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Teilhard et l’apparition de l’homme

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Teilhard de Chardin - image: wikimedia

Teilhard de Chardin - image: wikimedia

Le Père Teilhard de Chardin est plus que jamais d’actualité en ces temps de crise et de morosité, lui qui fouillait les vestiges du passé de notre planète tout en tournant avec optimisme ses regards vers le futur de notre monde. Pour lui, l’humanité était en marche, non sans violence, vers une unité faite de différences et grâce à une montée convergente des consciences enveloppées dans la noosphère. L’hommage que la Mairie du XVI° arrondissement de Paris lui a rendu la dernière semaine d’octobre a pris place entre deux colloques, l’un à Assise sur les pas de Saint François, le plus “cosmique” des saints avec son Cantique des créatures, l’autre au Centre Sèvres pour se préparer à “construire la terre” dans l’optique de ce savant jésuite. Continue reading

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The Crisis and Poverty

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Financial crisis

Financial crisis - image (by): alles-schlumpf

For this reflection I draw on two international reflection seminars among Jesuits and our colleagues, organised by the Jesuit European Office in Brussels, as well as certain external resources that were prominent in our minds as we met, such as Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate. I have no competence to discuss the specific situation of Luxembourg, and my remarks will be general. The attempt to reflect on the crisis in relation to poverty entails a clear approach and perspective, for example relating this crisis – however briefly – to that of climate change (which threatens first and foremost the world’s poor) and to the ethical evaluation of the world economic order as such. Continue reading

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Africa and the Renewal of the Church

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009.

World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

Africa and the Renewal of the Church
Frank Turner

Europeans often subliminally expect that renewal of the Church will be animated primarily by Europe, rather as we easily assume that the European Union offers a political model to ‘developing countries’. Evidently, both visible and invisible Christian structures have emerged predominantly within Europe, whether they be hierarchical systems, religious orders, theological institutes, or new ecclesial movements. Continue reading

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Witnesses to Hope

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Alumni meeting

Alumni meeting - image: Frank Turner

Intervention at the 7th World congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae

Jesuit Alumni/ae, for a better Africa: What have we done? What are we doing? What must we do?

I thank the organisers for their imagination in inviting me to this rich experience. I was surprised, as well as pleased by the invitation, for three reasons. Surprised, first, since I am not a Jesuit alumnus. My only previous connection with the Jesuits was that my father had been a parishioner of the Jesuits: but he had been dead nine years when I entered the Society.  Secondly, I don’t know much about schools. I taught for one year when I was ‘in formation’, as we say, but with a notable lack of competence. Universities are much easier! Thirdly, though, I am especially pleased. Allow me to say that insofar as I am ‘converted’ to Christianity, however imperfectly, it is largely due to Africa: an  experience of fifteen months in my early twenties with Barclays bank in Ghana began to open my eyes, and to change my life: that, though, would be another story. Continue reading

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Ignatian Advocacy

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Ignatian Advocacy meeting

I am invited to offer a draft model for and overview of ‘Ignatian advocacy’: advocacy in an Ignatian spirit, therefore relying on the ‘way of proceeding’ developed by St Ignatius Loyola that should permeate all Jesuit activities and apostolates: in this case, the practice of advocacy.
What is presented here is a ‘model’, a framework for a wide range of possible particular advocacy efforts. As such it is intentionally abstract and simplified, tidy whereas life is not tidy. Models are an aid to reflection, no more: complexities arise as soon as they are applied. Continue reading

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Ignatian Movements at the World Social Forum

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Ignatian partners

Ignatian partners - image: Frank Turner

Before the World Social Forum (WSF ) in Belém, Amazonia (January 27th to February 1st), but oriented towards it, there took place an international meeting of Jesuit-related organizations from Africa, South Asia, the Americas, and Europe, gathered to reflect on the theme `Faith(s) and the Defence of Life in Amazonia`. We were some 200 participants from four continents, including lay, religious and ordained pastoral workers from Amazonia itself. Continue reading

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Adolfo Nicolás

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Adolfo Nicolás

Adolfo Nicolás

La Compagnie de Jésus vient d’élire à sa tête un nouveau Supérieur Général, le 19 janvier 2OO8.  C’est un Espagnol de 71 ans, le Père Adolfo Nicolàs,  qui succède ainsi à un Hollandais, le Père Peter-Hans Kolvenbach qui venait de présenter sa démission devant les représentants des Jésuites venus de tous les continents et réunis à Rome en Congrégation Générale. Continue reading

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Partnership in Latin America

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statue of Christ

Partnership in Latin America

People from four social centres in Latin America shared their reflections on the experience of work done by both lay persons and religious together in institutions begun by the Society of Jesus. The centres were:

Centro de Estudios y Acción Social (CEAS), [Centre of Studies and Social Action] founded in 1967 by the Jesuits from the province of Bahía (Brasil); Centro de Capacitación Agro-Industrial Jesús Obrero (CCAIJO) [Centre for imparting agro-industrial skills: Jesus the Worker] of the Peruvian province founded in 1971; Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP) [Centre for Research and Popular Education] founded in 1972, belonging to the Colombia province, and El Programa por la Paz, (PpP) [The Programme for Peace] founded in 1987, of the province of Colombia. Continue reading

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