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Fr. Ismael Matambura SJ, appointed new Director for African Jesuits Aids Network

On June 16, 2020, the JCAM President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, announced the appointment of Fr. Ismael Matambura SJ, as the next Director of African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN). Fr. Matambura is a member of the Central Africa Province (ACE), and presently leads Centre Maisha in Kisangani, RDC. He will replace Fr. Elphège Quenum SJ.

Arrupe Jesuit University holds the first virtual graduation in Zimbabwe

The Arrupe Jesuit University (AJU) in Harare, Zimbabwe, held virtual graduation on June 12, 2020. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance and also the Registrar of AJU, Dr. Gilbert Madai SJ, led the program of the day meticulously, observing all protocols just like it would be on a normal graduation day. He welcomed all those present physically and those who followed the ceremony virtually.

An altar call to service behind closed doors

By Jude Forbi SJ,

On Saturday, June 13, 2020, marked by generous rains, fourteen Jesuit scholastics of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) were ordained deacons inside the chapel of the Jesuit Institute of theology (ITCJ) Abidjan, by Mgr. Jean Salomon LEZOUTIÉ, Bishop of the diocese of Yopougon – Côte d’Ivoire.

Why I have not left my Jesuit mission in Africa during the coronavirus pandemic

By Matthew Ippel SJ, American Magazine

When it looked like the novel coronavirus was going to come to South Sudan in late March, our Jesuit Refugee Service national staff was ordered to return to their families, while international staff would return to their countries of origin.

A “virtual” Consiglio allargato

What is the impact of Covid on our apostolates? What is happening about the Preferences and are they moving forward? These are some of the questions that the Extended Council of Father General has been looking at during the second week of June. Each one at his own computer, the members met, shared and worked. The Society has to move forward even in the situation of the COVID.

Diaconate ordination of Jesuit scholastics at the Theological Institute in Abidjan

The Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus has the joy of calling to diaconate orders this Saturday June 13, 2020, 14 scholastics residing at the theologate of the Society of Jesus in Abidjan. Please pray in union with the Jesuit scholastics namely:

Gender Based Inequalities Amplified by COVID-19 Pandemic

By Professor Father Michael J. Kelly
Contributing to the Key Correspondent Programme | Luwisha House, Lusaka, Zambia

The United Nations has reminded us that a pandemic amplifies and heightens all inequalities. The circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic bear it out that this is very true of gender-based inequalities. This article examines the most outstanding of these male-female differences and in particular the unbalanced way the pandemic increases the burdens placed on women and adds new ones.

Pentecost Prayer Vigil Launches Effort to Unite Global Jesuit/Ignatian Family

More than 70,000 people in fifty countries have participated in an online Pentecost prayer vigil that united the global Jesuit and Ignatian family on an unprecedented scale. The complex undertaking took place on the vigil of Pentecost, in three separate time zones across the globe.

Walk with the Poor and Feed the Hungry in the midst of COVID-19 Crisis

By Henriette Mushimiyimana, JUC

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has put our humanity to the test as we are being challenged to walk with the most exposed and vulnerable among us. Obviously, the preventative measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus, including government lockdowns, have thrown a great many into poverty and survival mood.

Safeguarding during Covid-19: A Victim’s Perspective

Almost 500 people from 70 countries registered for a webinar sponsored by the International Safeguarding Conference on the theme “A Safer Church” on Friday afternoon.

Beatrice Mumbi, Safeguarding Coordinator for Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), presented how the Jesuits in Africa have responded to the issue of safeguarding during the coronavirus pandemic in Africa.

Veni sancte Spiritus: The Ignatian Family in a Worldwide Prayer Vigil

JCAM Communications

From each corner of the world, united in prayer we can experience the deeper reality of the Holy Spirit .

Pentecost is fast approaching, and though the current global pandemic is clattering our minds, it is a day we ought to be reminded of the “when”and the “what”. This is the day the church “the called” of God, was born, the Holy Spirit indwelled on the followers of Christ and hence the continual growth of the Church since that Pentecost Sunday.