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Institution of Acolytes and Lectors – ITCJ, Côte D’Ivoire

By Jude Forbi SJ, ITCJ

On November 21, 2020, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Jesuit Institute of Theology (ITCJ). During the course of the mass, he instituted first and second-year theologians into the ministries of lector and acolyte, respectively.

Institution into these ministries signifies both the spiritual development of the candidates who have cultivated a deep devotion to God’s Word in Scripture and the Holy Eucharist as men aspiring to ordained ministry as well as their commitment to evangelization, bringing the word of God and the Holy Eucharist to the people of God.

Hekima: Newly instituted Lectors and Acolytes called to meaningful indifference

Jean-Pierre Gandaf Walle SJ, AOC

The Hekima Jesuit community, the Pallotines community and the Montfort Missionaries in Kenya are full of joy and gratitude to God for the gift of new lectors and acolytes called to the service of the Church. 17 lectors and 18 acolytes were instituted on Saturday, 7 November 2020 during a Eucharistic celebration presided over by Father Joseph Oduor Afulo, SJ, the outgoing Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuit Province (AOR). The liturgical celebration took place in the Chapel of Hekima College with adherence to the health guidelines by the Ministry of Health in Kenya and WHO regarding Covid-19.

Open Letters to UK President Boris Johnson and AU-EU Leaders on the occasion of the postponed COP 26

From Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) & Xavier Network,

The preoccupation with Corona and the postponement of the COP 26 meeting at Glasgow raises concern that efforts to combat Climate Change are postponed as well.

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, and Fr. Franck Janin SJ, President of the Xavier Network sent a letter to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and a second one to the President of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Council of the European Union, Angela Merkel and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Leadership is Needed to Address Zambia’s Debt Crisis

By Father Alex Muyebe SJ, JCTR

On September 22nd 2020, The Zambian Government applied to holders of its US$3 billion in Eurobonds to defer debt service payments for six months while it works on a debt-restructuring strategy. This period covers three coupon payments whose due dates are 14th October, 2020, 30th January, 2021 and 20th March, 2021, on the respective bonds. On 14th October, 2020 Zambia missed paying its coupon of US$42.5 million on $1 billion of dollar bonds due in 2024.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) marks its 40th Anniversary of the accompaniment of Refugees and Migrants

By Jesuit Refugee Service East Africa

When Fr Arrupe saw the suffering of Vietnamese people fleeing their country in outrageous conditions in 1980, him and the Society of Jesus followed God’s call to assist these people and help them on their journeys. That is how, 40 years ago, the Jesuit Refugee Service was founded. Soon after that, JRS came to our region, Eastern Africa, locating their headquarters in Nairobi to assist the wave of Ethiopian and Somali refugees at the time. From then, JRS has kept growing rapidly, as a practical and spiritual response to the sufferings of refugees. Today, JRS is present in 56 countries worldwide, with the mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees, IDPs, and anyone ever obliged to flee their homes forcefully.

What should Africa do to promote good leadership?

Vatican Covid-19 Commission Africa explores leadership in Africa through this campaign "A Better Kind of Politics"

By Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network

In the Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis sees politics as one of the most valuable forms of charity because it is placed at the service of the common good. Politics which expresses the right form of populism recognizes the importance of people. This recognition of people sees them as an open category, available for discussion and dialogue. The Pope encourages efforts that will engender policy that is “with” and “of” the poor (n. 169).

COVID-19 could fuel Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling in Africa than slow them

By Andebo Pax Pascal, JENA

Human beings have always taken advantage of fellow human beings since time immemorial, prominently illustrated by the slave trade. In spite of the formal abolition of the trade, slavery has globally continued in modern times, in both open and subtle ways. This happens amidst commitments made by over 178 member countries of the United Nations through the 2000 Palermo Protocols to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, and against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea, and Air. This points to both ignorance and the deliberate little will intended to keep the practice for certain benefits some enjoy.

"A promise is a debt”: Fr Jean-Luc Enyegue SJ professes his Final Vows

By Jean-Pierre Gandaf Walle SJ, AOC Province

Saturday 31st October 2020 will remain forever in the heart of our companion Father Jean-Luc Enyegue SJ who pronounced his final vows during the mass celebrated by the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator SJ. The celebration that took place in the Chapel of Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya, was placed under the memorial of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez and under the strict observance of the health guidelines due to Covid-19.

Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection Laments Zambia’s Debt Crisis

By (L.M.) Agenzia Fides

"We are deeply concerned about the rapid weakening of the economy in our country, which is jeopardizing the economic and social life of ordinary citizens, in particular the poor, the marginalized and the vulnerable", says the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Zambia, in a statement published on the occasion of Independence Day on 24 October.

#ENDSARS: The Epistemic Issues

Feature Story | by Ujah Gabriel SJ

As the youths and their well-meaning supporters in Nigeria continue to protest, we have witnessed the evolution of what began as a protest against the ruthlessness of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which is a special unit in Nigeria Police force, and by extension, against the brutality of all forces in Nigeria, to a protest against bad leadership. Whatever grievances persist is nothing but the fruit of bad leadership which most people describe as Nigeria’s cancer. We have come to a state in Nigeria where the ills Nigerians suffer from can only be explained by bad and corrupt leadership.

African Jesuits condemn the killing of school children in Cameroun

For Immediate Release
Nairobi, 28 October 2020
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Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar Press Release
African Jesuits condemn the killing of school children in Cameroun