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New book on child Safeguarding launched at a Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar event on Saturday, 15 January 2022. Credit: JCAM

Jesuits’ Safeguarding Training Seeks to End Abusive Child Raising Structures in Africa

Jan 14, 2022

Most African cultures have a harsh way of raising children and do not always distinguish between disciplining the younger members of society and child abuse, a Kenyan child Safeguarding official at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said.

The Official Logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)/ Credit: JCAM

Jesuits in Africa Laud Latest World Bank-facilitated Fund to “low-income countries”

Dec 24, 2021

Officials of the Jesuit Conference for Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) have lauded the international community for the latest fund to “low-income countries” in their efforts to recover from COVID-19 challenges.  

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Persistent Inequalities Weakening Efforts in Fight against HIV/Aids: Jesuits in Africa

Dec 1, 2021

Social, economic and structural inequalities are slowing down efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, the leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said.

The Official Logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious in Africa, Youth Share Understanding of Synodality after Launch by Pope Francis

Oct 21, 2021

Synodality is a journey, a “reversed pyramid” and an opportunity to create more engagement among the people of God, young African Catholics and women and men Religious who shared their understanding of the synod which Pope Francis launched October 10 have said.

Participants of the Economy of Francesco Africa Hub Regional Meeting. Credit: ACI Africa

Two-day Youth Gathering in Nairobi Discussed Future of African Economies: Jesuit Priest

Oct 1, 2021

The future of the economy in various African nations has been at the center of a two-day youth forum organized by the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015./ L’Osservatore Romano.

Jesuit President in Africa Lauds Synod on Synodality, Says Process Not “one-off” Event

Sep 15, 2021

The President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has lauded the Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis announced earlier this year to solemnly open next month, on 9–10 October 2021 in Rome.

The Official logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Credit: JCAM

Persuade Germany to Waive Exclusive COVID-19 Vaccine Production: African Jesuit to U.S.

Jul 15, 2021

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa has called on President of the U.S., Joe Biden, to use the July 15 meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to persuade her to support the waiver of patent rights on the production of COVID-19 vaccines. 

The Front page of the book titled "The Pope and the Pandemic: Lessons in Leadership in a Time of Crisis by Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator. Credit: Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator

Pope Francis’ Response to Pandemic Behind African Jesuit’s Book on Leadership amid Crisis

Jun 29, 2021

Early last year, millions of people across the world followed closely as Pope Francis walked unaccompanied towards the Altar of Casa Santa Marta chapel next to St. Peter’s Basilica where he celebrated Holy Mass alone. The Holy Father had made a special appeal to the Faithful to follow Holy Mass virtually as governments across the world ordered closure of places of worship following the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Logo of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network-Africa (JENA) and Caritas Africa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Jesuits in Africa Partner with Caritas to Address Continent’s Food Crisis

Jun 28, 2021

The leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) and Caritas Africa have resolved to collaborate in empowering local communities on the continent to participate in the policy-making processes that seek to foster food security.

Fr. Peter Kimani, National Chaplain of the Kenya Prisons Services and Fr. Matambura Ismael of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar at the commissioning of prison catechists at the end of the catechists' training in Nairobi on Thursday, June 24.Credit: ACI Africa/JCAM

Jesuits Train Catechists in Kenyan Prisons to Equip Inmates with Coping Skills

Jun 25, 2021

Working in Kenyan Prisons has never been easy for spiritual caregivers who share the psychological burden of those locked behind bars.

A poster announcing the June 22-24 Webinar on Food Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: JENA

Transforming Africa’s Food Systems “not only possibility, also a necessity”: Jesuit Priest

Jun 23, 2021

The President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has, at a conference on Food Sovereignty, underscored the need for Africans to have stronger and secure food systems.

Fridah Ijai, a Kenyan realism artist, describes painting in which she brings out the difference between the Even of the Old Testament and Mary, the Mother of Jesus who she describes as the 'New Eve'. The President of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator looks on. Credit: ACI Africa

Kenyan Artist Paints “New Eve” and “New Adam” to Retell Africa’s Story of Hope, Beauty

Jun 11, 2021

In one of Fridah Ijai’s paintings, a young black woman is surrounded by green vegetation and a succulent flower bud of a banana plant. The woman’s attention is fixed on her palms that tenderly hold a cracked egg shell. Through the shell runs a breaking rope, which also cuts through the entire painting. A dove is perched on the upper part of the rope, which seems shinier than the lower part.

The Official Logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)/ Credit: JCAM

Planned Jesuit Conference to Advocate for “ecological restoration” in Africa: Official

Jun 9, 2021

The “food sovereignty” conference planned for later this month under the auspices of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) is expected to advocate for the protection of the environment and “ecological restoration” in Africa.

Sr. Olga Massango, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) based in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Synergize Activities, Resources to Address Environmental Concerns Globally: Catholic Nun

Jun 1, 2021

The need for pooling resources to address environmental concerns across the globe was emphasized over the weekend at virtual event in Nairobi, Kenya, organized to mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

Poster of the ongoing virtual seminar by Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar/ Credit: Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM).

African Scholars Highlight Clericalism, Patriarchy among Instruments of Abuse in Church

May 2, 2021

Clericalism and patriarchy are among the instruments used to advance abuse in the Catholic Church and society, African scholars participating in the ongoing virtual colloquium, which members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) spearheaded have said.

Jesuit Fr. Noel Nwadike highlighted the plight of sexual abuse victims, survivors in religious communities. Credit: Fr. Noel Nwadike/JCAM

Nigerian Priest Highlights Plight of Victims, Survivors of Abuse in Religious Communities

Apr 30, 2021

A Nigerian Catholic Priest has, at a virtual colloquium, which members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have spearheaded, highlighted the plight of victims and survivors of abuse in religious communities whose experiences “leaves one speechless and devastated.”

Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar have organized a three-day colloquium that aims to  develop a concrete response to Pope Francis’s clarion call to “say ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.” Credit: Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Planned Seminar by Jesuits in Africa, Response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on Abuse

Apr 11, 2021

An upcoming international colloquium organized by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), is a response to Pope Francis’ 2019  Apostolic Letter  “Vos estis lux mundi” that establishes procedural norms on dealing with sexual abuse in the Church, officials have said.

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Being Vaccinated against COVID-19 Part of “duty to care”: Jesuit Leaders in Africa

Mar 31, 2021

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, through their leadership, sought to encourage the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, saying being vaccinated is part of the Christian “duty do care.”

The logo of the newly-inaugurated Jesuits Southern Africa Province (SAP). / Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Jesuits in Southern Africa Urged to “foster deeper analysis” of Region’s Multiple Crises

Mar 26, 2021

Members of the newly-launched Southern Africa Province (SAP) of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have been urged to look for ways to address the multiple crises bedeviling the countries in the region. 

Habiba Mohamed, checks the temperature of Mohamed Abdi Ali at Luuq hospital in the Gedo region of Somalia. / Rahma Abdullah / Trócaire

Discrimination in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution “shocking injustice”: Catholic Charity

Mar 1, 2021

On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day marked March 1, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has decried the discrimination of poor countries in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it a “shocking injustice.”