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November marks 40 years since Pedro Arrupe SJ, the then Superior General of the Jesuits, set up the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in response to the plight of Vietnamese refugees fleeing their war-ravaged homeland. JRS is an international Catholic organisation aiming to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. There are now programmes in over 50 countries.With the anniversary approaching, JRS UK contacted the Jesuits in Britain Archives to...
Reconciliation is a central focus in the strategic framework of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This apostolic priority is visible in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country devastated by multiple years of civil war and extreme poverty. During his historic visit to the CAR in November of 2015, Pope Francis urged for the country to work towards peace and reconciliation. JRS has responded actively to this call by developing peace-oriented education programs in the areas where they have a...
Since the 60s, young people have protested massively against a society which had made possible the horror of the Second World War, their human sensitivity unable to bear the injustice. In many countries they demanded democracy and justice, and so began the repression of the military dictatorships in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Uruguay.The general situation touched the conscience of many followers of Jesus. The Second Vatican Council, the meeting of the CELAM in Medellín, and the 32nd...
It had become more and more difficult to live in Aleppo, to move around safely...Our small-lamp factory, which my two brothers and I, together with my father, had built, was bombed and destroyed twice when the ISIS took control of the city and its surroundings. We produced mainly bedside lamps. I did the design on the computer. We had a large number of models but especially lamps in the form of statues. We no longer had the means to rebuild in the context of the war, so we were reduced to...
People from all over the world piled into Farm Street Church for the annual advent service of Jesuit Refugee Service UK. Staff, volunteers, supporters and their refugee friends came together to hear readings in Mandarin and French and a host of favourite carols.In his homily, Bishop Paul McAleenan reminded those present that Christmas was an important time to respond to cries for justice. JRS UK Director, Sarah Teather, looked back on some of the key achievements of the year, including the...
Refugees welcome
JRS responds to new parliamentary report on the safety of migrants and asylum seekersOn Monday MPs published a report indicting the UK’s excessive focus on border security, leading Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to once again call for safe and legal routes to migrate and seek asylum.The report, compiled by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, says that “A policy that focuses exclusively on closing borders will drive migrants to take more dangerous routes, and push them into the hands...
Photo Credit: Sergi Camara / Jesuit Refugee Service
Five years after Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched a genocide against the Yazidi community in Sinjar, northern Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Yazidis are still displaced and living in harsh conditions. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) calls on the international community to guarantee the security of the Yazidi people, and to provide support for reconstruction, inclusion, and sustainability in Sinjar. Local authorities are urged to implement dignified medium-term solutions for those with...
  Mohammed, a refugee from Egypt, gives a present to the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella (Photo: Centro Astalli).
In a time when the gates of Europe seem closed to people in need of protection, JRS Italy is opening a new reception and integration centre for asylum seekers and refugees.The idea of opening a new centre was inspired by Pope Francis’ appeal to open the houses of religious congregations to host refugees on the occasion of his visit to JRS Italy in 2013.The new centre bears the name of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit who dedicated his life to putting himself in other people’s shoes and looking for the...
Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ
Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, has announced the beginning of the process towards possible beatification of Father Pedro Arrupe SJ, who is going to be considered from now on a "Servant of God".The news arrived on the day of Fr Arrupe’s date of birth, 14th September. His encouragement to the rediscovery of the Spiritual Exercises and of the method of personal discernment is just one of his many contributions to the Society and to Ignatian Spirituality.It is...
Venezuelans crossing the border with Colombia. Photo Credit: George Castellanos
With a shared border more than 2.000 kilometres long, Colombia and Venezuela are facing a serious challenge in managing their national relations. With the massive forced migration of people coming from Venezuela, an understanding needs to be reached.According to United Nations estimates, more than two million people have fled Venezuela as a result of the internal crisis and the government's economic policies. It is estimated that there are already close to one million forced migrants in...

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