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International conference on youth engagement in promoting the ideals of Laudato Si' in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

The social apostolate of Rwanda-Burundi Region; Jesuit Urumuri Center, held a sub-regional conference from October 21-22, to mark the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si '. The event brought together many experts on ecology and social issues from the Great Lakes region with an aim to respond to an observation raised by the Holy Father in his encyclical that: “ The young are calling for a change. How is it possible to claim to build a better future without thinking about the environmental crisis and the suffering of those excluded?” ( Laudato si ', n° 13).

#EndSARS Protest: A Demand for Justice and Transformation

Press Release 

North-West Africa Province | Society of Jesus

Surulere, Lagos | 20 October 2020

In consonance with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the Jesuits of North-West Africa Province of the Society of Jesus have observed with great concerns, the poor handling of the youth-led #EndSARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protest across cities and towns of Nigeria by the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and wish to remind the Federal Government and the NPF that:

In Africa, farmers learn new methods for facing drought, floods

by Tawanda Karombo | National Catholic Reporter

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE — In the sweltering mid-October heat of Matobo, one of Zimbabwe's hottest and driest districts, Spiwe Moyo tended her ripening tomato crop. Nearby, underneath a baobab tree, a few emaciated donkeys and a small herd of skinny cattle take shelter from the blazing sun.

Cameroonian Jesuit Priest on pilgrimage, prays for reconciliation

Cameroonian Jesuit priest, Fr. Ludovic Lado’s peace pilgrimage will take him 250 km from Douala to Yaoundé.

by Paul Samasumo | Vatican News

Carrying only a rucksack, sleeping mat, dressed in black Cassock with his head shaved, Fr. Lado embarked Monday on a 250 km pilgrimage that should take him from Douala to Yaoundé. He wants to draw attention to the suffering brought about by the war in Cameroon, now in its fourth year.

JRS - Central Africa Republic: Contributing to the Education of Children from Early Childhood

Mélanie, 49 years old, used to sell fruits in the market in Bambari, her hometown. She was trained as a preschool teacher when the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) launched their preschool education project in the area in 2016 and has been working with us since then.

Jesuits Justice and Ecology Network (JENA) Webinar Series on Global Justice

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

This month of October JENA launched a webinar series on global justice. The webinars bring together relevant decision-makers and practitioners from politics, civil service, international organizations, and civil society to share and reflect on the exponential change needed for the wellbeing of all people and the planet to supercharge and accelerate solutions for sustainable development.

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.