Riding on a wave of some amazing achievements last year, Jesuit Missions is looking forward to another full year of producing thought-provoking resources for schools.
Beginning this Lent (which starts on 10 February 2016), Jesuit Missions has prepared Our Common Home – a set of four weekly PowerPoints, designed for school assemblies. It follows a similar format to last year’s Great Hope but with an even stronger emphasis on the environment.
“This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor,” Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience yesterday, the day before his encyclical Laudato Si was published. “Mine is an appeal for responsibility … I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit”.
Scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in yesterday’s Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.
Jesuits in Guyana are joining others who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. In January, Jesuits who work in this region of the world launched the Pan-Amazonian Project in Manaus, Brazil. And this week saw the gathering in Rome of a new international network: the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM). This was established last year in Brazil and consists of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions, priests, missionaries working in the Amazon jungle, national representatives of Caritas and laypeople belonging to various Church bodies.