‘No discrimination by passport’: the Jesuits in Jordan

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Maysaloun, a teacher at the JRS school, on the balcony of the school, nestled in amongst a high density suburb. Teachers like her are invaluable to the development of the school. Hailing from Iraq, she is currently awaiting resettlement, hopefully to Australia. (Dominik Asbach/JRS)

At the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM) programme in Amman, Jordan, the Jesuit Refugee Service operates a ‘no discrimination by passport’ approach. It serves all refugees equally whether from Iraq, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan or Syria.

Pope Francis warms the hearts of Jesuits in Rome

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Fr John K Guiney SJ blogs about a very special visitor at the Jesuit General Congregation in Rome on 24th October.

His very presence was a grace

It was a special day on Monday when Pope Francis joined the international Jesuit General Assembly (GC36) in Rome in prayer. He then gave an input and received questions from the members for over two hours. His very presence was a grace and his input, published in many languages, was inspiring.

Acquiring new skills at Kakuma Camp

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The JRS Safe Haven house dozens of children in need of protection and guidance in Kakuma refugee camp. (Angela Wells/JRS)

The sprawling refugee camp of Kakuma in Kenya is amongst the top 10 largest in the world. Children, teenagers, women and men can live there for many years. At the same time new asylum seekers, mostly from South Sudan, continue to arrive in great need of assistance. The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is there on the ground to help.

Jesuits worldwide meet and greet in Rome

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The gathering of Jesuits from all over the world began last weekend, blogs Fr John Guiney SJ from Rome. It is wonderful to meet so many from the diversity of cultures and continents where Jesuits work and live, from Syria to Sri Lanka, from Delhi to Dublin.

Jesuits gather in Rome

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Jesuit Curia, Rome/Liam O'Connell SJ

Could St Ignatius Loyola have envisioned that 476 years after his founding of the Society of Jesus, 212 participants would congregate in Rome to elect his 30th successor?

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