Pope Francis on the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat
Nov. 11, 2019 - Today’s world, where “situations of injustice and human pain” and “expressions of xenophobia and selfish pursuit of national interest” abound, and where trafficking in human beings and “inequality between and within countries” continues needs “transformations that protect threatened life and defend the weakest”. So said Pope Francis, who this morning received in private audience in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace the 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.
“Our broken and divided world needs to build bridges so that the human encounter allows everyone to discover in the excluded the face of the brother, in whom we recognize ourselves, and whose presence, even without words, demands our attention and solidarity,” said the Holy Father, who recalled, among other things, the brothers who died in service in these last fifty years, in particular the martyrdom of the Jesuits of the Central American University of El Salvador, whose thirtieth anniversary is about to be celebrated.
Pope Francis also wanted to recall the figure of Father Pedro Arrupe, the historic Superior General of the Jesuits who founded the Secretariat, stressing in particular the fact that his impulse for social justice arose from an intense life of prayer. Francis exhorted the Jesuits to continue the “creative effort” of their commitment to the service of the poor, education, concern for refugees and the defense of human rights.
At the following link you can read the complete speech of Pope Francis (available in Spanish), to which he added these three phrases: 1. The poor are “discarded” by our society. 2. Today there is a “spherical globalization,” which eliminates all cultural, social and religious differences, while what is need is a “polyhedral globalization” that understands but respects differences. 3. The “testament” of Pedro Arrupe, when he emphasized prayer as a fundamental source of inspiration.
Nov. 14, 2019 - From October 21 through the 31st, 21 men and women joined the USA Northeast Province for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage through Portugal. View photo highlights and read more about their experience.
Nov. 6, 2019 - This fall, seven Jesuit high schools - Fairfield Prep, Fordham Preparatory School, Loyola School, Regis High School, Saint Joe's Prep, Saint Peter's Prep, and Xavier High School - are competing to help fill local food banks and pantries with provisions for families in need.
Nov. 5, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East in the Church. "Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East."
Nov. 4, 2019 - Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ, died peacefully on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Fr. Harak was born on April 15, 1948, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 5, 1970. He was later ordained on June 9, 1979, in the Chapel of St. Joseph at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on April 14, 1991.
Nov. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.