What more must we do?, a message from Father General Arturo Sosa SJ on the World Day of Social Justice

What more must we do?, a message from Father General Arturo Sosa SJ on the World Day of Social Justice

In a brief video message on the World Day of Social Justice on 20 February, Father General Arturo Sosa SJ reminds all of the continuing injustice in an “increasingly unjust world” and the need to do more for the victims so that we “bring them down, with Jesus, from the cross” while recognizing those working tirelessly for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

We live in an increasingly unjust world.

Since 2022, more than 408,000 people have been killed in wars and armed conflicts. (Global Peace Index; Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project)

In 2023 alone, more than 110 million people were forcibly displaced. (UNHCR)

Every hour, desertification threatens 6.4 square kilometers of fertile land. (The World Count)

In 2024, half of the world’s population will take part in elections. Between 2005 and 2021, 60 countries decreased their levels of democratic freedom. 125 out of 210 countries have restricted or non-existent democracies. (Freedom in the World 2023)

In 2022, gender violence victimized 736 million women. (UN Women)

Approximately 250,000 tons of plastic material pollute the world’s oceans. (PLOS ONE journal)

Three out of 10 children younger than five years suffer from acute malnutrition. (UNICEF)

What have we done to this world?

What are we doing for the victims?

What more must we do to bring them down, with Jesus, from the cross?

The UN established the World Day of Social Justice in 2007 to “remind us of the need to build more transparent and egalitarian societies,” a genuinely universal urgency. Father General’s message can be viewed as .mp4 files in the following Google Drive links:

World Day of Social Justice, 20 February (English)

Diá Mundial de la Justicia Social, 20 de Febrero (Español)

Journée Mondiale de la Justice Sociale, 20 Février (Français)

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