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Youth Group in Ghana Concludes Laudato Si’ Week with Tree Planting Initiative

ACI Africa

Among an array of activities to close the week-long celebrations of Laudato Si’, the Ignitian Youth Network (IYNIGO), an Arrupe Jesuit Institute youth empowerment movement in Ghana attended Holy Mass that was marked by planting of trees as a gesture of their commitment towards environmental sustainability.

Giving hope to people living with HIV/AIDS amidst COVID-19

By Caleb Mwamisi, AJAN

A few minutes after 9:00 AM on Friday, 22 May 2020, at the conclusion of a #WalkwithaVulnerableFamily exercise at Upendo OVC buildings, the AJAN team joins Evelyn Nyakoa on a brief journey to her house. Her gratitude is palpable as she saunters ahead of us. Her determination and hope are commendable because, whenever she utters a statement, it is punctuated by some joy. She is gracious enough to invite us to her home within the Kangemi neighborhood.

Jesuits mourn the passing of former Superior General

“A man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious, dedicated”

20/05/2020 {The letter of Fr Sosa to the whole Society of Jesus is available HERE}

The Jesuit General Curia in Rome today announced that former Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás died, today, in Tokyo, Japan. He was a member of the Jesuit community of Loyola House in Kamishakujii, and had been ill for a number of years. He is deeply mourned by the Jesuits of Japan and Asia Pacific, his family and compatriots in Spain, and his many friends around the world.

Jesuits in Africa are commited to work together to promote social support efforts for the urban poor in Africa amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

Nairobi| 15 May 2020

African Governments must protect the poor and vulnerable from Covid-19 effects

The Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) made an unprecedented move and commitment to work together to accelerate social support for the urban poor in Africa amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

ZIMBABWE: Jesuits Join Fight against Covid-19

Featured post | CISA

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) through its tertiary institution, St Peters Kubatana Industrial Training College, has joined the fight against Covid-19 in the country by carrying out mass production of masks and hand sanitizers.

According to a May 8 report by Fr Anesu Manyere SJ, the Director of the institution, the masks are submitted to the Ministry of Health for sanitization and then distributed to hospitals, clinics and other areas.

COVID-19 as a Parable of the Community

Image by PIRO4D from Pixabay

Amadi Eziokwubundu SJ

Eerie. Visible. Sullen. Probing. No other adjectives could better describe the silence that now engulfs our relatively quiet neighbourhood of Angré every night. It is even more glaring in the section of the neighbourhood where our Jesuit theologate and community is located, because there are fewer houses and people there. This new air began on March 23; the day the first period of COVID-19 curfew decree took effect in Abidjan (from 9 pm until 5 am).

COVID-19: An appeal by the Mining Justice Network to cooperation and solidarity with communities affected by mining

The COVID-19 pandemic is having globally devastating effects on all aspects of life - the economy, security, education, food and health of families and communities. In this scenario, we should be guided by the values ​​of cooperation and solidarity, otherwise the excluded and the most vulnerable in society will bear the brunt of this pandemic, during and after the crisis.

COVID-19: Equipping Pastoral Agents at ITCJ

Renaud Adjaho SJ

From Monday May 4th to Saturday 9th May 2020, the Centre de Counseling Professionnel et de Pastorale Clinique (COPAC) of l’Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ) in collaboration with Centre de Recherche et d'Action pour la Paix (CERAP), organized a training program for priests and religious in Africa. The theme for this workshop was “Psycho-Pastoral listening and intervention in times of crisis.”

Jesuit Social ministries in Africa launch relief response to feed vulnerable families

By Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications

Jesuits in Africa have been at the forefront in support of local vulnerable families within the communities where they serve. Jesuit Provinces have launched several COVID-19 emergency response efforts to confront the current global pandemic that has led to over 2000 deaths across the continent. The novel coronavirus 2019 has displaced many economically, with those who live under a dollar mostly being affected.

Leaving no one behind: Emergency Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The pandemic COVID-19 has hit the whole world like a tornado and is leaving many casualties along the way; among them are individuals whose jobs and means of income and means of providing for their families have come to an end as a result of governments’ lockdown orders. In Rwanda, the lockdown began on the 22nd of March and though it was partially lifted on the 4th of May, group gatherings are still discouraged, many institutions are unable to fully function, and a number of people are still out of employment or without any form of income.

Limits of Debt relief and Debt Forgiveness

Blog Post | François Pazisnewende Kabore SJ

In the context of Covid-19, debt relief and debt cancellation are in the top list of the bilateral and multilateral measures that developing countries are benefiting from. What are the challenges of these measures? In order to help deepen what is at stake, the current reflexion first provides a working definition of the main concepts. Second, we discuss the economic impact of a temporary debt relief or cancellation. Third, we suggest a few conditions for the efficiency of debt relief and cancellation, based on the case of Burkina Faso.