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Taking Stock of Safeguarding efforts in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

by JCAM Communications

Twenty four Child Protection Officers (CPOs) from formation houses, provinces and regions gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for a three-day workshop from Sep 5-8, 2019. This forum is the first of 2019 and follows a Baseline Study conducted from June to September 2018. In the morning of the first day, participants made introductions followed by a welcome message from the JCAM President Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ emphasizing the commitment of JCAM in supporting the CPOs to fully implement the Conference-wide five-year programme.

ITCJ: Entering the 2019-2020 academic year with a large heart

by Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

Jesuit theologate, Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ) in Abidjan, has commenced its 2019-2020 academic year. The opening ceremony of the academic year was held on September 14 in the school premises and in the spell of a slightly cold weather.

Consiglio Allargato meeting in Rome

We have just concluded the Consiglio Allargato or “Expanded Council” of Father General, comprising Counsellors, Regional Assistants, Conference Presidents and heads of the Secretariats. It began on Monday, 9 September, 2019, and lasted the entire week. The dynamics of the CA mix inputs from various resource persons, formal discussion sessions, moments of personal and shared prayer, Eucharist, spiritual conversations in small groups and in plenary sessions, and a fair amount of conviviality and fraternal exchanges and encounters. It all happens under the wise and watchful guidance of Father General – no surprise, because the aim of the CA is to offer help and support to Father General in fulfilling his mission of governance. We always aim to do this in a space of prayer, discernment and conversation.

The “Consiglio Allargato” had no shortage of subjects

Father General reconvened his “Extended Council” from 9 to 13 September in Rome. As a reminder, the members are not only the Counsellors of the General and his Regional Assistants, but also the Presidents of the six Jesuit Conferences around the world and the heads of the Secretariats based at the Curia.

Interview with the Delegate for Education in the Central Africa Province on the Examen of Consciousness

In this interview Fr. Fransisko Kanyamanza SJ, Delegate for Education in the Central Africa Province (ACE), shares his reflections on the Examination of Conscience how it is practiced and the benefits of this spiritual exercise in the schools of the region.

1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background in Jesuit Education and your current role?

Xenophobia or ignorance: changing the narratives


by Anthony Aduaka SJ, Spotlight Africa

Anthony Aduaka SJ tries to understand the psychology behind the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in early September. He argues that much of the distrust by black South Africans towards other black Africans stems from South Africa’s failure to overcome the racial divisions of apartheid and create the educational and economic conditions for black South Africans to overcome historic injustices.

Father General appoints new provincial for the Jesuit Province of West Africa (AOC)

Father General Arturo Sosa has appointed Fr. Mathieu Ndomba as the new provincial of the Jesuit province of West Africa. Father Ndomba who comes from Congo Brazzaville was appointed on 29 August 2019. He was born on 22 November 1968, entered the Society of Jesus on 8 October 1989 and was ordained on 13 July 2003. Fr Ndomba pronounced his final vows on 27 April 2013.

Ecology also holds the attention of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue

Mpay Kemboly, SJ, Adviser to Fr. General for African Traditional Religions

"The group of advisers to Father General on Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations met in Rome from 2 to 5 September. Its job is mainly to alert and inform the General and his Council on issues, processes, and involvements of Jesuits and the Church in the field of ecumenical dialogue and interreligious relations. Besides, the advisers share their thoughts and expertise on a particular topic that Father General asks them to consider.

CPOs meet for a follow-up safeguarding workshop after the Baseline Study conducted in 2018

Child Protection Officers (CPOs) from the provinces and regions are meeting in Nairobi from Sep 5-8, 2019. This forum, the first of 2019, follows a Baseline Study conducted in June to September 2018. The JCAM president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ opened the forum, after a prayerful reflection, emphasizing the commitment of JCAM in supporting the CPOs to fully implement the five-year programme.

Four books launched at the Hekima University College in Nairobi

by Gandaf Walle Jean-Pierre SJ

Three Jesuits presented their books at an event held at the Hekima University College - Jesuit School of Theology Auditorium in the afternoon of September 4, 2019.
This academic sharing gathered not only students and lecturers but also members of JCAM among whom the president and the spiritual center of Mwangaza. Four books were presented.

Pope Francis this week heads to Africa to visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. He will focus on environmental and political issues — as well as spiritual

Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), speaks to Sylvia Poggioli of National Public Radio (NRP) on the importance of inter-religious dialogue during the Pope's upcoming trip to Africa.


Pope Francis is heading, this week, to three southeastern African nations - Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Why there? NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.