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10 Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) takeaways

29 February 2020
Jesuits and collaborators in the Cambodian mission (Photo credit:

The processes of assimilation and internalization of the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) continue in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP). In a workshop with Jesuits and collaborators in the Cambodian Mission on 19 February, the anniversary of the promulgation of the UAPs, JCAP President Fr Antonio “Tony” Moreno SJ reminded the participants “that the UAPs are a Mission of the Church entrusted to the Society, and stressed that it is not only the doing that is important but also being what the UAPs expect of the Jesuits.” Fr Tony shared with Ecojesuit his 10 UAP takeaways that guide and ground our work in the different ministries all around the world: The UAPs are orientations entrusted to Jesuits and their companions in mission by the Church through the Holy Father. In a sense, they are not simply our “preferences,” but discerned missio Dei. The UAPs are not just about doing something apostolic and how we do things. They invite Jesuits and their companions to a process of conversion, a way of being. They are expressions of the crying need of the 36th General Congregation for conversion at all levels: personal, communal and institutional. “The preferences are also about how God can change us.” (Fr General Antonio
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Querida Amazonía, the heart of the matter

15 February 2020

A transcription of a Vatican Media interview of Cardinal Michael Czerny Querida Amazonía, or beloved Amazon, the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis was given on 2 February 2020, after the Synod on the Amazon and the release of the Final Document, The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology in October 2019. In a brief video by Vatican News, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Special Secretary of the Synod for the Amazon, explains the key elements, the heart of the matter, of Pope Francis’ exhortation: The four “great” dreams for the Amazon – the social, the cultural, the ecological, and the pastoral The importance of the Amazon globally and its interconnectedness to the whole world Responding to the needs for the Eucharist and the sacraments throughout the Amazon and the Pope’s call for a wide range of responses such as sending more missionaries, better and greater formation of deacons, forming at least one seminary for indigenous candidates, among others The recognition of the great and essential role of women have played for years, for decades, for centuries in maintaining and passing on the faith in the Amazon and explore the creative development of new possibilities for women
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