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Healing the Wounds

Boston College doctoral candidate Marcel Uwineza, S.J., spoke at the United Nations April 12 as part of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

By Kathleen Sullivan | University Communications 

When Rev. Marcel Uwineza, S.J., a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, was invited to give remarks at a recent commemoration of the event, he was asked to provide a photo of his parents.

He could not, because such a photo no longer exists.

Spiritual retreat with South Sudan leaders in Vatican: time to choose life

Pope Francis meets South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in March 2019  (Vatican Media)

A Spiritual Retreat involving civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan is held in the Vatican, and is opened by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Reflections include a meditation centered on the national anthem of Africa’s youngest country.


By Giada Aquilino, Vatican News

A time of grace dedicated to reflection and prayer, to ask God "for a future of peace and prosperity for the people of South Sudan".

Pope to Give Concluding Address at South Sudan Spiritual Retreat in Vatican

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool.)

Alessandro Gisotti Issues Statement on April 10-11 Encounter in the Vatican With the African Country’s Civil and Church Leadership

By Deborah Castellano Lubov 

Pope Francis will address top South Sudanese civil and church authorities in the Vatican.

Alessandro Gisotti, Director of the Holy See Press Office, stated this in a statement he issued today, April 9, about the spiritual retreat in the Vatican, April 10-11, in which the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan will participate. The Pontiff, he said, will give a closing address on Thursday afternoon.

JESTRAM and Bursars’ Meeting 2019: JCAM

The meeting of JESTRAM and Bursar’s kicked off on Monday, April 8, and continued through to Friday, April 12. It was being hosted by the Jesuit North-West Africa Province at Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. In attendance were treasurers and bursars from the nine Provinces and Regions of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), the JCAM president Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ and the JCAM treasurer Paul Hamill SJ.

Jesuits educating the margins: cultivating dreams in Malawi

By Fr Peter Henriot SJ, LJSS

“One of the best ways to serve the present is to give hope for the future. Loyola Jesuit Secondary School will effectively serve the needs of the present youth who are the future hope of Malawi.” These are words from the former Superior General Adolfo Nicolas SJ, come to mind when I reflect on the journey and the mission of the Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) in Malawi.

Tax justice and common good

Tax and Justice

Tax avoidance and illicit financial flows deprive African countries of crucial resources needed for development — for health, education and other basic requirements. This was the central message of Fr Charles Chilufya SJ, Director of the Justice and Ecology Network for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, on his visit to Canada as the guest of Canadian Jesuits International (CJI).

JCAM Novice Directors Training Workshop Report

By Lawrence Daka SJ

The just-concluded safeguarding training workshop for JCAM Novice Directors in Nairobi 1-3 April 2019 is a milestone in the Conference’s proactive agenda to create a culture of safeguarding in all our ministries. This workshop is in response to the recommendations of the Conference’s baseline survey which, among others, called us to pay attention to gaps in policies and protocols; formation, training and awareness; and the need to create a culturally sensitive and contextually relevant safeguarding environment to ensure a generation free from abuse.

JCAM Novice Directors Training Workshop on safeguarding of children

JCAM Novice Directors (Africa and Madagascar) held a meeting in Nairobi to enhance safeguarding in their respective novitiates. Honoré Onana Olah spoke to one of the participant Fr. António Virgílio de Oliveira e Costa, S.J., the novice director at Xavier House in Lusaka, Zambia.

Jesuit Br. Vincent Soreng honoured by Pope Francis for his contribution to the Care for Our Common Home

Mzee1 Br. Vincent Soreng SJ, recently received a papal accolade for his care for our common home. The Eastern Africa Province (AOR) Curia organized a small gathering to celebrate Br. Vincent SJ, as he marked his immense contribution to the realization of the just promulgated Universal Apostolic Preferences by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa SJ, and as confirmed by Pope Francis.

Renewing the Society of Jesus through discernment and leadership

“If we want to lead truly and in an authentic way... it needs to start not only with what we do but only with who we are.”

This is the closing phrase of the video that captures the main events and the atmosphere of last week’s workshop on leadership and discernment organized by the office of Discernment and Apostolic Planning of the General Curia in Rome. From April 1st to the 5th, 55 Jesuits and lay colleagues, experts in leadership, from 23 different countries gathered to discuss, share, learn, reconnect and think how Ignatian leadership and discernment can help the implementation of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) in the Society of Jesus.

Pope Francis in Morocco on Apostolic Journey

Pope Francis arrives in the Kingdom of Morocco on his first-ever visit to the Maghreb region of Northern Africa, and receives a warm welcome to the mainly-Muslim country.

By Paul Samasumo – Rabat, Morocco

In Africa, rain is always a good sign. Pope Francis landed at the Rabat-Salé airport shortly before 2pm to a rather wet and rainy day. He was met at the foot of the plane by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, for a very brief ceremony of greeting.