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Children at Makumbi Mission, Zimbabwe
The Jesuit novices based at Manresa House in Birmingham have completed their ‘experiments’ – assignments during which they have experienced faith and justice in action in situations which might be unfamiliar to them, in a variety of apostolic works either at home or overseas. Among the experiments this year in Britain, for example, novice Stephen worked at a hospice where, he said, he found God’s love to be very tangible; Vincent got an insight into parish life in North Wales; while Christopher...
ObituaryPaul Nicholson SJ My friend and colleague Louise Zanré da Silva, who has died suddenly aged 47 as the result of a blood clot, dedicated her life to helping refugees who were entangled in the UK asylum system. She was a tireless and fearsome advocate for their rights and human dignity. Her remarkable grasp of the policy and issues was combined with a genuine love and respect for the individuals she encountered; they were never statistics.Louise was born in Broxburn, West Lothian, to...
Refugees rest in Hungary after fleeing from Syria. Mstyslav Chernov/Creative Commons
The Jesuit Bishop of Aleppo in Syria was one of the participants at a meeting of bishops from the Middle East, southern and western Europe, convened by COMECE (the Conference of European Bishops) to discuss migration. Catholic experts from the field also took part in the meeting in Heiligenkreuz, Austria, entitled 'Facing a crisis with many faces'.A member of the Chaldean-Catholic Church, Bishop Antoine Audo SJ of Aleppo has been a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of...
The following are the current vacancies available at different works of the Jesuits in Britain. Independent Safeguarding Commission memberThe British Jesuits have a well-established Safeguarding Commission which is responsible for the oversight of the Society’s arrangements for the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse.This is an unpaid position but travel expenses are paid. There will be a period of induction and this is an opportunity to use your personal and...
30,000 celebrated Mass with Pope Francis in the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, across the border with Mexico
Pope Francis has celebrated his final Mass in Mexico and has highlighted the plight of thousands of migrants – many of whom face enormous difficulties in their quest for better lives and others who have died in the process of trying. He preached at Mexico's northern border with the United States, and appealed for governments to open their hearts, if not their borders, to the “human tragedy that is forced migration”. On his arrival at Ciudad Juarez to celebrate Mass, Pope Francis knelt...
Safety after a rubber dinghy arrives on a beach on Lesbos, January 2016 (Darrin Zammit Lupi / JRS Europe).
The Jesuits Refugee Service in Europe has launched a new campaign entitled ‘Journeys of Hope’. Through it, JRS Europe aims to highlight the individual voices, hopes and dreams of people seeking a new, safe life in Europe, by recounting their personal stories and experiences.Danielle Vella has travelled all over the world with JRS, accompanying refugees and telling their stories. Danielle, together with Darrin Zammit Lupi, an award-winning photojournalist, have embarked on the journey of hope...
I begin work as the Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK from January 2016. This new phase of my life is in some ways the culmination of a lengthy period of reorientation in which Ignatian Spirituality has been a guiding aid.I join JRS UK following a short contract with the Rome office of JRS International – work which has taken me all over the world, including the Middle East, East Africa and the Western Balkans, visiting projects in field and meeting refugees, staff and...
Children at a JRS-run school for refugees in Lebanon, credit: JRS
Education is a human right and is a way of building peace and development. That was the message from the Jesuit Refugee Service as it launched an ambitious advocacy and fundraising campaign. ‘Mercy in Motion’ is regarded as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy; and it has the active support of Pope Francis.The goal of the ‘Mercy in Motion’ Campaign is to offer educational services to 100,000 more refugees than are currently provided for, because, according to the Director...
Dermot Preston SJ
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland held an Advent Vigil for Refugees on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Margaret’s Westminster.  The feast day also marks the beginning of the Year of Mercy.  Several  hundred people attended during the day for a vigil which included hymns, readings, prayers, testimonies and reflections.Fr Dermot Preston SJ, Jesuit Provincial, was one of the speakers invited to share reflections at the all- day event.  Fr Preston led a...
Refugees tell give their testimonies in the JRS booklet
Refugees of East Africa will be joining staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the region at two events with Pope Francis in Nairobi today and tomorrow. This afternoon, they will be among the delegates when the Pope visits the United Nations Office in Nairobi; tomorrow morning, they will be in attendance at Saint Joseph's parish when he goes to the Kangemi urban slum in the Kenyan capital.Pope Francis started his five-day visit to Africa in Kenya yesterday; he will then go on to Kampala,...

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