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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin March 2016

From the President

The empty tomb – the hiddenness of God

The empty tomb – the hiddenness of God“If I do not see him, I will not believe, said Thomas.” (John 20,25).  Well said, Thomas.  Seeing is believing.  We can identify with Thomas. Yet how is it that on entering an empty tomb, Peter and the disciple with him, the one Jesus loved, saw and believed?  How can a tomb that is empty be a cause of belief? Can the absence of Jesus be a source of energy, joy and love? More

JCAP News

Dialogue with Buddhists on ecology and faith

Dialogue with Buddhists on ecology and faithJesuits and Buddhist monks and nuns came together in early March to share and dialogue on ecology and religions in a workshop organised by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. Organised locally by Fr Lawrence Soosai SJ of the Patna Jesuit Province, the three-day workshop was held in India, in the city of Bodhgaya where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, and which is one of the holiest of Buddhist cities.   More

From the Provinces

Instituto São João de Brito opens

Instituto São João de Brito opensThe teacher education institute, Instituto São João de Brito, has opened with a small first intake of 23 students – 12 Jesuit candidates, two Dominican sisters, two SPC sisters, three ACI sisters and four lay people. ISJB will be located in Kasait, Timor-Leste next to the Jesuits' secondary school, Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiola but for now, since its buildings have still to be built, it will operate in Casa Gonzaga, the Jesuit candidate house in Dili.  More

From the Provinces

Rest in peace

Rest in peaceOn February 8, sad news of the death of a young Thai worker came to me. I rushed to the hospital to meet his relatives and friends. According to them, this young man had been too weak to work and had gone to a small local hospital. Several days ago before his death, he decided to go to the general hospital and was hospitalised but he died one day later.  More

Jesuit Formation

Exposed or immersed?

Exposed or immersed?Fr Claudiu Jani Miklós SJ from Independent Region of Romania was one of six tertians in the recently concluded 2015 to 2016 Asia Pacific Tertianship in the Philippines. Before tertianship, Fr Miklós was Spiritual Director of the Diocesan Roman Catholic High School Hám János of Satu Mare for four years. He shares with us a reflection on his tertianship experience.  More

Other Jesuit News

Click to pray

Click To PrayClick To Pray invites men and women around the world to accompany Pope Francis in a new digital way, with the hope that the continents unite in prayer for the great challenges of the world and the mission of the Church as expressed in the Pope’s intentions,” said Fr Frédéric Fornos SJ, International Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) and the Delegate of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus for Apostleship of Prayer.  More

Conference Calendar
March 31 to April 1

In this issue

  • The empty tomb – the hiddenness of God
  • Dialogue with Buddhists on ecology and faith
  • Encouraging Buddhist-Christian dialogue
  • You must be saints!
  • Rest in peace
  • Exposed or immersed?
  • Click to pray
  • Refugees' journeys of hope
  • Examining the treatment and needs of young adults in Irish prisons

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin February 2016

JCAP News

50 years of providing pastoral programmes in the spirit of Vatican II

50 years of providing pastoral programs in the spirit of Vatican IIFifty years ago, the East Asian Pastoral Institute embarked on a new mission through the initiative of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus.  After providing liturgical renewal for missionaries for more than a decade, it changed its purpose in 1966 to providing programmes for renewal and aggiornamento in the spirit of Vatican II.  More  

From the Provinces

A temporary respite

A temporary respiteAs usual it began with a phone call.  In the first week of February, a call came through from the staff at the halfway house run by the Ministry of Social Welfare in East Jakarta. A group of people needed some spiritual counsel. The people were Indonesian migrant workers who had been deported from Malaysia. The next day, a group of volunteers who call themselves Care for Migrants Network of the Jakarta Archdiocese visited the shelter and organised a common counseling session and a mass because most of the deportees were Catholic.  More 

Other Jesuit News

Advocating for migrants in the US as Pope visits Mexico-US border

Advocating for migrants in the US as Pope visits Mexico-US borderDuring Pope Francis’ visit to Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican city on the border with the United States, thousands affiliated with Jesuit institutions across the United States echoed his call for a compassionate response toward migrants by holding masses, erecting “mock border walls”, and signing a letter to members of Congress.  More 

Conference Calendar
March 3 to 6

In this issue

  • 50 years of providing pastoral programmes in the spirit of Vatican II
  • Lessons from a silver jubilee
  • Buddhist-Christian dialogue and the sustainability of life
  • A temporary respite
  • To hear, understand, and accept refugees
  • Advocating for migrants in the US as Pope visits Mexico-US border
  • First Fe y Alegría Congress in Africa

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin January 2016

JCAP News

Set aflame by Magis

Set aflame by Magis Go, set the world on fire! On January 3, 70 young people, set out to do just that in their home countries – Cambodia, Korea, Myanmar, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Indonesia – after nine days spent in the first Magis JCAP, held at Omah Petroek in Kaliurang Yogyakarta. In the opening Eucharist on December 26, JCAP Socius Fr Eric Velandria SJ told them, “Whether you are a designer or programmer, you are not just an ordinary designer or programmer. You are called to fulfil your duties and responsibilities in a magis way..."  More  

From the Provinces

An opportunity to learn about the migrant worker situation in Korea

An opportunity to learn about the migrant worker situation in KoreaThe Korean Jesuit Province is offering a programme to help scholastics and brothers-in-formation understand the real situation of migrants in an industrialised society like Korea, and the urgency of the issues they face. The programme will be run by Yiutsari, the Jesuit migrant centre located in Gimpo. Migration is one of the priorities of JCAP and Immersion Program on Migration in Korea (IPMK) 2016 will encourage participants to reflect on how to be with migrants.  More

From the Provinces

Is it safe for refugees to return to Myanmar?

Is it safe for refugees to return to Myanmar?Since the historic elections in November 2015, there has been a wave of optimism for national reconciliation, which may allow for Burmese refugees who fled to camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border decades ago to return. The elections were the first national vote in Myanmar since a nominally civilization government was established in 2011, concluding nearly 50 years of military rule.  More

Jesuit Formation

Inspired by the experience of Tacloban

Inspired by the experience of Tacloban From December 17 to January 1, 25 Jesuit scholastics from across the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific gathered in Tacloban City – one of the areas hardest hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan –to learn about disaster risk reduction and management, the theme of the 2015 Scholastics and Brothers Circle Workshop.  After talks, immersion and reflection, they each had to write a plan for disaster risk reduction and management in their own context.  Myanmarese scholastic Paul Tu Ja SJ shares this reflection on his experience.  More 

Other Jesuit News

'Lost' painting of St Francis Xavier discovered in Spain

'Lost' painting of St Francis Xavier discovered in SpainA painting thought to be of St Francis Xavier SJ – and believed to have been lost almost 250 years ago – has been rediscovered at the Royal Scots College, Salamanca in Spain. When the Scots Parliament outlawed Catholicism in Scotland in 1560, seminaries were founded at Tournay, Rome, Paris and Madrid to ensure a supply of priests for the Scottish Mission.  More

Conference Calendar
February 6

In this issue

  • Set aflame by Magis
  • Scholastics learn how to plan for disasters
  • Converging to dialogue on sustainability of life
  • An opportunity to learn about the migrant worker situation in Korea
  • Is it safe for refugees to return to Myanmar?
  • Inspired by the experience of Tacloban
  • He knew where his heart was
  • 'Lost' painting of St Francis Xavier discovered in Spain
  • Loyola University Chicago approves Magis fund for undocumented students

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin December 2015

From the President

Collaborating to answer the call of the Eternal King

Collaborating to answer the call of the Eternal King

Advent and the approach of Christmas bring a message of hope.  As the sun will surely rise, so will the Son of Justice.  The downtrodden will be saved and peace established.  Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.  The Lord, our best teacher, will come, Isaiah the prophet assures us:  “He who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or to left you will hear this voice behind you saying ‘This is the way, follow it’” (Isaiah 30:21). More

JCAP News

Forming Ignatian leaders for Asia Pacific

Forming Ignatian leaders for Asia Pacific Are leaders born or made? This question has long been debated by experts around the world. Some claim that there are people naturally cut out for leadership, and others insist that becoming a leader is a process. Either way, it cannot be denied that there are no perfect leaders and that, whether you are a born leader or a leader who took time to develop, there is always room to become better at leading. This is the premise that grounds the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific’s Leadership Development Programme.  More

From the Provinces

60 years of Jesuit life and service in Korea

60 years of Jesuit life and service in KoreaAs they mark the 60th anniversary of the Society of Jesus in Korea this year, the Jesuits in Korea have been reviewing and reflecting on the past and the present, and will soon be discussing the future they see for their Province. The latest anniversary activity was a symposium held on December 8 to coincide with the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  More

From the Provinces

Providing healthcare services to the people in Ulmera

Providing healthcare services to the people in Ulmera The clinic may only be six months old and located in a classroom in Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiola (CSIL) in Kasait, but already it has begun community outreach services to nine villages in the broader Ulmera area.  The focus has been on raising awareness of hygiene, safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition and communicable diseases, and organising dental, eye and general medical checks.  More 

Jesuit Formation

Expanding horizons in formation

Expanding horizons in formation“Why have you been sent here to Arrupe?” It was a question from a senior Jesuit at a dining table. Before I could answer he said that usually Jesuits selected to be sent to Arrupe for their studies become formators and superiors in their respective places. I was surprised by that conversation. Though I knew it was humorous talk, I realized there is some bit of truth in it. This was my first impression of life at Arrupe International Residence.  More

Other Jesuit News

Putting mercy in motion

Putting mercy in motion On December 8, as a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) launched the “Mercy in Motion” advocacy and fundraising campaign to expand and strengthen their education programmes. JRS’ goal is to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees than they currently serve by the year 2020.  More 

Conference Calendar
December 17 to January 1

In this issue

  • Collaborating to answer the call of the Eternal King
  • Forming Ignatian leaders for Asia Pacific
  • 60 years of Jesuit life and service in Korea
  • Providing healthcare services to the people in Ulmera
  • Service in the name of faith and science
  • Urging Australia to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12
  • Expanding horizons in formation
  • Formators and formation at AIR
  • Putting mercy in motion
  • Pope Francis visits Jesuit parish in Nairobi during Africa trip

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin November 2015

JCAP News

Gearing up for Magis Asia Pacific

Gearing up for Magis Asia PacificThe first Magis event for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific begins in a month. On Boxing Day, youth from seven provinces and regions in the Conference will converge in Yogyakarta for the nine-day workshop. Organised by the newly formed JCAP Youth Ministry team, Magis JCAP will help encourage Ignatian Magis formation in Asia Pacific.  More

From the Provinces

Hopes and aspirations

Hopes and aspirationsThe scorching sun may deter some people from venturing out of their homes, but not the hundreds of children hoping to get a place in Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiola. They braved the heat, some travelling for an hour, to go to Kasait for the entrance exam.  In total, 278 candidates for Year 7 and 145 for Year 10 showed up, excited and anxious.  More

From the Provinces

Two years after Haiyan … a new life

Two years after Haiyan … a new lifeA new life. That is how Lilia Advincula of Barangay Calvary Hill in Tacloban City described her community’s situation as they commemorated the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan on November 8. She remembers that even before Haiyan, many residents had been jobless with a stagnant quality of living.  More

Jesuit Formation

Diversity was something we celebrated

Diversity was something we celebratedPhilippine Jesuit Provincial Fr Antonio Moreno SJ was a member of the first Arrupe International Residence community. As AIR celebrates its 25th anniversary, he shares some of graces and challenges of living in the multicultural Jesuit house of formation that AIR was established to be. More

Other Jesuit News

Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth 

Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on November 14, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.  More

Conference Calendar
Dec 3 to Dec 6

In this issue

  • Gearing up for Magis Asia Pacific
  • Learning from the Experiment
  • Celebrating 25 years as an international house of formation
  • Hopes and aspirations
  • Taipei’s National Museum celebrates Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione
  • Two years after Haiyan … a new life
  • Honouring a nun’s dedication
  • Diversity was something we celebrated
  • Warmly welcomed halfway across the world
  • Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin October 2015

From the President

General Congregation 36 begins 

GC 36 JCAP Electors Meeting, October 2015A Jesuit General Congregation is a rare event.  This month, the 36th General Congregation to be held since the Society of Jesus was founded 475 years ago begins with the first meeting of Electors in the six Jesuit Conferences across the world. For the Jesuits in Asia Pacific, this meeting was held in Manila from October 19 to 22. More

 

 

Read two messages concerning GC 36 from earlier this month.

General Congregation 36 begins

 

What can we expect from GC 36?

Recalibrating our response to the call of the Eternal King

From the Provinces

Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’

Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’The Jesuits, volunteers, religious sisters, and Khmer collaborator of Jesuit Mission Cambodia welcome and support the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’(On Care for Our Common Home). The Pope’s letter speaks poignantly to us in our present time and place. Last year, Cambodia ranked first in the world for the highest rate of forest loss between 2001 and 2014. More

From the Provinces

Pastoral care for the families left behind by labour migration    

Pastoral care for the families left behind by labour migration	“I didn’t experience your caress when I was little because you left me on day one, and even up to now,” writes one student at a workshop on dealing with loneliness for children of Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “But I am really longing for that time when you come home,” “and “hopefully when that time comes, I would know what it feels like to be hugged by my real mom.”  More 

Jesuit Formation

Being part of building Timor-Leste

Being part of building Timor-Leste Australian scholastic Andy Nguyen SJ is putting his training as an architect to good use in Timor-Leste, where he is doing the second year of the Regency stage of his formation. He is coordinating the various Jesuit design and construction projects in the country. He shares this reflection of his experience since arriving in the country in April this year.  More 

Other Jesuit News

Top European Jesuits call for solidarity with refugees

Top European Jesuits call for solidarity with refugees Hospitality and generosity should be at the centre of our response to the increased arrivals of refugees in Europe, say a group of leading European Jesuits in a statement released October 19, 2015. The statement acknowledges work done over past decades with refugee and migrant communities by Jesuits and those working with them and calls for renewed energy and vision in building active solidarity and hospitality with forced migrants.  More

Conference Calendar
Nov 14

In this issue

  • General Congregation 36 begins
  • Jesuits in Cambodia respond to Laudato si’
  • The power of a genuinely global response
  • Loyola School of Theology celebrates Golden Jubilee
  • Pastoral care for the families left behind by labour migration
  • Providing a spiritual space for people to encounter God
  • Forming Catholic students in Vietnam
  • Being part of building Timor-Leste
  • Top European Jesuits call for solidarity with refugees

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin September 2015

JCAP News

To be with, to think with, to act with, to pray with

To be with, to think with, to act with, to pray withWhat does it mean to serve the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised?  For starters, it means more than providing them with services.  It also means more than giving handouts – monetary or in kind.  It means more than helping to give the poor a voice.  More 

From the Provinces

Australian province launches new policy for safeguarding children

Australian province launches new policy for safeguarding childrenOn September 8, Australian Jesuit Provincial Fr Brian McCoy flagged the release of the Province Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. The document is addressed to all Province members and personnel.  More

From the Provinces

Collaborating for peace and justice in Japan and Korea

Collaborating for peace and justice in Japan and KoreaThe Japan and Korea Jesuit Provinces took collaboration a step further in September by holding their first plenary meeting of Jesuits and collaborators working in the social apostolate of the two provinces. The meeting took place on Jeju Island, in conjunction with the 2015 Gangjeong Peace Conference.  More 

Jesuit Formation

Looking back on the Arrupe Month

Looking back on the Arrupe Month Korean Jesuit Mincheol Kim was ordained deacon on September 5.   Before his ordination, he went to Taiwan for his Arrupe Month, a period of reflection and discussion that prepares Jesuit scholastics for ordination.  He shares three fruits of his Arrupe Month experience from July 17 to August 7.  More

General Congregation 36

GC 36 – Responding to new calls and urgent needs

GC 36 – Responding to new calls and urgent needsThe Preparatory Commission (Coetus Praevius) for GC 36 met in Rome from Monday, August 31 to Saturday, September 12. The task of the group, which included Fr General Adolfo Nicolás SJ and the Conference Presidents, was to draw up an agenda for the upcoming General Congregation.  More

Conference Calendar
Sept 28 to Oct 1

In this issue

  • To be with, to think with, to act with, to pray with
  • Jesuit universities boost green initiatives
  • Australian Jesuit Province launches new policy for safeguarding children
  • A first conjoint Arrupe Month for the “chopsticks” Jesuit Provinces
  • Collaborating for peace and justice in Japan and Korea
  • Experiencing justice and regaining hope
  • JRS urges Australia to increase humanitarian intake
  • Kicking up a storm with “The Tempest”
  • Looking back on the Arrupe Month
  • GC 36 – Responding to new calls and urgent needs

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin August 2015

JCAP News

The Asia Pacific face of the promotion of justice

Committee for the Development of Socio-Economic Life in Asia (SELA)A black and white photograph caught the eye on entering the meeting room for this year’s Social Apostolate meeting in Kuala Lumpur. It showed six men, all Jesuits and all Caucasian, deep in thought. The photograph was taken sometime in 1971 when the Committee for the Development of Socio-Economic Life in Asia, the predecessor of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific social apostolate office, had a meeting.  More

From the Provinces

Aiding in flood relief efforts

Aiding in flood relief efforts The fury and ferocity of floods becomes more amplified when one sees the situation first hand.  The data, descriptions and dashboards of information fail to project the face of people and their experience at the ground level.  At the invitation of the Bishop of Kalay (Sagaing division – the place that took the brunt of floods), we visited Kalay.  More

From the Provinces

Solidarity and collaboration for peace

Gangjeong Village in Jeju Island, South Korea, is the site of an ongoing peace movement protesting the construction of a Korean naval base on the island.Solidarity in social apostolates is rapidly increasing between the Japan and Korea Jesuit Provinces.  In another step towards increased collaboration, the two provinces will hold a bi-province meeting, timed to coincide with the 2015 Gangjeong Peace Conference to be held from September 7 to 9.  More 

Jesuit Formation

My God becomes bigger and bigger

EATEP 2015My first impression of the East Asia Theological Encounter Programme was a group of scholastics wearing white practitioner’s clothes sitting in the lotus position with the slight smiles that you see in images of the Buddha. I had seen these images when I was studying philosophy in Arrupe International Residence, and I was curious at that time as to why the faces looked so calm and peaceful.  More 

Other Jesuit News

Finding God in Amsterdam

Finding God in AmsterdamA recent endeavour in Jesuit Conference of European Provincials saw 100 Jesuits sent out in small groups on “experiment”’ across North West Europe to engage in different aspects of the Society of Jesus’ ministry. Fr Jim Corkery SJ and three of his Jesuit brothers found themselves in Amsterdam, where they experienced the graces of community life in a new way and found God at work everywhere, from a Jesuit church to the red light district!  More

Conference Calendar
Aug 31

In this issue

  • The Asia Pacific face of the promotion of justice
  • Prayers for GC 36
  • Aiding in flood relief efforts
  • New Jesuit priests in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and China
  • Seven new Jesuit priests in Vietnam
  • Brothers by blood and by vocation
  • Solidarity and collaboration for peace
  • Dropping off the edge
  • My God becomes bigger and bigger

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: News Bulletin July 2015

From the President

Reminded of who we are called to serve

JRS Cambodia Reflection Center in Siem ReapAt last week’s assembly of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific the major superiors reflected on Laudato si’ and issued a declaration that seeks to animate a lively response in Asia Pacific.  We urge all Jesuits in our Conference, our colleagues, and all those we seek to serve, to make a thoughtful and generous response to Pope Francis’ plea to reconcile with creation, which is one of our apostolic priorities. More

JCAP News

Converging in Melbourne to discuss social communications

Jescom-AP 2015 meetingDelegates from across Asia Pacific gathered in Melbourne for a three-day meeting recently, sharing experiences and building bridges between the diverse social communication works in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. The director of Union of Catholic Asian News and the founder of Jesuit Communications Australia, Fr Michael Kelly SJ, joined the delegates for the first day of the meeting. More  

From the Provinces

Ten new Jesuit priests in Korea

Ten new Jesuit priests in KoreaThe Jesuit Korean Province celebrated the ordination of 10 new priests on July 1. More than 2,000 people participated in the ordination mass concelebrated by Most Rev Gyoung-chon Timothy Yu, Auxiliary Bishop of Seoul, and 160 priests, at Myung-dong Cathedral in Seoul, South Korea. During his homily, Bishop Yu reminded the newly ordained Jesuits of the Jesuit charism to be contemplatives in action that makes Jesuit priesthood possible. More 

From the Provinces

Thai Jesuit education project on the way

Thai Jesuit education project on the wayWith the cooperation and support of a considerable circle of lay experts as well as the advice of Jesuit educators in Asia Pacific, the Jesuits in Thailand are embarking on an ambitious education project to serve the poor, especially the indigenous communities in the northern mountains of the country. More 

Jesuit Formation

The joy in the struggle

The joy in the struggleMy experiences in India go with the words of Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” This made me realize how, when I first arrived in India, it was difficult for me to connect the experiences I had to what I have become now. In the beginning, I never thought I would be able to survive in India. It took me three months to adjust. However, God’s graces always encouraged me to see this obstacle with a positive attitude. More 

Other Jesuit News

Stoic determination after a historic disaster

Stoic determination after a historic disasterRelief work continues three months after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25. The disaster killed thousands and demolished more than half a million homes. A few weeks later, on May 12, a second major earthquake struck just as people were beginning to recover. The death toll from the two quakes stands at close to 9,000 people. More 

Conference Calendar
July 22 to August 17

In this issue

  • Reminded of who we are called to serve
  • Converging in Melbourne to discuss social communications
  • Ten new Jesuit priests in Korea
  • Jesuit writes mass for Singapore’s 50th year of independence
  • Thai Jesuit education project on the way
  • Networking Jesuit universities
  • The joy in the struggle
  • Stoic determination after a historic disaster

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Jesuits in Asia Pacific: Statement on Laudato si' - July 2015

Statement on Laudato si’ 

We, the major superiors of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific, sincerely and enthusiastically welcome Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato si’ (On the Care of Our Common Home).  He draws attention to the urgent need for reconciliation with creation, already one of our apostolic priorities in Asia Pacific.  We urge all the members of our Conference, our colleagues, and all those we seek to serve to make a thoughtful and genero

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