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Reimagining the Global Economy: Africa’s Role in the Vatican’s Collaboration with the Council for Inclusive Capitalism

by Fernando C. Saldivar, SJ

On December 8, 2020, the Vatican announced the creation of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism, a partnership with some of the world’s largest investment and business leaders to take up Pope Francis’s challenge to radically rethink the foundations of the global financial order and apply moral principles to business and investment practices throughout the world. The Council’s founding members, who will hold annual meetings with the Pope, represent the managers of more than $10.5 trillion in assets and companies with a combined market capitalization of $2 trillion. Among this group are the leaders of Bank of America, BP, Johnson & Johnson, as well as major investment groups, the secretary-general of the OECD, and the UN special envoy for climate finance.

Grappling with reality: The Zambian Debts

By Andebo Pax Pascal 

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has put many African governments in a more straining situation as they were already straining to service their debt obligations. They thus faced the choice of paying their creditors or saving lives. The combined debts of the African countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are estimated to be about US$ 583 billion, the result of continued borrowing by African countries from multiple lenders at high-interest rates, as lenders consider lending to African countries as risky. With the COVID-19, many African countries are now forced to borrow more, some surpassing the 60 percent recommended debt-to-GDP threshold for borrowing, as the health systems are strained and food crisis is looming. More concerning now is the growing debt African countries are accumulating from China and private lenders.

Zambia’s Debt Crisis: More Than Debt Relief is Needed

By Charles B. Chilufya, SJ, JENA

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt globally with severe human costs. But on the social and economic fronts, it has had a worse impact on poorer countries in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa. One particular Sub-Saharan African country still reeling from these impacts is Zambia. This disease-induced social and economic shock could not have come at a worse time than now for Africa’s second-largest copper-producing economy awash in increasing poverty, worsening climatic conditions, a widening budget deficit, and facing a debt crisis. Zambia, like other African countries, is faced with plunging revenues and fast increasing borrowing costs as investors seek relative safety. Zambia does not even have the funds to fight the pandemic and shore up its economy.

Diminishing Democracy in Africa: Engaging Youth to Turn its Course

By Pascal Pax Andebo, JENA, for Promotio Iustitiae 2020

The story of democracy in modern African nations begins with colonialism and then independence in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, the 1990s was seen as the “second liberation” in Africa due to the rapid democratisation process, with a series of multi-party elections in many African countries. It was considered a time for sanitising democracy after the one party or military regimes that had emerged in the decades after independence. Before this, only Botswana, Mauritius and Senegal continued holding multiparty elections since independence, and no African leader had ever lost an election or handed-over power (Dowden, 1993).

Integral Ecology and Democracy in the United States: Reflecting on the Road Ahead

Fernando C. Saldivar, SJ, JENA  -  for Promotio Iustitiae 2020

People in the United States tend to think not only that we perfected constitutional democracy, but we also take our institutional stability for granted. No matter how much we disagree with our elected leaders, rail against the inequalities of the market, or continue to divide ourselves into enclaves based on race and class, there remains embedded in the American psyche an almost Pollyannaish trust in the rule of law.

Explainer: What is the Zaire rite—and why is Pope Francis talking about it now?

Ricardo da Silva, S.J. for American Magazine

Mass at the Vatican on the First Sunday of Advent last year, Dec. 1, 2019, was a much different affair than usual. The boys and men of the Sistine Chapel Choir had the day off. In their place, some 30 women dressed in brightly-patterned dresses were ushered in—alongside only a handful of men. Not a note was heard on the pipe organ. The sound of marimbas, electric guitars, hand shakers and African and electronic drums echoed throughout St. Peter’s Basilica.

Jesuits’ Scholarship to Enable Vulnerable Refugees in Kenya Access University Education

By Mercy Maina for ACI Africa

A scholarship opportunity by the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), aims at providing vulnerable refugees living in Kenya access to university education, the leadership of the agency has said.

“JRS scholarship is about providing access to university education to vulnerable refugees who have a desire for university education but have been denied this opportunity due to a number of factors including their socio-economic status,” the leadership of the agency says in a report shared with ACI Africa Thursday, November 19.

Cameroonian refugees get health security in Taraba

By Charles Akpeji Jalingo, The Guardian

The Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS) has assisted no fewer than 50, 000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria from 2018 to date. Its Head of Programmes in Nigeria, Tamara Hart, disclosed this yesterday at the launching of Protection and Health Services for Camerounian refugees in Taraba State.

Hart said the group was not only working in 56 countries across the world but has also pursued its mission to accompany and serve other forcibly displaced people to enable them to heal, learn and determine their own future.

MUTUAL CORPORATE RELATION OF CHURCH AND STATE: Silvera House & The Parliament of Zimbabwe

Every perfect society must acknowledge the rights of every other perfect society; must render to it all duties consequent upon such rights; must respect its autonomy; and may demand the recognition of its own rights and the fulfillment of obligations arising therefrom. Whether one may also command such recognition and fulfillment is another question: one does not involve the other. Prescinding from this for the moment, the Church must respect the rights of the State to govern its subjects in all purely temporal matters, and, if the subjects of the State are likewise subjects of the Church, must hold the latter to the fulfillment of their civil duties as an obligation in conscience.

U.S. Arms Manufacturers are Profiting from Atrocities

By Fernando C. Saldivar SJ

A century ago, as Europe was emerging from World War I, there was a consensus that arms proliferation had been one of the chief causes of the conflict. This is why Article Eight of the Covenant of the League of Nations affirmed that “the manufacture by private enterprise of munitions and implements of war is open to grave objections.” The League was therefore committed to the regulation and curtailment of the private arms industry.

Côte d’Ivoire’s turbulent past remains front and centre in presidential poll

By Arsène Brice Bado SJ 

An air of fear and uncertainty looms large over the presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire as the country struggles to shake off its turbulent past. Numerous factors are critical in determining whether the elections have a peaceful or violent outcome for a country that has lived through two civil wars this century. The first bout of conflict lasted between 2002 and 2007. The second ravaged the country from 2010 to 2011.