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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

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

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

Some refugees at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest in Uganda Lauds Country for Being “a haven for refugees”

A Catholic Missionary Priest heading a refugee settlement in Uganda has lauded the East African nation for providing a safe haven for refugees and urged other countries to follow suit.

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

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 Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Urge Political Aspirants to Show How to Address Rising Inflation

Aspirants to various political positions in Zambia have been challenged to highlight ways they plan to address rising inflation in the Southern African nation if elected in the August 12 polls.

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

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.

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

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. 

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Jesuits in South Africa Provide Guide for Ash Wednesday Celebration “at home, in family”

Catholics who will not be going to Church for the celebration of Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of Lent have the option of marking the event at home with their family members using a guide that has been developed by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at the Jesuit Institute South Africa.

Bishop Rodrigo Mejía Saldarriaga addressing participants during the webinar on New Directory for Catechesis Saturday, December 19, 2020. / Daughters of St. Paul Nairobi, Kenya.

“Catechesis, an essential part of evangelization, spiritual renewal”: Kenya-based Prelate

The passing on of faith through catechesis is an important ingredient of spiritual renewal and maturity in a process that can take a lifetime, a Kenya-based Bishop has said at a virtual event.

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Urge Follow-up of Initiated Government Projects, Accountability

Members of the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on the government of their host nation to carry out the follow-up phase of previously initiated development projects and ensure accountability in all sectors of the economy. 

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Jesuits’ Scholarship to Enable Vulnerable Refugees in Kenya Access University Education

A scholarship opportunity by the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), aims at providing vulnerable refugees living in Kenya access to university education, the leadership of the agency has said.

COP26: Jesuit Superiors in Africa and Europe Concerned about Delay of Climate Talks

The leaders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar as well as those in Europe have written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressing their concern over the postponement of talks on climate change, which were originally scheduled to be held in Glasgow this year from November 9-19.

Logo Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) / Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR).

Zambia’s “rapidly weakening economy” Cause for Concern: Jesuits

Zambia’s “rapidly weakening economy” is a cause for concern, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) based in the Southern African nation in a recent statement in which they call on the country’s leadership to adopt the transformative servant leadership model. 

Fr. Leonard Chiti, Provincial Leader of the Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province. / The Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province.

Take Steps “to heal inequality, poverty” in Zambia: Jesuits at Launch of COVID-19 Relief

The leadership of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Zambia and Malawi has expressed concerns over inequality and the level of poverty in the Southern Africa nation of Zambia amid COVID-19, calling on the government to work toward addressing the gap and give an opportunity for affected people to bounce back.  

Health Personnel checks the temperature of a traveller in coronavirus screening at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

Church in Africa Cancels Six Major Events as Cases of COVID-19 Add Up

With deaths related to the novel coronavirus hitting over 3,000 and 64 countries, including 10 African nations confirming cases of the virus, different Church and secular events scheduled to take place on the continent have been cancelled or postponed. Below are some of the events that have been cancelled.  

Fr. Charles Chilufya, the Director of Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) based in Kenya and Ghanaian Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at the launch of the “silence the guns by 2020” Campaign at the Christ the King Parish in Accra, Ghana. / Arrupe Jesuit Institute

Jesuits Laud Ghana for “relative peace” At Launch of “silencing the guns” Campaign

Ghana is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in Africa that has kept true the spirit of its heroes, Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkurumah and peace ambassador, Koffi Annan, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have observed while launching the Africa Union’s (AU) 2020 “Silencing the Guns” campaign in the West African country.

Logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), the body that brings together Jesuit Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar. / Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Jesuits in Africa “deeply concerned about violence” in Cameroon, Want “inclusive dialogue”

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, in a statement, expressed their concerns about the violence and loss of innocent lives in the Central African nation of Cameroon and proposed “inclusive dialogue involving Anglophone separatists” as the only appropriate solution to the protracted crisis.

Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, prepares to say Mass at the Gesu in Rome, Oct. 15, 2016. Credit: GC36 via Flickr.

Jesuit Superior General: Satan is Real, and Wants us to Reject God

The superior general of the Jesuit order told reporters Tuesday that the devil is real, after making headlines in August by stating that Satan is a symbol, not a person.