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Let us keep the Cape Town Tertians in Prayer

Cape Town Tertianship Group 2018-2019
Kneeling: Patric Razafimahafaly (MDG), Kevin Odey (ANW), Bboloka Nchimunya (ZAM).
Middle Row: Jamesylvester Urama (ANW), Bernard Karerwa (RWB), Simon Nsielanga (ACE), Philmon Tirkey (HAZ), Cyrille Kazwala (ACE).
Back Row: Mike Lewis (SAF), Gilbert Banda (ZIM), Jim McGloin (ZAM), Fidele Ingiyibere (RWB).

The Spiritual Exercises for the Tertians in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, begins on Sunday evening, 21 October, and will continue until 20 November. The Tertians and their Directors would appreciate it if you would keep them in your prayers especially during this time.

Empowering African Youth

Tendai Ellton Matare SJ is studying theology at Hekima University College in Kenya. He is from the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe-Mozambique and is active in youth outreach. 

Young people in Africa today face many different challenges and circumstances. These engender both hope and hopelessness among them, depending on their particular context and on available support, resources and opportunities. In my experience, young people who are empowered easily find hope to imagine and create a good future for themselves – and in turn to empower other young people.

Remembering Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, a noted theologian and philosopher (1934-2018)

By Honore Onana Olah SJ

“A library has just burned.” It is with these words full of sadness that Fr. Jean Luc Enyegué SJ, Associate Director of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa (JHIA), expressed himself at the announcement of the death of the famous writer, philosopher, Cameroonian historian, Professor Fabien Eboussi Boulaga. On Saturday, October 13, 2018, during the vigil of the canonization of Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero by Pope Francis, Professor Fabien returned to the house of the Father, entering the celestial pantheon of African writers.

Building peace helps improve the economy in Africa

“Become a peace builder” is the invitation from the President of the Students’ Association at Hekima College, Taroh Amedée SJ during the 6th Annual Students-Led Conference 2018 on “The Role of Political Leadership in Africa’s Economic Development”. A conference held last Friday on the 2nd campus of Hekima University College (HIPSIR).

Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn’t have vote at synod

Although bishops should make up the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.

The superiors general of the Dominicans, the Jesuits and the Conventual Franciscans — all priests who are voting members of the synod — spoke to reporters at a Vatican briefing Oct. 15.

Prayer Requested for JCAM Major Superiors

The major superiors of JCAM are gathered this week at the Sisters of Charity Retreat House in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, for an 8-day silent retreat. The retreat is in preparation for their 3-day process of discerning the universal apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Roland von Nida SJ, the Spiritual Father of Arrupe Jesuit University, is facilitating the retreat. Jesuits and collaborators of JCAM are requested to remember the major superiors in their supplication to God.

Pope: ‘Saints risk everything to put the Gospel into practice’

Pope Francis on Sunday declared Pope Paul VI and murdered Salvadoran bishop Oscar Romero Saints. The canonization Mass, during which five other lesser-known blessed were also elevated to sainthood, took place in St. Peter’s Square.

In a ceremony before tens of thousands of people, Pope Francis canonized Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero, Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Caterina Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and Nunzio Sulprizio.

What is God saying with rise of secularization? Jesuit superior asks

By Junno Arocho Esteves • Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church must find a way to look at secularization as an opportunity to find new ways to proclaim the Gospel, the Jesuit superior general told the Synod of Bishops.
While the working document of the Synod dedicated to young people views secularization as “a dark phase that is in the process of being overcome,” the document offers no approach to “looking to interpret reality and discern God’s action in history,” said Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal.

The greatness of Oscar Romero

Next Sunday, 14 October, Pope Francis will canonise Blessed Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran archbishop who was martyred on 24 March 1980. He was shot as he celebrated Mass, a reprisal for his opposition to the repressive oligarchic government and his defence of human rights. It was during Romero’s three years as Bishop of Santiago de María, before he was appointed to the capital, San Salvador, that he came to see the extreme poverty and the brutal repression of ordinary Salvadoran Campesinos, and he became convinced of the radical incompatibility of his country’s political and military structures and the tenets of the Catholic faith.

Africa: "Do not limit religious extremism to Islam" Father T. Kafarhire SJ reflects on the international conference at HIPSIR

On October 9-10, the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), a Jesuit institution based in Kenya, hosted an international conference with the theme Religious Extremism and Violence in Africa: Reviewing the Practice of Intervention and Inter-religious Dialogue Several. People from different countries graced this conference to share experiences and knowledge, in the two-day event.

Any mission in the Society is an expression of trust and confidence

Bator final finaleAt the end of the Consiglio allargato

Father General’s Extended Council met in early September. The presidents of the Jesuit Conferences, which on a geographical basis bring together the Jesuit Provinces of the whole world, participate in this body. We asked three questions of each of the presidents; here are their testimonies.

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator – Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)