In his conversation with scholastics, Fr. Sosa said that reconciliation is at the core of a Jesuit’s vocation — reconciliation with human beings, with the environment and with the Trinity. He spoke about the need for men in formation to promote justice and be merciful and to live an austere, ecological lifestyle in proximity to the poor. Another theme was the universality of a Jesuit vocation, calling on Jesuits to be “world citizens, deeply inculturated in the light of the Gospels, sharing with other cultures.”
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“Jesuits Need to be Companions with Others in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice,” Says Jesuit Superior General
Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn
Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming.
This global process is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 which is the 23rd annual UN climate change conference, a round of negotiations that takes place between nations of the world. The presidency of COP23 is the state of Fiji, but the summit will take place in Bonn. The focus of discussions are the small island states and to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries. There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’. As the message of GC 36 and the conversations with the Holy Father spread, reflection is quietly deepening and this is where Ecojesuit wishes to strategically respond.
Ecojesuit is hosting a dialogue Laudato Si’ – Environment as Relationship at the sidelines of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC-COP 23 Fiji) which will be held in Bonn, Germany under the Presidency of Fiji from 6 to 17 November.
The Ecojesuit-hosted half-day event on 13 November will be held at Aloisiuskolleg, a Jesuit high school in Bonn, and is drawing interest from other Jesuit schools, the local church, development organizations such as Misereor and CIDSE, other German-based partners. Topics on Laudato Si’ in relation to food security and to resource exploitation will be discussed with an open forum and the activity is expected to engage a broad audience.
After a great pilgrimage to Poland last summer as part of preparations for World Youth Day, the Irish Jesuits are organising another Magis (more or greater) event this summer for young adults aged 18-35. Taking place in Ireland from 22 – 29 July, 2017, participants can choose between 2 options: a pilgrimage from Dublin to Glendalough or a faith and ecology experience in Wicklow Town. The group will be joined by other young people from Europe.