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Give up gossiping for Lent, pope suggests


ROME — Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one’s own faults and defects, Pope Francis said.

Reciting the Angelus prayer at noon March 3 with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square and visiting the parish of St. Crispin in Labaro, a suburb on the northern edge of Rome, later that afternoon, Francis focused on the line from the day’s Gospel: “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?”

Pope's March prayer intention: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

Pope Francis on Tuesday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for March, which this month is " Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities ".

In his prayer intention for the month of March 2019, Pope Francis calls us to pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

The Church in Promoting Dialogue in Nigeria

Election officials in Nigeria postponed presidential and parliamentary polls siting “logistical” reasons for the 11th-hour delay. Voters in many cases reacted to the delay with disappointment, frustration, and anger as the two main groups, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), condemning the move and accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote.

Reflecting on Nigeria's Upcoming 2019 Elections

Chikere A Agbo SJ

The 2019 general elections in Nigeria are a few days away and the country is already awash with all kinds of political activities and permutations. Political parties intensify their campaigns and galvanise their supporters in an attempt to woo more voters. At one time, candidates attack opponents on the media in order to outdo them. At other times, they are seen smiling to the cameras to express their friendliness. Politics certainly requires a great deal of energy. Election campaign jingles, rhetoric, and manifesto rehash pervade the airwaves. Some candidates even take the battle to social media using paid ads and messages.

We cry with Mother Earth tears of mud and blood.

Last Friday, January 25th, a tiling dam burst in the municipality of Brumadinho, in Brazil, releasing a mudflow of toxic waste. Three days after this tragedy at least 60 people have lost their lives, around 300 are disappeared and 24.000 people have been displaced by the potential risk of collapse of a second dam nearby. Along with the loss of human lives, we must regret the tremendous environmental damage caused in the local ecosystems.

An Asteroid named after Kikwaya a Congolese astronomer

Kikwaya is a member of the Vatican Observatory, a scientific body for astronomical research entrusted to the Jesuits

by Lucie Sarr | January 4, 2019

"My astronomical research focuses on what are commonly referred to as shooting stars, which are not really stars but meteors," says Jesuit Father Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Father Kikwaya has studied celestial bodies, including asteroids and comets that have recently passed by Earth, for more than 10 years.

WATCH: ‘Denied Access’ – A new documentary film on forced migration by Jesuit Institute

By Ricardo da Silva SJ 

Seventy years to the day after the promulgation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Jesuit Institute South Africa has launched its latest documentary film on forced migration in South Africa. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports on the premiere screening in Auckland Park on Monday 10 December 2018.

‘Denied Access — Stories of Forced Migrants in South Africa’ a new documentary film by the Jesuit Institute South Africa (JI), had its premiere public screening at the JI’s Johannesburg offices last night, 10 December 2018, with some hundred people in attendance.

The pope speaks to the Jesuits

The pope speaks to the Jesuits

Ebook by 'La Civiltà Cattolica' gathers conversations that the pope has had with Jesuits around the world

Antonio Spadaro SJ
Vatican City 

Available now for free is an incomparable key to the heart of Pope Francis and the sense of mission driving his reforms. It is the first edition of a special series of eBooks from the English periodical La Civiltà Cattolica called “Perspectives.”Immediately, directly, intuitively: this is how the message of Pope Francis touches people. His ability to communicate is rooted in a pastoral experience that naturally tends to create authentic relationships. His authority is never expressed rigidly as if spoken by a statue. Rather, his personality flows into the people with whom he is speaking.

Pope Francis to Jesuits: Be present “in the deserts of humanity”

By Gerard O’Connell, American Magazine

“Blessed are you when people say bad things about you, calumniate you and persecute you,” Pope Francis told the staff and students of the International College of the Gesu in Rome when he greeted them on the 50th anniversary of its founding by Pedro Arrupe, the Father General of the Jesuits. He urged them to celebrate this golden jubilee by “revisiting” their roots in the family in which “God regenerated” them, and in which they professed their “belonging” to him. He encouraged them to “ground” or anchor themselves “again in Jesus, in his life,” and to “say no to living for oneself” but “to reaffirm that, like Jesus, we exist for the Father; that, like Jesus, we live to serve, not to be served.” He reminded them that “for the life of a Jesuit, the Passover of the Lord is sufficient.”

Synod on Youth: Four takeaways

By Russell Pollitt SJ

Not much has been reported in South Africa on the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. This could be due to the fact that there is still no official English translation of the 60-page final document (a real bone of contention for those who feel that despite the fact that this gathering was branded “universal and diverse”, non-Italian speakers were simply excluded). Furthermore, the non-Italian speakers were, probably, in the majority.

An assistance center for children with physical malformations

primopiano 6622Fianarantsoa (Agenzia Fides) - "To take care of and educate children in order to reintegrate them in their communities of origin": this is the goal of the "Preventorium Rainier III", promoted by the Jesuits Victor Papof and Daniel Ferrero of the diocese of Fianarantsoa. It is one of the social care centers for children with physical malformations, mainly related to rickets, which is located about 3 kilometres from the city of Fianarantsoa.