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A colloquium will take place in Rome tomorrow to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the foundation of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See's Press Office, will discuss the challenges of the reception of refugees with Fr Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in an event co-organised by JRS International and Centro Astalli entitled Hospitality on the frontiers.The colloquium will be an opportunity to explore the concept of refugee...
Zerene Haddad of JRS Syria and Fr Dominic Robinson at a food bank in Lebanon
“Why don’t you come out to Lebanon to see where the money is going?”.  So suggested Zerene Haddad, the dynamic young regional co-ordinator of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the Middle East.  Zerene was visiting London in July and called in at Farm Street, the Jesuit parish and centre in the heart of London, to see how our Aid for Syria appeal was going. The Farm Street Aid for Syria project began in April with three aims.  Firstly, to pray for peace and reconciliation...
Bishop-elect of Salford, John Arnold, has visited Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) staff in Cambodia in his role as Chairman of CAFOD. The Auxiliary Bishop in Westminster visited the country to observe how CAFOD’s partners are working to improve the lives of those affected by poverty. He says he experienced a country which is still recovering from Pol Pot’s oppressive regime of the 1970s and where the work of CAFOD and its partners has become so important in helping people work towards...
The Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta has been named as one of three finalists shortlisted for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014. Meeting yesterday (26 August) in Prague, the panel that selects the prize winner also named B'Tselem, which works in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, defending the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians, and Azerbaijani human rights activist Anar Mammadli.The Václav Havel Award for Human Rights is an international award established in 2013...
Despite personal risk, Jesuits continue to lead and serve in war-torn areas of the world. Why is this? And what can we learn from their approach?In a video produced by the Ignatian Network (IN), Syrian Jesuit Tony Homsy SJ—who knew the murdered Jesuit Fr  Frans van der Lugt SJ (pictured) —reveals his own hopes and fears as he returns to his home country after a six year absence.We also hear from an American Jesuit who has been in Amman, Jordan for years, and who argues a...
The Jesuit Superior General, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, has appointed Fr Thomas Smolich SJ as the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). He will take over from Fr Peter Balleis SJ in November 2015.Fr Smolich has been President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States for the past eight years. He says he is “deeply honoured and grateful” for this appointment “because JRS really speaks to the heart of Jesuit identity and our Jesuit mission. It's going...
Charles of the JRS day centre goes on pilgrimage to Canterbury to raise money for the homeless in London
Each year at the end of May, The Connection at St Martin in the Fields hold their annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury. This year, Charles, who comes to the JRS-UK Day Centre, took part and completed the four day pilgrimage walking in total an incredible 74 miles and helping to raise funds for homeless people in London.“The first day was really an amazing day,” Charles expressed on sharing his experience of the pilgrimage. “We walked through the city of London and we reached Swanly...
Tony, the blog writer, taking a break on his back at the side of the road
Continuing the blog from the intrepid Camino walkers from Farm Street Church in aid of Syrian refugees.To all those of you who are heartily sick of hearing me complain about my blisters I have a very special treat in store for you. The heat yesterday was so intense that my backpack - coupled with my own sweat took a couple of layers of skin off of my back. Andrea has just very kindly slathered me in miraculous cream so I write to you this afternoon lying on my front in my hotel-bed, slippery as...
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) says they are grateful for the outpouring of prayerful support that they have received since the abduction a month ago of their Afghanistan Director, Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ. Fr Peter Balleis SJ says the past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all in JRS. “Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope,” he says. “All the...
An image of the mountains in Spain
I used to have an aunt who wasn't an aunt but a family friend. The only problem with Proxy-Aunt was that no-one could remember whose friend she was or indeed which branch of the family she had previously befriended. So in mind of this cautionary tale let me introduce you to our cast of characters - those mad creatures who will be walking, walking, walking over Northern Spain to raise money for upwards of twenty million Syrian refugees. Firstly there is our mentor, the woman who put the...

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