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Statement from the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL) on the situation in Nicaragua


San Salvador, November 20, 2019


The Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean - CPAL, the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus, and the Association of Universities entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America - AUSJAL, uniting our voices to that of the Bishops of Nicaragua and many other social actors, we urgently call on the international community to firmly express its rejection of the way the Nicaraguan government, through its security forces, has been disrespecting Civil rights enshrined in the national constitution:

Pedro Arrupe Social Justice Conference held at the University of Ghana

by Damian Avevor and Joshua Pwalia

University of Ghana, Legon – Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI) last week held its inaugural Pedro Arrupe Social Justice conference on the theme: “Migrants Matter: Christian Responses to Global Crisis.” The AJI, which used the event to mark its first year of existence, is the premier social apostolate of the Jesuits of the North-west Africa (ANW) Province. Among other things, the AJI aims at identifying, analysing and proposing solutions to issues of concern in Ghanaian and African societies.

Two Catholic universities geared to expand amid Zimbabwe's turmoil

by Tawanda Karombo

HARARE, ZIMBABWEArrupe Jesuit University and the Catholic University of Zimbabwe in Harare have been registered with the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE) as full-fledged universities and are now geared to expand their degree offerings as well as open new campuses across the country.

Jesuit Fr. Gilbert Mardai, pro vice-chancellor for administration at Arrupe Jesuit University — located less than 1 kilometer from the Mount Pleasant campus of the Catholic University of Zimbabwe in Harare — told NCR that the institution was motivated to register as a full-fledged university to meet the needs of young people who are completing secondary and high school education.

Hekima University College African Art Exhibition 2019


Welcome to the Hekima University College African Art Exhibition 2019

On behalf of the Trustees, Council, Staff, and Students of Hekima University College, I welcome you to this exhibition of African Arts at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA). As an institution of the Society of Jesus (aka Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar, JHIA's vision within Hekima University College is to provide a cost-effective environment for the world to see and experience the religious histories, cultures, and traditions, of the people of Africa and Madagascar.

Honouring Our Pacesetters at the Opening of the New Africama House

The new AFRICAMA house in Karen, Nairobi, headquarter of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has opened its doors after a two-year construction process. The first thanksgiving ceremony was held by the Jesuit community, staff, the Contractors and Consultants on October 17, 2019. This was followed by a Meet and Greet on November 12, 2019, of all of our vendors, service providers, benefactors, and professional guests, culminating architects, lawyers, bankers, and insurance brokers.

Pope: 2019 Ratzinger laureates teach us to engage in active dialogue with cultures

By Robin Gomes

At a ceremony in the Vatican on Saturday, Pope Francis conferred the Ratzinger Prize on Canadian Catholic philosopher Charles Margrave Taylor, and Jesuit priest Father Paul Béré of Burkina Faso, a renowned scholar of Sacred Scripture. Although the 2019 Ratzinger Prize winners come from different continents and cultural backgrounds, Pope Francis said, they teach us that theology should "be and remain in active dialogue with cultures”, always seeking the way to God and the encounter with Christ.

The social apostolate: the importance of collaboration

November 7, 2019, Rome – The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Society of Jesus, gathered these days in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its creation, following the audience granted by Pope Francis at the Vatican, has continued its work today, examining how to strengthen and develop the different forms of collaboration within and outside the Society of Jesus for a more effective social apostolate.

Pope Francis: “Open wide the future, create possibilities, imagine alternatives”

Today's world, where “situations of injustice and human pain” and “expressions of xenophobia and selfish pursuit of national interest” abound, and where trafficking in human beings and “inequality between and within countries” continues needs “transformations that protect threatened life and defend the weakest”. So said Pope Francis, who this morning received in private audience in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace the 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.

New Provincial for Central Africa Province (ACE) Appointed


In a letter written on November 6, 2019, the Most Reverend Father General informed me that he has appointed Father Rigobert KYUNGU MUSENGE, S.J. as Provincial for ACE province. Father General is asking me to thank and congratulate the whole Province for the "great care with which the whole process was conducted. "   

The date for handing over will be fixed later, taking into account the progress of the doctoral thesis that Father Rigobert KYUNGU is finalizing at the Gregorian.

Reflecting on the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs)

The Voice of God through the UAP’s - By John Maro, SJ

The words of Fr. General, “Suppose God speaks to you today! What would He tell you?” was the preliminary question of Frs. Mark Ravizza’s and John Dardis’ presentations on the UAP’s at Arrupe Jesuit University. These words were inspirational for me and they presented a new way of perceiving the UAPs as God’s voice calling each one of us to respond to the cry of our contemporary world. In connection with the contemplation of the incarnation where the Trinity looks down and sees the world in chaos and decide to send the second person to save humanity, God is inviting and sending us for the same purpose.

An African perspective on the Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region

Fr. Rigobert Minani SJ, speaks about the Synod on the Amazon 

Almost all the members of the Synod that has just taken place in Rome were directly or indirectly linked to the Amazon region. There were, however, some exceptions. Pope Francis appointed Fr. Rigobert Minani, a Congolese Jesuit, as one of the auditors. He is the coordinator of the Congo (River) Basin Church Network. At the end of the Synod, we asked him a few questions.