September 2016

An urgent call to stop the use of cluster munitions

“It is outrageous that new cluster munitions are still killing people in Syria and Yemen in 2016 and causing so many new refugees,” said Sr Denise Coghlan RSM, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia.

The Cluster Munitions Monitor for 2016 released on September 1 documented this use and also the progress being made in stockpile destruction, clearance and assistance to enhance the quality of life of the survivors.

Helping to empower Filipino migrant workers and their families

Filipino Mayette G has lived in Rome, Italy for almost 25 years. She is a single mother of three grown children, two of whom are in the Philippines.  She is also living testimony of the strength of a programme conceived to empower Filipino migrant workers when they finally return to the Philippines for good.

He never went back home

The Jesuit Journey of Adolfo Nicolás

Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ has served as superior general of the Society of Jesus since 2008. He will formally step down next month as Jesuit electors gather in Rome to choose a new leader and deliberate on the future of the order.

Celebrating the Season of Creation

In one sense it is strange that we should have a “season” of Creation. All seasons are of Creation; they are its very life, the process of sustaining all lives.  But, thanks to Pope Francis, the Catholic Church celebrated the Season of Creation for the first time in 2015.  

A beacon of hope

Indonesian scholastic Tiro Daenuwy SJ shares what he learnt from his immersion experience in an Islamic boarding house in Garut, West Java, Indonesia.  The five-day immersion held from July 29 to August 2 is a vital part of the Asia Pacific Theological Encounter Programme, a formation programme in contextual theology with a focus on Islam that is conducted annually by the Jesuits in Indonesia. Part 1.

Jesuits in Korea and Japan confront ethnic reconciliation

August is a symbolic month dedicated to peace movements in Japan. Seventy-one years have passed since the defeat of Japan in the Second World War, but the dropping of the first two nuclear bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945) are still vividly remembered.

A group of 34 Jesuits, half of them from Korea and the rest from Japan gathered in Shimonoseki, in the west of Japan from August 23 to 26 to heal wounds occasioned by the worst historical relationship between both countries and to search for closer cooperation.

A whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope

“There are a lot of stories we can tell about these two institutions, but they are a whole story of gratitude, renewal and hope”.  

The two institutions are Loyola House of Studies (LHS) and the Loyola School of Theology (LST) which this month concluded their yearlong golden jubilee celebration.  At the closing dinner on September 11, Fr Antonio Moreno SJ, Philippine Jesuit Provincial and Loyola School of Theology Vice-Chancellor, described the story of LHS and LST as a tale of appreciation and optimism.

Serving the City, Serving the People

Thirty-eight students from Jesuit universities in four Asian countries gathered in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for this year’s Service Learning Programme (SLP), hosted by Sanata Dharma University.  The theme this year - Serving the City, Serving the People: Developing Youth Social Movement within the Urban Communities - was inspired by a growing concern that city development is happening without citizen involvement.

The programme employed the Ignatian Pedagogy Framework of Context-Experience-Reflection-Action-Evaluation.

In Motion videos on refugee stories

“I have a big dream for my son. I myself wish to be an educated man, and I want my son to become one too.  I want him to get opportunities that we couldn’t get,” says Peter, a community organizer from Kachin State, internally displaced in Myanmar. 

Ateneo de Davao University underscores commitment to the environment

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao is home to an abundance of natural resources, chief among them are forests and aquatic resources that sustain and nourish ecosystems. But big agricultural developments and large-scale mining activities have resulted in land dispossession of indigenous communities, violence and environmental degradation.