The inaugural issue of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network-Africa (JENA) newsletter was recently launched as JENA’s “voice and chronicle” in its “commitment to advocate for and with the vulnerable, while nurturing the Earth that sustains us all.”
JENA Executive Director Charlie Chilufya SJ provides a brief introduction on this online JENA publication that heeds the call of Pope Francis who “urged us to actively ‘prepare the future’ rather than passively await a future shaped by the hands of others.”
He shares that this effort is also part of reasserting the Church’s mission and the “collective responsibility to walk alongside those who endure suffering, aiding them in their pursuit to conceive and actualize the world of tomorrow, today. Through this compassionate journey, we are called to ‘build back better,’ nurturing resilient communities, strengthening the bonds of families, and honoring the sanctity of God’s creation.”
The JENA newsletter features analysis and field reports on the intertwined challenges of poverty, environmental degradation, and social injustice in the region. For the inaugural issue, there are stories that “draw insights from the experiences of communities in Southern Malawi where compassion has become a catalyst for change, scrutinizing the intersection of peace and justice, and championing the cause of climate justice inextricably linked to financial and debt justice.”
There is also the focus on COP28 as “climate finance assumes centerstage and developing nations look towards the developed world for not just promises, but the fulfillment of financial commitments that empower action and bolster trust in this multilateral process.”
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