Human vulnerability and environmental degradation are laid bare once more as the pandemic grows and country documentation reveals the spread of the virus. All of us are at risk, but, as with other disasters, it is always the poor and those on the margins that suffer most from society’s continuing neglect, leaving them with limited options and weakened voices. The continued abuse of and encroachment on an already degrading environment increases the potential for pandemics despite advances in science and technology increasingly driven by a technocratic model of development (LS 194).
Ujah Gabriel Ejembi SJ, Biblicum - Rome
At the Mother Church of the Society of Jesus, the Chiesa del Gesù, those present witnessed a very solemn and joy-filled ordination Mass of 20 Jesuits on Saturday, 27 June 2020. Eighteen were ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate and two to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood.
By Ernest Senanu Dovlo, IYNIGO - Accra, Ghana
The Arrupe Jesuit Institute's (AJI) youth empowerment and leadership development scheme, IYNIGO, is marking one year of its existence this month. IYNIGO, an acronym for Ignatian Youth Networks Initiating Generational Outcomes, recruits young people between the ages of 18 to 35 desirous of becoming agents of social transformation through initiating processes of enduring significance for the good of society. Since its inception, IYNIGO has grown in many ways. Significantly, it has become an integral part of the character and vision of the AJI, ensuring that young people are empowered to engage in the critical conversations and processes that impact positively on society.
By Mercy Maina, ACI Africa
The leadership of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, outlined how the personnel of the Catholic agency are keeping refugees in West Africa and the Great Lakes regions safe amid COVID-19 pandemic, which has worsened the already existing challenges.
Blog Post | Charlie B. Chilufya SJ
With only a few exceptions, all across Africa just like elsewhere in the world, schools have been closed in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to the United Nations, the world over, 166 countries closed schools and universities. UNESCO reported that the closure of schools affected 1.5 billion children and young people across the globe, representing close to 90 percent of the enrolled population. The well-intended measures to contain the spread of the virus put additional stress on education systems in Africa, which are already struggling to provide quality education for all.
By Nwowe Wanfeo SJ
Mgr Philippe Marsset, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Paris (France) ordained 10 deacons in the Church of Saint Ignace in Paris on June 20, 2020.
The liturgical celebration presided over by Mgr Philippe Marsset notably saw the participation of several priests including Father François Boëdec SJ, Provincial of the Jesuits of French-speaking Western Europe . Father François who welcomed and presented the candidates, thanked the bishop for his availability, especially at this time of the pandemic . He also acknowledged the gift of the families of the Jesuits in communion during the online ordination ceremony, from Africa and Madagascar, the United States, Europe, India and the Near East.
On Saturday, June 20th, six Jesuit Deacons, were ordained Priests in the Pedro Arrupe community chapel, at the Mwangaza Jesuit Spirituality Centre, in Nairobi-Kenya. The six Ordinands represented three provinces of the Society of Jesus in Africa namely: Eastern Africa Province (AOR), Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province (ZIM), and North-West Africa (ANW).
...to highlight the plight of refugees and to celebrate their courage and resilience
Since 2001 every year, on June 20, we celebrate internationally the World Migrant and Refugee Day (WMRD) to highlight the plight of refugees and to celebrate their courage and resilience.
The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) joins the rest of the world in commemorating and celebrating the lives of refugees.
“To know in order to understand”
In his 2020 Message, Pope Francis invites all people of faith and goodwill to get to know migrants and refugees and, this year in particular, those who have been forced to flee but have been unable to cross an international border, the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
It is said that greatness is archived through excellence. This was the atmosphere around Hekima University College on 16 June 2020 during the Buechner Awards for the Academic year 2019/2020. The award signifies excellence in various academic and theological endeavors by students from the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) and the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR).
By Fr. Benedict Mayaki SJ, Vatican News
Safeguarding Coordinator of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Beatrice Mumbi, discusses child protection and calls for proactive involvement in challenging abusive practices.
In recent months, many countries across the world imposed mandatory lockdown measures to check the spread of the Covid-19 virus.