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“Caritas Europa” in the World of Today

This article was posted in European Consciousness, Solidarity.

Caritas Europa - image: Caritas Europa

Caritas Europa - image: Caritas Europa

A talk by Frank Turner at the Caritas Europa meeting

I am honoured to be invited to join you today. To introduce myself: throughout my years as a Jesuit priest, I’ve worked in the area of faith and justice. I was a university teacher of ‘political theology’ – that discipline that takes politics, not only as the object of theological reflection, but as a source of theological reflection. But for the last thirteen years I have worked mainly in international affairs. I know Caritas Europa and CIDSE through my work here in Brussels, where the Jesuit European Office works on political affairs of the EU. I have also been on the Board of Trustees for CAFOD since 1998: and one Africa-related advocacy project of our office receives funding from CAFOD and SCIAF – and soon, we hope, from Misereor. So Caritas is important to me! Continue reading

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Magis 2010 Hungary – More or Less?

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
Magis Hungary

Magis Hungary - image: Ludger Joos

Magis 2010 Hungary – More or Less?
a young adult from Ireland

“Best experience ever”, “opened up the world to me”, “impossible to articulate the impact it has” – these were some of the descriptions given by friends who had been involved in previous Magis experiences, so as you may appreciate these led me to be somewhat curious as to what it was all about. Then I started to read a little about ‘Magis’, the ‘more’ for the greater glory of God; despite the best efforts of the various authors whose work I dipped in to, I began to associate this idea of magis with an image of a demanding God, one who is never quite satisfied. And so, when the opportunity to participate in Magis Hungary 2010 presented itself I was happy to leave aside the impressions of friends and the expertise of Ignatian spirituality writers and discover Magis for myself. Continue reading

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Creation at the Heart of Mission

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009.

Creation / Ecology

Creation / Ecology

Creation at the Heart of Mission
José Ignacio García Jiménez

Two hundred and forty persons from eighty-two religious institutes, fifty-seven countries and five continents gathered in Assisi from 12-16 May 2009. “Creation at the Heart of Mission” was jointly sponsored by SEDOS and the JPIC Commission of the USIG/USG where both religious and lay collaborators were led by theologians Séan McDonagh and Denis Edwards in considering ecology and our Christian life. Continue reading

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From Cross to Resurrection

This article was posted in Miscellaneous.

Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero 29th anniversary liturgy
St Martin-in-the Fields, 28 March, 2009

This anniversary has become an annual event that shows no sign of losing impetus. The former ‘Anniversary Mass’ has become an ecumenical liturgy generously hosted by St Martins. You may remember that the same generous spirit led the authorities of Westminster Abbey to represent twentieth-century martyrs ecumenically, by way of ten statues. Besides Anglican martyrs there were Presbyterians, Baptists, Lutherans, Roman Catholics. Oscar Romero is among these martyrs. Continue reading

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Faith(s), Spirituality, Global challenges

This article was posted in Solidarity.

Frei Betto

Frei Betto - image: Frank Turner

Frei Betto (Carlos Alberto Libanio Christo OP) is a well-known writer and social activist, an adviser to the President of Brazil on the `Zero Hunger´ programme.
He began his presentation to the Ignatian meeting by considering `inner ecology`, the practice of compassionate self-awareness: ´caress your heart`; ask if your sense of humour is intoxicated with anger and arrogance, whether your gestures are aggressive and `poisoned`; consider whether you seek tolerance and forgiveness without sacrificing justice and respect for life, whether you treat everyone as an equal, whether they be ´devoured by misery` or lost in some illusion of their special nobility. Continue reading

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Sunday off from work

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 04 / January 2009.

Free Sunday

Free Sunday

Alliances for a “Sunday off from work”
Gabriele Kienesberger, Coordinator of the Alliance for a “Sunday off from work” in Austria

The Sunday in its diversity, variety and consistency is not comparable to any other day in its value for the individual life-design of citizens. The Sunday is part of the cultural and social tradition in many European countries. The aspect of rhythm assumed with the Sunday conveys orderliness to people and communities. A state of social and temporal synchronisation will be achieved by establishing the same weekly “day off from work” for everybody. Continue reading

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[magis] – it’s all part of the experience

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 03 / October 2008.
Magis Australia - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Magis Australia - image: Elaine Rudolphi

[magis] – it’s all part of the experience
Elaine Rudolphi

“[magis]” is the name of the Ignatian pre-programs to World Youth Day and of events between World Youth Days. MAGiS08, this years’ program, gathered about 1300 enthusiastic young adults from over 40 countries in Australia. It started in July 2008 with so-called “experiments” across South-East-Asia and Australia, converging on Sydney for the an Ignatian Gathering before the start of WYD. Continue reading

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Jesuit Apostolic Partnership

This article was posted in Ignatian perspectives.
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Jesuit Apostolic Partnership

1. Introduction

The need for a deepened understanding of collaboration and partnership is keenly felt today in many Provinces, Regions and Assistancies of the Society of Jesus. That this need was equally felt at the meeting of Jesuit Provincials in Loyola in December 2005 is evident from the fact that they chose this topic as one of the priority-themes for the next General Congregation. The approach proposed in this document is based on reflections shared by Assistancy coordinators and partners at their meeting held in Rome in May 2006. It has also benefited from a position paper on this topic by the Social Justice Secretariat. Continue reading

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Partnership in the United States

This article was posted in Ignatian perspectives.

USA map

Partnership in the United States

Two programmes which recruit, train, form, support, and place volunteers to accompany the poor have offered a remarkable way for lay people and Jesuits to cooperate in, and extend, the Social Apostolate throughout the United
States and developing countries.

• The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Jesuit Volunteers International (JVI) and
• the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC)

These two (cluster) organisations were both founded by Jesuits and are seen as related to the Jesuits through the Jesuit Conference and strong participation by Jesuits in governance, training, funding, and support activities. Both programmes are strongly rooted in Ignatian spirituality and are as focused on formation of the volunteer as on service. Continue reading

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Partnership in Europe

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Jesuit collaboration in Europe

Partnership in Europe

This overview of the relationship between Jesuit and lay partners in the works and institutions of the social sector in Europe is based on interventions at the meeting of Jesuit Social Apostolate coordinators held in Rome in May 2006. The interventions were made by the persons listed below:
Robin Schweiger SJ (Coordinator Eastern Europe, EOR), Higinio Pi Perez SJ (Coordinator Southern Europe, EMR),
Eduardo Ibañez (Coordinator of the Bética, BET Province, Spain), Andreas Gösele SJ (Coordinator Central Europe, ECE),
Stephen Power SJ (Assistant Director JRS), and Elaine Rudolphi.
No representative for the Western European Assistancy was present at this meeting. Continue reading

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