue mission that previously saved lives and the EU’s limited...
Pope Francis has stressed the cura personalis – the care of the ‘whole person’ – in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the realms of technology, education, work and politics, he told parliamentarians that they had a responsibility to respect and support individuals. “Upholding the dignity of the person means ... acknowledging the value of human life, which is freely given us and hence cannot be an object of trade or commerce,” he said....
The number of Jesuit novices in European novitiates has increased by more than 10% in the past year.  The figure from the Vocations Promoters of Europe was shared at the Assembly of European Jesuit Provincials (pictured) held in Ukraine recently.Last autumn, there were 97 novices in Jesuit novitiates; this year, that figure had gone up to 107. “It is hard to know if this is a temporary rise or if something more lasting is happening,” said the...
As voters prepare to take part in elections for the European Parliament tomorrow, Ged Clapson meets a British Jesuit whose ministry is at the heart of Europe.“Politics,” according to Pope Francis, “is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.” His homily at Santa Marta last September would have struck a chord with those Jesuits working at the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) in Brussels, especially when he stated that “a good...