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  • East African Jesuits running the London marathon

    Fr Kyara Corbinian SJ is a Tanzanian Jesuit who works in the East African Jesuit Development office in Nairobi, Kenya. In less than one week, he will be joining fellow East African Jesuit Fr Alexander Wainaina SJ for the London Marathon.

    Along with the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team, they will be running in memory of Fr Victor Luke Odhiambo SJ who tragically died whilst serving in South Sudan in November 2018. Fr Kyara was one of the last people to see Fr Victor Luke before he died.

  • Francis to visit three African nations, each one dealing with tensions

    by Joshua J. McElwee, Vatican


    This article appears in the Francis in Africa 2019 feature series. View the full series.

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is preparing to make only his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa next month, and it appears that it could be one of the most politically delicate among his previous 30 trips abroad.

  • Le Père Général en visite à l’archevêché et au Collège Libermann

    Par Jude Forbi SJ, AOC Communications

    Le matin du samedi saint, le Père Général Arturo SOSA S.J a visité l’archevêché de Douala notamment Monseigneur Samuel Kleda et le Cardinal Christian Tumi . Ce fut de très heureux échanges en présence du Père Fratern Massawe, SJ, Assistant Ad providentiam pour l’Afrique, le Père Orobatar, SJ, président du JCAM.

  • Let the Journey Begin!

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    Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

    The monthly Faculty mass of the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jesus (ITCJ, Abidjan) coincided with this year’s Ash Wednesday. A reminder, perhaps, of a communitarian dimension of the 40-day Lenten journey. Through the liturgical readings of the day, songs, the homily of Fr Folifack Aurélien SJ, and the ash-giving ritual, we were reminded that Ash Wednesday is not only a day we begin the penitential season of Lent but also a day in which the Church reminds us of our mortality and dependence on God.

  • Pedro Arrupe Social Justice Conference held at the University of Ghana

    by Damian Avevor and Joshua Pwalia

    On November 14, 2019, the Arrupe Jesuit Institute(AJI) 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.

  • Pope’s Message for World Mission Day 2019: Reviving missionary awareness and commitment

    'This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission'

    By Mwelu A. Makunu, JCAM Communications

    In this year’s World Mission Sunday the Holy Father called on all Catholics and the Church to revive missionary awareness and commitment. A message released by Vatican on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis writes about the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulses to her work, preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ. The World Missionary Sunday falls on the penultimate Sunday of October every year. It will be observed on October 20, this year, with the theme "Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World."

  • Reflecting on Nigeria's Upcoming 2019 Elections

    Chikere A Agbo SJ

    The 2019 general elections in Nigeria are a few days away and the country is already awash with all kinds of political activities and permutations. Political parties intensify their campaigns and galvanise their supporters in an attempt to woo more voters. At one time, candidates attack opponents on the media in order to outdo them. At other times, they are seen smiling to the cameras to express their friendliness. Politics certainly requires a great deal of energy. Election campaign jingles, rhetoric, and manifesto rehash pervade the airwaves. Some candidates even take the battle to social media using paid ads and messages.

  • Tax justice and the common good

    Charles B. Chilufya SJ is Director of the Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) for the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar(JCAM). He wrote this article for CJI after participating at an international conference on “Tax justice for promoting equality and social justice,” held in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2019.

    It is often reported that globally there is notable progress in human development, especially when considering the changes in China and other countries. Yet incomes among the poorest people in the world remain low, ranging from US$1 to $2 per day, and the outlook is extremely bleak.

  • The Church in Promoting Dialogue in Nigeria

    Election officials in Nigeria postponed presidential and parliamentary polls siting “logistical” reasons for the 11th-hour delay. Voters in many cases reacted to the delay with disappointment, frustration, and anger as the two main groups, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), condemning the move and accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote.

  • Universal Apostolic Preferences promulgated

    Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP)

    The much-anticipated announcement of the universal apostolic preferences has given new impetus to the apostolic mission of the Society. Discerned by the universal apostolic body of the Society, under the leadership of Father General Arturo Sosa SJ, and confirmed and conferred by Pope Francis, we now have a clear apostolic road map for the next ten years. In the larger scheme of things, ten years is a short time. But much can be achieved with courage, creativity, and determination.