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Arrupe Jesuit Institute Launches Biennial "Sarpong Theological Lecture"

By Joshua Pwalia, AJI 

The Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI), the Ghana-based social justice centre of the Jesuit North-west Africa Province, recently birthed a new initiative called the “Sarpong Theological Lecture” in Accra. This is a biennial lecture that honours the intellectual legacy of the emeritus archbishop of Kumasi, Most Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong by exploring issues and trends in African Christianity with boldness, originality, depth, understanding and acuity; an acrostic that spells one of the middle names of the honouree, Bodua Kumankoma.

Zambia is first African country to default on debt during Covid. It may not be the last.

By Tawanda Karombo | American Magazine

Jesuits in Africa are calling on the Catholic Church to press for better repayment terms on debt across the region after Zambia defaulted on a $42.5 million Eurobond coupon in November. The default sparked fears of a regional economic crisis and ripple effects on already struggling Zambians because of increased taxation and curtailed spending on social services, even as health needs increase because of the coronavirus.

Fr. General appoints new Provincial for the Society of Jesus in Southern Africa

Fr General has appointed Fr Leonard Chiti as the first Provincial of the Southern Africa Province, with effect from 25th March 2021. This new Province will be made up of the former Zambia-Malawi Province (ZAM), the former Region of South Africa (SAF), now including Eswatini, Botswana, Namibia, and Lesotho and the former Province of Zimbabwe- Mozambique (ZIM).

A ceremony held for change in leadership at the Jesuits Eastern Africa Province and the pronouncing of final vows

The Eastern Africa Province (AOR) on the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier held a vibrant ceremony to mark the change of leadership in the Province and also to incorporate one of their companions to the Society of Jesus by professing his final vows. The ceremony coincided with the Feast Day of Saint Francis Xavier one of the founders of the Society of Jesus, and whose history in the Society is equally embedded in the continent of Africa, as in 1542, the Saint, spend a few days in Malindi (current day, in Kenya). The ceremony was streamed live from the Mwangaza Jesuit Spiritual Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya, on the Loyola Center for Media and Communications YouTube channel. 

The proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)

 

This year, 2020, the African Union (AU) set for its theme, “Silencing the Guns by the year 2020” as a culmination of the efforts the Union has been making over the years to end wars on the African Continent. In this week’s video, Peace and Security expert, Dr. Wamuyu Teresia Wachira, IBVM, and a Loreto Sister based in Nairobi discusses the problem of the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

African Jesuits AIDS Network in times of covid-19

By Ismael Matambura SJ, AJAN Director for Jesuits Global

The World AIDS Day is an important day that helps all of us to reflect on the devastation this disease has caused the humanity since its emergence. According to the UNAIDS, over 75.7 million people have been infected with the virus since 1981, with over 32 million losing their lives to AIDS related illnesses. It is a day to remember those infected and affected by the disease world over, and to reflect on the efforts we are all making, and what more we can do to stop the disease. It remains a major killer, despite numerous gains made thus so far.

Message from the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) on World AIDS Day 2020

Solidarity is our Responsibility - African Jesuit AIDS Network

Dec 1, 2020, is World AIDS Day. The Society of Jesus (Jesuits and collaborators) in Africa and Madagascar stand in solidarity with all the people living with HIV. We remember all those who have lost their lives to the virus. May their souls rest in peace.

This year’s commemoration occurs in a particular context. The whole world is profoundly affected by the coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted health systems and severely impacted lives, in particular those who are already subjected to some underlying conditions including HIV/AIDS.

Prof Michael Kelly: “Let Us Cooperate to Defeat HIV, COVID-19, and Climate Change.”

 

On December 1, we commemorated World AIDS day. At age 91, on this year's World AIDS Day, the indefatigable Professor Emeritus, Fr Michael Kelly, S.J. of the Zambia-Malawi Province shared a powerful message with the world instilling reassuring hope that we shall overcome this and all other pandemics including COVID-19. Fr Kelly shows the link between HIV and AIDS and other global problems like climate change and COVID-19 showing how they exacerbate HIV and AIDS but also demonstrates the power of united humanity to stop these crises. Fr. Kelly shared this message via the Professor Michael Kelly Annual Lecture on HIV and AIDS.

A call to a foster stewardship through a "balanced approach to creation" and to ethical leadership

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

On November 27th, several students from Hekima University College converged at the Post Graduate Auditorium of Hekima Institute of Peace and International Relations (HIPSIR), to join in, on a virtual graduation ceremony held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. Hekima University College is a constituent college of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

An Interview with Fr Marcel Uwineza SJ at Hekima University College

Dr. Marcel Uwineza SJ, from Rwanda-Burundi Region (RWB) reflects on his current mission to Hekima University College, where he is teaching Theology. This interview was done by Thierry Manirambona SJ. 

Thierry: How do you feel about being back to Hekima as a lecturer? 

Dr. Marcel: The question about feelings can be subjective! However, as I look back, I feel consoled in the Ignatian sense and I am most grateful to God for the journey thus far. I am indebted to Frs. Ganza and Orobator for the mission I have received. I thank both Frs. Karekezi and Ganza who sent me for advanced studies. The latter can be demanding and I am cognizant of several people who cared and asked how I was doing in the ascetical doctoral program and those who joined to celebrate my success at Boston College. It is wonderful to celebrate others! It is a sign of freedom.

Curb Illicit Financial Flows Out of Africa

Africa Task Force for the Vatican COVID-19 Commission expert Fernando Saldivar, S.J has called for the need to curb capital flight and illicit financial flows (IFF) out of Africa. Mr. Saldivar, who is also the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network-Africa (JENA) Global Policy and Advocacy Officer, insists that the money lost by Africa as IFFs could generate new funds to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and to finance the much-needed social spending on the continent.