A Jesuit Mediates: Zimbabwe's Political Crisis

Mugabe's long-time Catholic chaplain joins mediation efforts 

Fr. Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a mediator in talks between Mugabe and Military officials. On Tuesday night the military detained Mugabe and his family at his State House residence and took over national broadcaster ZBC. The military has insisted Tuesday’s events are not a coup. According to Reuters their sources could not provide details of the talks, which appear to be aimed at a smooth and bloodless transition following the departure of Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

Collaborating for the Congo Basin and sharing Laudato Si’ in COP23

By Rigobert Minani SJ

A focus during COP23 was to better connect the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (réseau Ecclésial de la forêt du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) with other initiatives and as such, we dedicated the first days to understand the efforts of the Central African Forests Commission (Commission des forêts d’Afrique centrale or COMIFAC) and explore a dialogue. COMIFAC involves 10 countries that are part of the Congo Basin: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and São Tomé.

Young Nigerians are connecting with Pentecostal churches. Will they return to Catholicism?

By Linus Unah a freelance journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria | Source -American Magazine


When Johnbosco Ugwu was growing up in Ede-Oballa, a tiny village in Enugu State in southeastern Nigeria, he enjoyed going to Mass with his parents and siblings. In 2015 he decided he would like to become a priest. Mr. Ugwu applied to several Catholic seminaries and was thrilled when he was finally accepted to one in southern Nigeria. But he quickly learned that the church has not been spared by the dysfunction and corruption that plague most institutions in the country.

Sent in a global network

What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What must I do for Christ? | Spiritual Exercises #53, Ignatius of Loyola

After three years of preparing the Congress, we have arrived at its conclusion. This is the end of a conversation of the discernment about what we want achieve as a global network that began in the International Colloquium for Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE) in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) in 2012 when leaders of Jesuit high schools from across the world affirmed the importance of creating a global educational network among Jesuit secondary schools. This came from the call of the 35th General Congregation to see ourselves as a universal body with a universal mission.

Our Education mission comes from the Christian faith – Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ

Father General Arturo Sosa says Jesuit schools are a magnificent platform for listening to and serving the youth. Father General said this on 20 October, 2017 in Rio di Janeiro where he addressed the International Congress for Jesuit Education (JESEDU-Rio2017). Addressing the more than 100 Jesuits and collaborators from around the world, Father General reminded them that "Education and schools in particular, are part of the Society's missionary tradition."

North-West Africa Province -from Liberia

By Martins Okoh SJ, Santa Clara University

On the afternoon of June 21, 2017, I made my first trip to Liberia. I landed at the Roberts International Airport, Monrovia to participate in a formation workshop for pastoral agents, Social Innovation (SI) and a Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) workshop for Social Entrepreneurship. These workshops were organized by Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.Launched in 2003, the GSBI at Santa Clara University has become a pioneer in the field of social enterprise capacity development blending Ignatian Spirituality and the social entrepreneurship’s ideals that more can be done to alleviate the unjust sufferings of the poor and marginalized.

Why morality is the precursor of justice

By Dr. Elias Mokua | The executive director, Jesuit Hakimani Centre

Yes, even in politics, there is a big difference between being legally right and morally right. It means that one can be legally right but morally wrong. Yet, morality is the precursor of justice. Seeking legal right without morality is a waste of energy, resources and time because the end result is always futile. This is where we have confusion in our political set-up. There is so much effort by both Jubilee and Nasa to get their act legally right.

JESAM Plenary Meeting and JESAM Consult

This week marks the annual JESAM Plenary Meeting and JESAM Consult, this time hosted by North-West Africa province (ANW), in Lagos, Nigeria.

On October 24, 2017, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ - the JESAM President, Fr. Fratern Masawe SJ - Father General’s Assistant for Africa, and the Regional Superiors of the African Assistancy gathered at St. Ignatius House in Lagos to begin their bi-annual plenary meeting. On the evening of the 24th, Jesuits working in Lagos joined the JESAM Delegates for socials and dinner at St. Ignatius House.

Jesuit Pre-Secondary and Secondary Education meeting – Rio de Janeiro

More than 100 Jesuits and lay collaborators from Jesuit schools and education networks around the world have gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a congress on Jesuit education. The meeting will run from Monday, October 16th, to Friday, October 20th. According to a statement from JESEDU-Rio2017, "the participants will be working with the goal of establishing a common agenda as a global network of Jesuit education delegates, in which they will specify the challenges, priorities and responsibilities in order to guide Jesuit networking in secondary and pre-secondary education."

Kenya: The Carmelites and Jesuits celebrated their friendship

By Honore Onana Olah SJ

“We played fairly well, but we paid for having started the game not prepared,” said Mr. Wass Rajitha, SJ, a member of the Jesuits’ basketball team last Saturday after the basketball encounter with the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate in their compound at Machakos Diocese. It was around 3pm on 17th October 2017 when the Jesuits from the community of Hekima College arrived for a basketball game at the Carmelite Community in Syokimau (Mlolongo), about 30 kilometres from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. This is also the Regional House of the CMI.

Siera Leone - life after the mudslide

By Fr. Chikere Ugwuanyi SJ, Socius, North-West Africa Province (ANW)

More than 1,000 people died, with scores unaccounted for, from the mudslide and flooding that hit Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, in mid-August. In late September, few days after the last update, the government of Sierra Leone declared the "emergency interventions" after the mudslide over. It means practically that attention will now be focused on reconstruction, resettlement and things of mid-term range.

Digitally speaking: Are your children safe?

By Russell Pollitt SJ

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“When history writes the chapter entitled ‘the digital world’, will it celebrate the immense benefits that technology has delivered and the great human progress that followed? Or will it be a requiem of regret for childhood loss? As it stands today my fear is that history will judge us harshly unless we act now,” Baroness Joanna Shields said in her opening remarks at the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress in Rome.

Respecting and protecting the dignity of children: a priority for the Jesuits

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In our most recent General Congregation 36, held a year ago here in Rome, the General Congregation, the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus, instructed me, as Superior General "to continue... to promote, within the communities and ministries of the Society, a consistent culture of protection and safety for minors." (Matters Entrusted to Fr. General, GC 36). The text is brief, but it is very significant. It is the expression of the Jesuit commitment to respecting and protecting the dignity of children.

The politics of famine

famine1As the saying goes, when two elephants fight, it's the grass that suffers. It isn't an accident of nature or a geographical happenstance that hunger, starvation and famine are hitting vulnerable populations in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia with particular ferocity. Millions of people bear the brunt of this crisis, not counting the cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys and camels decimated by drought.

"Fe y Alegria wants to educate 42 million Africans" - Fr. Mborong E. SJ

fey alegriaIn response to Pope Francis's appeal to work in the peripheries, Fe y Alegria, a Jesuit social movement for the most disadvantaged, held an international meeting from August 28, to September 2, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Mborong Etienne, SJ one of the coordinating members of Fe y Alegria in Africa, was kind enough to grant us an interview. He shared about the works and mission of Fe y Alegria in Africa and the different challenges that this "popular movement" faces in working for the poor.

The Conversation: The First JESAM delegates' meeting on Child Protection held on August 30th -August 31st

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Child Protection is an urgent challenge to institutions in many countries of the world and the church is not an exception. We are called to confront it and to take collective responsibility and action for child protection. Societal silence on child protection only shields perpetrators of abuse. We need to avoid the false narrative that the issue "is not an African problem" and be cognizant that it is a challenge for Africa too.

The formator as mediator of the Spirit

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Having good formators is vital in preparing young Jesuits to respond to the various challenges and needs of the world today. Hence the preparation of formators is a crucial aspect of the Jesuit mission, said JCAP Formation Delegate Fr Riyo Mursanto SJ, at the start of the Formation for Formators Workshop that underlined the pyscho-spiritual dimension of formation. The two-week workshop began with a review of the role of the Jesuit formator led by Fr Roger Champoux SJ.

The Jesuit Webmasters and Communications Meeting (JESWEB): Mosta, Malta

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The Jesuit Webmasters and Communications Meeting (JESWEB) met in Mosta, Malta from the 8th of May to the 11th of May. The meeting is held annually and representatives from all Conferences in the Universal Society of Jesus attend. This year there were 50 participants from all over the world. Among them representatives from the Jesuit Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM), Latin America (CPAL), Australia and the USA.

Xavier Network Meeting in Madrid: Emergency Response Coordination in the framework of the Society of Jesus

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The Xavier Network coordination meeting, which occurs every six months, was held this past week in Madrid from September 27-29. With more than thirty participants in attendance, the meeting gathered thirteen Jesuit mission and development organizations from around Europe, Australia and Canada. All of the members of the Network presented and discussed coordination of the areas in which the Network collaborates, including projects, advocacy and emergencies, among others.

World Day Against Child Labour 2017

Author: Curated by Irish Jesuit Missions communication

young refugee"How do you become an integrated adult when you've been killing people?". The question drives Fr Eric and Gavin Brasci of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to search for sustainable answers. On June 12th, World Day Against Child Labour, it is more pertinent than ever. In 2017 the focus is on the impact of conflicts and disasters on children and youth and the work they can be forced into doing as a result.

World Refugee Day: A Kairos moment for the global community not simply a threat!

womanchildAt a time when an unprecedented 65.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes, a record high on the levels of displacement globally, among them nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half being under the age of 18. The World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20th, commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of men, women and children who are on the move, in search of protection and opportunity.