Islamic principles for sustainability and the environment

The environmental problems we face today are complex and the Church’s concern is shared by other faiths. In Islam, for example, we can find some principles of environmental ethics that deal with nature and creation. These principles are: tawhîd (God’s unity), âyat (sign of God’s presence), mîzân (balance), khalifat (God’s vicegerent) and amânat (trust).

A new app inspired by the Examen

A new app is providing a fresh take on the 500-year-old prayer created by St Ignatius of Loyola.  Reimagining the Examen is a fresh and customized prayer app inspired by the Examen, a practice that helps you review your day in the presence of God. With unique Examens tailored to various moods, needs and situations, the app invites you to pray from where you are, wherever you are.

The Spiritual Exercises and the Church in China

The Spiritual Exercises and the Church in ChinaKwai-ling came to my course on Spiritual Conversation in 2005. She was then the novice mistress of her congregation, and my venture into Ignatian formation in China was fairly new.

Click to pray

The Apostleship of Prayer has launched an app to encourage people throughout the world to pray every day for the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church, as expressed by the Pope in his monthly prayer intentions.

2015 at a glance

15 to 19 January: Pope Francis visits the Philippines

Gearing up for Magis Asia Pacific

The first Magis event for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific begins in a month. On Boxing Day, youth from seven provinces and regions in the Conference will converge in Yogyakarta for the nine-day workshop. Organised by the newly formed JCAP Youth Ministry team, Magis JCAP will help encourage Ignatian Magis formation in Asia Pacific.  It is patterned on the Magis formation programme that the Jesuits in Indonesia have been running for youth since 2008.

Providing a spiritual space for people to encounter God

The Jesuit spirituality centre in Singapore turns 25 this month. The Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling officially opened on October 21, 1990, two years after Fr Paul Tan SJ, then Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Malaysia and Singapore, decided to convert the students’ hostel at Kingsmead Hall into a Jesuit novitiate and spirituality centre. Singapore was changing and growing rapidly, and the Jesuits saw in this the need to provide for the spiritual needs of the people.

Religious in Asia Pacific

The Vatican has dedicated 2015 to celebrate the consecrated life.  It is, as Cardinal Bráz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said a time to look back at the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to face the future with hope. For Jesuits, and for all Religious, the year also offers an opportunity to look back reflectively on the changes that the Council led to in our lives, and at where we are going.

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