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JCAM Statement on Migration and Refugees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 23, 2020

International Strategic Conference on Migrants and Refugees
Looking for an integrated response to vulnerable migrants in and out of Africa

“We, Jesuits and collaborators in Africa, inspired by the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus and Pope Francis´ call, commit ourselves to welcome, protect, promote and seek the integration of vulnerable migrants.

MIGRATION & REFUGEES: Rendering a Service that is "human, pedagogical and spiritual”

The second day of the International Strategic Planning Conference on Migration and Refugees being held in Nairobi from January 22-22, begun with a Mass celebrated Frs. Alberto Ares and Jose Ignacio Garcia. The conference is organized by JENA in collaboration with the JRS.

International Strategic Planning Conference on Migration and Refugees in Nairobi

The International Strategic Planning Conference on Migration and Refugees is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from January 20-22. This forum which is organized by the Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network (JENA) in collaboration with the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS) brings together Jesuits, Collaborators and partners in mission from across the globe.

Jesuits Announce Scholarship Initiative for African Women to Study Theology

By Sr. Jecinter Okoth, FSSA, for ACI Africa

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is seeking to empower women in Africa to be engage credibly in the conversation about matters of faith through a sponsorship program dubbed “St. Ignatius Scholarship for Women Theologians,” a move that is consistent with the mission of the centuries-old institution and the pastoral guidelines of Pope Francis, also a Jesuit.

The Consiglio allargato: Jesuit leaders united by the same mission

ROME CURIA - On 7 January 2020, we invited Fr Franck Janin to share with us his experience of participating in Father General's Extended Consult (Consiglio Allargato). Here is his reflection:

Once again, at the beginning of the year 2020, and as President of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, I have been invited to participate in Father General’s Extended Council. In my journey as a Jesuit, I consider it an opportunity and a privilege to collaborate in the work done by Father General and all those who assist him in his mission of government.

Fr. General Reception for Jesuits in Rome

By Fr Itua Igbor SJ

January 04, 2020 - Fr. General, Arturo Sosa, S.J. returned to Rome at the weekend just in time to host the Jesuits living and working in Rome. It was an overcast evening with the streets teeming with tourists bundled up in weather clothing. Though gradually emerging from the festive season, the excited faces seem to suggest the disposition of not being a hurry to return to a regular daily routine.

Blessing and Dedication Ceremony of the new Africama House by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue 

On January 3, 2020, Jesuits all over the world celebrate Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Titular Feast of Jesuits), on this day we celebrate the gift of the Society. For us in Africa and Madagascar, this day marked a new beginning for the newly built Africama House, the headquarters of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, Metropolitan Archbishop of Nairobi graced the blessing and dedication ceremony of the building. Africama House is an eco-friendly building constituted by features like renewable energy and recycling systems.

Magis East Africa Meeting and Pilgrimage

By Burka Usura SJ

The annual Magis East Africa Meeting and Pilgrimage organized by Magis Kenya and Tanzania leadership in collaboration with Hekima University College scholastics took place from 27th – 31st December 2019 at St. Peter Claver, Dodoma and 1st – 2nd January 2020 in Dar es Salaam. In attendance were about 30 representatives of the Magis groups from Kenya and Tanzania.

Jesuits celebrate Christmas under Universal Apostolic Preferences

By Honore Onana Olah, SJ

“Joy and love” are the words that the Jesuits and their collaborators took away at the end of the Christmas Mass in which they participated in the chapel of Hekima Jesuit community in Nairobi, Kenya.

To All Jesuits and Collaborators in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

The Formation Assembly of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, held in Nairobi from the 8 to 14 December 2019, brought together participants engaged in all levels of formation. This important event provided a platform for major superiors, formators, delegates of formation, scholastics, brothers in formation, as well as lay collaborators, to discuss the current implementation of formation across the Conference and changes required for the future. We were blessed to have with us the Regional Assistant of Father General for Africa (Fr Fratern Masawe SJ), as well as Father General’s Counsellor for Formation (Fr Mark Ravizza SJ). This combination of groups permitted a range of input into the formation process.

The Pope abolishes the pontifical secret in cases of sexual abuse

Pope Francis is now making testimony collected in canonical processes available to legal authorities.

Vatican News

Two documents are destined to make a lasting mark: Pope Francis has abolished the pontifical secret in the case of sexual violence and the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy. He has also decided to change the norm regarding the crime of child pornography by making the possession and dissemination of pornographic images of children under the age of 18 which fall under the category of delicta graviora – the most grave delicts.