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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

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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.

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