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Mozambique besieged by insurgency a year after papal visit

by Tawanda Karombo | National Catholic Reporter

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — A year after Pope Francis' visit to Mozambique, where the pontiff lauded the leaders of the country for forging a peace deal after decades of civil conflict, the southeast African nation is now besieged by an Islamic insurgency that is displacing hundreds of thousands and driving some to the edge of hopelessness.

New Vice-Chancellor of Arrupe Jesuit University, Zimbabwe appointed

The Trustees of Arrupe Jesuit University are happy to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Joseph Oduor Afulo, SJ as the next Vice-Chancellor of Arrupe Jesuit University.

Rev. Dr. Joseph Oduor Afulo received his PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and has served as the Principal of Hekima College, the Jesuit school of Theology in Nairobi Kenya (now Hekima University College).

Communicating the mission of the Society of Jesus amidst a looming pandemic

Communication directors from the six Jesuit Conferences for the first time met virtually on October 12-16. The sessions were held for 3 hours every day, and were tailor-made into presentations, break out sessions, and prayer. Usually, the annual meetings take place in the General Curia in Rome, but due to the current global health emergency and crisis, this was not possible.

Jesuits in Rwanda launch Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Youth Training

By Henriette Mushimiyimana

The Jesuit Urumuri Centre (JUC) launched a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship program for youth. At its completion, participants will have learned how to prepare, run, and nurture good business ideas. The initiative came about as a result of observing young graduates and job-seekers competing for employment in an environment where opportunities are very scarce.

African Jesuits AIDS Network (AJAN) rolls out a Mobile App to Sensitize African Youth on HIV/AIDS

To ensure that African youth continue to enjoy exciting opportunities from the African Jesuits AIDS Network (AJAN), towards improving their knowledge on HIV and AIDS, we are happy to announce the 'AHAPPY' mobile app. In a letter to the AJAN network directors on 15 September 2020, Fr. John the Baptist Anyeh-Zamcho SJ, Socius to the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), and acting director to AJAN, called on everyone to share the information to as many youths as possible to ensure successful enrollment and commencement of learning on the platform.

Experts Call for Africa’s Change of Tact in Realizing “Fratelli Tutti” Proposals

By Agnes Ineah | for ACI Africa

In Africa, efforts to attain economic freedom are not working since they have only widened the gap between a few rich individuals and the majority poor, religious experts who met to discuss Pope Francis’ new Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, have said.

The leaders, including economic, political, and security experts from African countries and the Vatican, reiterated Pope Francis’ call for “a new economic model” that is all-inclusive in his new Encyclical.

Jesuits globally call for the immediate release from prison of Indian Jesuit Priest, Father Stan Swamy SJ

By Jesuit Conference of South Asia, New Delhi | 9 October 2020

The Society of Jesus throughout the world is calling on solidarity in the release of a Jesuit veteran unjustly detained for his activism in favor of human rights in Ranchi, India. Renowned Jesuit priest Stan Swamy was taken into custody by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA). Fr. Stan has worked tremendously to uplift marginalised, and vulnerable people, especially for the tribals in Jharkhand for several decades.  The Society of Jesus worldwide condemns the arrest of Fr. Stan Swamy, demand his immediate release, and we are calling on the Indian Government to refrain from arbitrarily detaining innocent law-abiding citizens.

'Fratelli Tutti' is Ubuntu by any other name

by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator for National Catholic Reporter

"Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu." This saying exists in variant forms in Southern Africa's bantu languages and translates as, "A person is a person through other persons" or, "I am because we are."

Strikingly, Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti contains an equivalent: "Each of us is fully a person when we are part of a people; at the same time, there are no peoples without respect for the individuality of each person" (Paragraph 182). In other words, we are "brothers and sisters all" (8).

Re-connecting: JCAM Child Protection Officers’ webinar

On September 24th and 25th, Child Protection Officers (CPOs) in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar from the various Provinces and Regions converged online to attend a webinar organised by the JCAM Safeguarding Office. Despite the diverse geographical locations, languages, and the challenges presented by varied internet bandwidth, 20 participants set aside their time to take part in this webinar.  

New Regional Superior for Rwanda Burundi Region (RWB)

Father General appointed Fr. Fabien Gasigwa (48 years old) as the new Regional Superior of the Rwanda-Burundi Region. Fr. Fabien Gasigwa is the current Socius to the Regional Superior. He joined the Society in 1993 and was ordained in 2006. Before becoming assistant to the Regional Superior, he worked as treasurer and as superior of the Christus Community from 2012 to 2015.

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices research on covid-19 in Kenya and Madagascar – African Jesuits AIDS Network

By Caleb Mwamisi, AJAN Communications Officer

The African Jesuit AIDS Network is carrying out a survey on COVID-19. Its objectives include determining awareness levels, understanding perceptions, and practices regarding COVID-19. Dr. Robert Oswago, a social researcher from Pwani University in Kenya is the lead consultant in a process that involves four other co-investigators.