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Latest stories: Jesuits in Africa

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

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

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.”

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Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar Decry Shift in Attention from HIV and AIDS

The leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has noted with concern the shift of focus from HIV and AIDS that has seen other diseases prioritized.

A poster calling for an end to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. /

Jesuits in Africa Demand End to Violence in Cameroon following Killing of School Children

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have termed the shooting of children at a school in Cameroon, which left scores dead and many others injured as “a heinous and despicable act” and called on authorities in the Central African country to act fast in order to end the violence that continues to rock the country.

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Heal “injustice of poverty” in Africa to Successfully Contain COVID-19: Jesuits

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar have, in a Press Release May 15, expressed concerns about the level of poverty on the continent terming it an “injustice” and addressed various entities that could help address the challenge amid COVID-19 crisis.

JRS teachers in Chad with some of the posters and information materials they are using to create awareness about COVID-19 among the refugee communities. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)

Jesuit Refugee Service Teachers in Chad Engage Refugees on COVID-19 Safety Measures

As schools in Chad remain closed due to COVID-19-related restrictions, teachers working under the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), are engaging refugees in the landlocked north-central African nation, conveying messages on safety measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the communities.

Participants at the just ended Jesuit conference for Africa and Madagascar in Nairobi. / Jesuits conference of Africa and Madagascar

Uganda Most Hospitable for Refugees, Hosts Most Displaced in the Region: Jesuits’ Report

The East African nation of Uganda is the most welcoming and hospitable country in the region for vulnerable refugees and immigrants seeking sanctuary from neighboring countries, members of the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Africa and Madagascar have confirmed at their three-day Conference held in Nairobi that concluded Wednesday, January 22. The conference also revealed that Uganda hosts the greatest number of displaced people including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and asylum seekers. 

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Jesuits in Africa Commit “to welcome, protect, promote, seek integration of migrants”

At the conclusion of a three-day conference in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, participants, mainly Jesuits ministering in Africa and Madagascar and their collaborators, resolved to show hospitality to migrants, refugees and the internally displaced within the African continent, welcoming, protecting, promoting and seeking their integration in society.

Participants at the week-long Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, in Nairobi, Kenya. / JCAM

Jesuits in Africa Reviewing Formation Program to Suit Current Mission Trends

Against the backdrop of changes in mission contexts globally and especially in Africa, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) involved in the formation of candidates for their diverse Church ministry under the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) held a weeklong formation assembly last week during which 70 participants from across the continent, Jesuits and lay, deliberated on the situation of formation in their 485-year-old Society and sought to develop appropriate ways of forming their candidates for the contemporary mission.