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“INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: The care of our common home” International Conference

Washington, D.C. USA (Georgetown University) - The Director of the JCAM Justice and Ecology Office (JEO), Fr. Charles Chilufya along with Fr. Rigobert Minani, the convenor of the Ecclesial Network for the Congo Basin and the Secretary for Justice and Ecology at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj are participating in an International Conference dubbed “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: a synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes / territories for the care of our common home” taking place from March 19th to 21 at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

A call to donate towards the Cyclone Idai survivors in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi: Jesuit Relief Fund

Cyclone Idai devastates the southern hemisphere: Millions of people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi affected in what might be the worst disaster amidst climate change

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

In a FaceBook post, the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe Mozambique (ZIM) called on all to help in raising funds for the survivors and victims of Cyclone Idai. The post read “through the Jesuit Relief fund, a project set up to allow the Jesuits to provide emergency humanitarian aid to communities affected by natural disasters such as the one our brothers and sisters have faced.

ICAJE and Secretariat for Education Share their Reactions to the Universal Apostolic Preferences 2019-2029

By Rafa Galaz, Educate Magis

The International Commission for the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE) and the International Secretary for Jesuit Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education share their first reactions to the publication by Fr. General of the Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus for the next 10 years.

This February, Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ shared a text presenting the 4 Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) for the next 10 years with the entire apostolic network of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and collaborators in mission.

International conference on integral ecology: Exploring options for territorial communion with the Amazon and other critical global biomes

As part of the process leading to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019 at the Vatican, the International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes/territories for the care of our common home will take place on 19 to 21 March 2019 at Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA.

61 days to start the II Global Development Meeting (II GDM)

The II GDM will take place on May 21-24. Some of the highlights are:

Friends in the Lord: To recommend the best ways of proceeding for the Assistant Treasurers for Development (ATDR), in order to help Conference Development Networks to fulfill the mandate given by Fr. General.

Statement from CPAL regarding the situation in Venezuela

CPAL- Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas de América Latina y el Caribe issued a statement regarding Venezuela's situation.  It was issued after the recent seminar held in Lima by CPAL with the presence and support of the Universidad católica Andres Bello in Caracas and Universidad Ruiz de Montoya in Lima.

Venezuela looming crisis as the two adversaries engage in a power struggle

President of Madagascar Mr. Andry Rajoelina surprise visit to Hekima University College

Honore Onana Olah SJ, AOC Province and JCAM Contributor

March 14, Nairobi - “It is certainly a great honour and a surprise.” Fr. Deogratias M. Rwezaura SJ, said, during the visit of the Malagasy President Mr. Andry Rajoelina and the First Lady, Mrs. Mialy Rajoelina who were welcomed on March 14, 2019, for the first time at Hekima University College, in Nairobi-Kenya.

Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money

Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money

Ricardo da Silva SJ | Spotlight.Africa

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Three Jesuit organisations have commissioned research to study correlations between tax and poverty. The final report was presented at a conference taking place in Nairobi, Kenya considering aspects of Tax Justice and Illicit Financial Flows. Ricardo da Silva SJ was at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Kenya.

14,7 million Kenyans live in extreme poverty, that’s 29.4% of the national population. If that’s not sufficiently devastating, the World Bank estimates that in fact, it’s closer to 17 million, or 35.1% of the total population.

Formation of Jesuits and their Collaborators in Burundi on Protection and Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

By Fr Felix Barutwanayo SJ, Rector, Lycee du Saint Esprit in Bujumbura & CPO RWB 

It was on a cloudy morning of March 9, 2019, that Jesuits and their collaborators from all the Jesuit apostolic works in Burundi gathered at the Emmaus Spiritual Center in Bujumbura to follow a one-day initial formation and sensitization session on child protection and safeguarding for minors and vulnerable adults. It was attended by 80 persons mainly from Lycee du Saint Esprit, Saint Aloysius of Gonzaga Fundamental School, Emmaus Spiritual Center, young people who are members of choirs at our chapels and the personnel of JRS Great Lakes.

Georgetown Law student among the victims

Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown, Washington DC, died in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, the school announced. Asiavugwa was on his way home to Nairobi, Kenya, following the death of his fiance’s mother.

“With his passing, the Georgetown family has lost a stellar student, a great friend to many, and a dedicated champion for social justice across East Africa and the world,” the school said in a statement to the University community.

Professor Wenin on Benediction in the Book of Genesis

Alain MADINUNGA, SJ | Director of Communications, ITCJ

The renowned Belgian biblical scholar, Professor André Wenin of the Catholic University of Louvain, gave a brilliant public lecture on 8 March 2019, at the Institut de théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ). The lecture, title “Récit de la bénédiction et ses enjeux dans la Genèse” (the Story of Benediction and its Implications in the Book of Genesis), marks the end of Professor Wenin’s one-weeklong visit at ITCJ as visiting professor.