A Condition of Gratitude

Tony ORiordan
Fr Tony O'Riordan SJ

Tony O'Riordan SJ is travelling to South Sudan next week, to take over as Project Director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Maban.

The refugee settlement that he will be based in is one of the most remote in the world, in a country that is in embroiled in an ongoing violent conflict between tribes and whose people are enduring food scarcity and poverty. Tony sees an important part of his job as fulfilling the Jesuit role of promoting reconciliation among people to the region, which may make a contribution to peace.

St Mary’s Community School Water Project

Matero Students collecting water
St Mary Community School, Matero, Zambia

Water is still one of the biggest problems in many Zambian communities. Most communities and schools in Zambia still drink unsafe and untreated water mostly from dug up wells or untreated boreholes. St Mary’s Mother of the Redeemer community school in Matero, which has 570 vulnerable and orphaned pupils was in the past affected by a lack of clean water and proper sanitation. There was just one water tap at the school to provide water to the pupils and 13 staff members, as well as people from nearby houses, exposing them to the risk of the deadly disease cholera.

Three Decades of Healing in China

Fr Luis Ruiz and Fernando Azpiroz sj
Fr Luis Ruis and Fr Fernando Azpiroz SJ

Thirty years ago, Fr Luis Ruiz, had his first encounter with a community of persons affected by leprosy in Taikam island, Guangdong Province China. Moved by their terrible situation, he decided to work together with local governments and church communities to change the conditions of leprosy patients. This was the beginning of Ricci Social Services, a Jesuit network created by him to bring relief, dignity and social justice to the poor and marginalised people in Mainland China and Macau.

Malawian Ecology in Daily Life

Malawi JCED
Chitetezo mbaula is a low-carbon-emitting energy-efficient stove produced and distributed by JCED.

Pope Francis invites us “to acknowledge our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation”. In other words, what is needed is not only the change of some countries or some people but the change of the whole of humanity. Each of us, at a personal level, is responsible for the global ecological crisis. Consequently, each person has to change his or her habits in order to preserve “our common home”.

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