World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated every three years in a different country. WYD 2016 was held in Kraków, Poland but this year, pilgrims didn’t have to be on location to participate. Pope Francis gave a stirring and hopeful homily at the closing Mass on August 31st.
Irish teachers' group with Fr Edmund Mallaya SJ and Fr Kevin White SJ, Jesuit Refugee Service
The Irish Jesuit Mission office’s Development Education (DE) programme established in 2013 was the first of its kind for the province. DE is the avenue through which we can educate our youth to be ‘people for and with others’, but we do it, through our teachers and school staff. It is the Irish Province’s response to Pope Francis call to be ‘agents of change in a globalised context’ (Laudato si).
The Irish Jesuit Missions’ series “Achievement in Africa” brings us to Zambia to the Jesuit Secondary school of St Canisius in Monze. The present day buildings bear no resemblance in appearance to the original founded by the Jesuits in 1949: the first school founded by the Society of Jesus in the area. But in its educational approach, it has remained consistent across time.
The Founding Fathers. The people in the Monze area of Zambia refer to the Jesuits as the 'Founding Fathers'. The long involvement of the Society of Jesus since 1905 in the founding of Chikuni Mission, its expertise in education, cultural appreciation, to name but a few, and the diocese’ present issues were outlined by Bishop Moses Hamungole of the Diocese of Monze when he visited the Irish Jesuit Missions this summer.
The 20th June 2016 is a very special Monday. It is the United Nations World Refugee Day when the focus is on refugees’ plight and the ordinary human beings who find themselves in this distressing and often dangerous situation.