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What do Ignatian Universal Apostolic Preferences have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

15 July 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ and Brex Arevalo The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have gone through a long process of over 20 years of refitting and reviews, while being discussed by 193 member countries. Today they include developing and developed countries and have a vision of eradicating poverty...
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The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the mission we share in

19 February 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ After 16 months of discernment in common, and with the approval and confirmation of Pope Francis, Father General Arturo Sosa of the Society of Jesus announced the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) on 19 February 2019 to guide and inspire the mission for the next 10 years (2019-2029).  These UAPs are:...
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Responding through reconciliation

30 November 2016
Session de clôture de la CG 36. Crédit photo: gc36.org

José Ignacio García, SJ The recent 36th General Congregation (GC 36) of the Jesuits has been a new opportunity to reflect on the challenges we have in front of us as a community of the Church and to find our capacities – and fears – to respond to them. The election of Father Arturo...
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Global Jesuit work in the environment

30 September 2016
“…how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” (Laudato si’, 10). Photo credit: P Walpole

Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, SJ In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society. In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José...
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Justice and ecology in GC 36

15 September 2016
Un estudio de marzo de 2015 de la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación informa que los agricultores de los países en desarrollo son los más afectados de los desastres naturales, en especial los efectos clima. Foto de: newsroom.unfccc.int

Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, SJ It was during the General Congregation (GC) 32 in 1975, when the Society of Jesus in describing its mission, mentioned the word “justice.”  Since then, our mission can be identified under the expression of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” Justice has multiple meanings, both...
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A renewed imagination in meeting our mission

31 July 2016
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José Ignacio García, SJ The Society of Jesus has some peculiarities in its form of government.  While supreme bodies of other religious congregations meet periodically every three, four, or five years, for the Jesuits, their supreme body called the General Congregation (GC) meets only to elect a new Superior General because of death, incapacity,...
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The Society of Jesus and Ecology

29 February 2016
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Patxi Álvarez, SJ (translated from Spanish by Joseph V Owens, SJ) There is an increasing ecological sensitivity in human communities throughout the world.  Our conscience pains us as we behold the mounting evidence of environmental devastation: contamination of air and soil, accumulation of toxic residues, cataclysmic natural disasters, extinction of species, and extreme climatic...
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The Spirit of adaptation, vulnerability reduction, and decision-making in reconciling with creation

15 December 2015
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Jacques Haers, SJ and Elías López, SJ In the Formula Instituti of 1550, Saint Ignatius identifies the “reconciliation of the estranged” as a key mission for the Society of Jesus. GC 35’s focus on reconciliation as the call to “right relationships with God, with fellow human beings and with creation” gives a new impulse...
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Edujesuit: Communicating and collaborating on the right to quality education

15 October 2015
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Paula Sendín The right to a life-long learning quality education for every person without any discrimination is the challenge taken up by the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Education, a right to quality education network and collaboration of Jesuit organizations joining efforts and resources to respond to this challenge. Understanding the overarching importance of communication...
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Laudato si’ and integral ecology: Do not be afraid

15 October 2015
El valor web y las fronteras planetarias. Foto de: International Civil Society Centre

Pedro Walpole “Do not be afraid” could well have been Pope Francis’ opening words in this encyclical, as he asks us to go deeper, and not to fear going deeper, into our daily life experience: “Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it...
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