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Before Closing Refugee Camps in Kenya, “exert maximum forethought, caution”: Jesuit Agency

The leadership of the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), has urged the Kenyan government to “exert maximum forethought and caution” before implementing its decision to close two major refugee camps in the country.

Logo of Cooperazione Internazionale whose officials are responding to COVID-19 in Malawi. / Cooperazione Internazionale

How Jesuit-Founded Organization is Responding to Malawi’s COVID-19-related Challenges

The leadership of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) has, in a report, detailed how the non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by a Jesuit Cleric is responding to COVID-19-related challenges in Malawi.

Jesuits in Zambia Decry Laxity in Implementing COVID-19 Measures as Reported Cases Rise

The leadership of the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has expressed concerns about laxity in the implementation of the COVID-19 measures in the Southern African nation amid an upsurge in reported cases in the country.

Some 250 vulnerable people initiated into entrepreneurship by COOPI. / COOPI

Hundreds of Somalia’s Vulnerable People Receive Training, Capital from Jesuit-founded NGO

Hundreds of vulnerable people in Somalia’s Mogadishu Diocese have benefited from entrepreneurship training and business start-up capital from the leadership of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), an Italy-based non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by a Jesuit Cleric.

Fr. Ludovic Lado during the pilgrimage to pray for peace in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon interrupted by the police. / Fr. Ludovic Lado/Facebook Page.

Cleric in Cameroon Promises to Resume Pilgrimage “alive or dead” after Police Harassment

A member of the Society of Jesus (SJ) who was arrested shortly after he embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage to pray for peace in Cameroon has condemned the ill-treatment he received at the hands of police.

Fr. Ludovic Lado marching for Dialogue, Peace in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon. / Fr. Ludovic Lado/Facebook Page.

Jesuit Cleric in Cameroon Dedicates Pilgrimage to Dialogue, Peace in Anglophone Regions

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Cameroon who has embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage says he has dedicated the spiritual initiative to efforts toward dialogue, peace and reconciliation in the Anglophone regions of the Central African nation, which have experienced violent conflict since 2016.

Some of the flood victims in Sudan receive aid provided by Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI). / Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

Thousands in Sudan Receive Help from Italian NGO Founded by Jesuit Cleric amid Flooding

As Sudan grapples with the effects of the ongoing floods described as the worst in a century, officials of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), an Italy-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that was founded by a Jesuit Cleric, have reached out to some of the affected people in the country with emergency humanitarian aid.

Logo of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies marked Monday, September 7. / World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Irony of COVID-19 and Cleaner Air, Clearer Skies: An African Jesuit Cleric

On the maiden International Day of Clean Air for blue skies marked Monday, September 7 under the theme “Clean Air for All,” a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) ministering in South Africa has reflected on what he says is the irony of COVID-19 lockdown contributing to cleaner air and clearer skies.

South African Jesuit Cautions against Neglecting Poor, Marginalized amid COVID-19 Crisis

A Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Cleric serving in his native country, South Africa, has, in a reflection on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, cautioned against neglecting the poor and marginalized.

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers, Algeria. /

COVID-19 “destabilizes, pushes us to dig deeper, in faith”: Jesuit Archbishop in Algeria

A Jesuit Archbishop shepherding the people of God in Algeria’s Archdiocese of Algiers has, in a recent interview with ACI Africa, shared about the impact of COVID-19 in his experience, saying the pandemic has triggered moments of destabilization and a deeper spiritual reflection that reveals “a certain letting go in relationships” including that with God.

Fr. Jean Messingue Sj, founder of the Abidjan-based  call centre to offer psychological support to Ivorians weighed down by the emotional burden of the highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic. / Jesuit Conference Of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Call Centre Offering Psychological Support for COVID-19 Cases Functional in Ivory Coast

With 80 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ivory Coast, a priest in the West African country has opened a call centre to offer psychological support to Ivorians weighed down by the emotional burden of the highly contagious global pandemic.

Jesuit Michael Cardinal Czerny, one of the two Under-Secretaries of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development /

One of Newest Cardinals, Michael Cardinal Czerny, Recounts Africa Experience: Interview

On October 5, 2019, Pope Francis created 13 new Cardinals. Although only one of them, the Franciscan Capuchin (OFM, Cap) DR Congo’s Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu is African-born, five of these 13 newest Princes of the Church have connections with Africa.

Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, winner of Ratzinger Prize 2019, first African ever to win the award /

Q&A with First African to Win Ratzinger Prize, Jesuit Fr. Paul Béré

The Ratzinger Prize has, over the years, been awarded to scholars whose contribution to theology is considered outstanding in the spirit of the German theologian, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI. Established in 2011, no African had ever featured among the winners of this prestigious prize. This year, Burkinabé Jesuit priest, Paul Béré made history as the first African ever to win the coveted prize. He will receive the award on November 9.

Jesuit Fr. Paul Beré, winner of the Ratzinger Prize 2019 /

Burkina Faso Jesuit Priest Makes History as First African to Win Ratzinger Prize

Burkina Faso born Jesuit priest, Fr. Paul Béré, is making history as the first ever African to win the Ratzinger Prize, which rewards the work of theologians and specialists from related disciplines.