John Guiney SJ, Director of Irish Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice was in Rome earlier in the month at a meeting of representatives of organisations which comprise the Xavier Network.
The group of 13 Jesuit Mission offices and NGOs from Europe, Canada and Australia were discussing responses to emergencies in Nepal, the Philippines and Haiti as well as the progress of the Fe y Alegria [a movement for integral popular education and social promotion] organisation in Africa.
Another issue, that is of vital importance to the group and already forms a core part of the strategy in Jesuit organisations is that of child safeguarding. The Child Protection Policies which are in place in the institutions present at the meeting, and with collaborative partners were analysed with the network’s Consultant on Child Protection.
The Xavier Network also discussed its global shared projects, including the 'Amazon Ecology and Education Project'. Members of the group clearly recognise that when its members collaborate in service to the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world, it is more effective in transforming lives. They also met with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International organisation to discuss its work.