Fr Mark Raper SJ, Superior of the Myanmar Jesuits, writes of the meeting of Pope Francis with his brother Jesuits in Yangon during his visit to Myanmar from November 27 to 30, 2017. The private conversation with Pope Francis … Continued
“What we saw and experienced in the camps was beyond comprehension,” reported Fr Dunstan Vinny Joseph SJ, Socius of the Myanmar Jesuit Mission upon returning from a visit to the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. “The new arrivals, who have already … Continued
On September 29, St Michael’s Parish in Nanhlaing village in Banmaw Diocese was formally entrusted to the care of the Jesuits. The handover ceremony was timed to coincide with the feast of the parish patron saint, St Michael the Archangel. … Continued
“You name it – we have it. Jade, gold, gas, rivers, teak … But this nation is like a blind beggar begging with a golden plate.” With these words, Charles Cardinal Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, set the stage for the four-day Social Apostolate meeting of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
The picture drawn by Cardinal Bo in his keynote address was eye-opening for many of the 38 delegates and it made clear the need for reconciliation and justice in natural resource management, the theme of the meeting.
“Two years seem to be very short!” This remark by Korean Jesuit Fr Michael Ku captures well what many of the participants of JCAP’s Leadership Development Programme felt after completing module four on May 18. The programme began in Quezon City, Philippines in December 2015, continued in Chiang Mai, Thailand in May 2016, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in November 2016, and concluded with the module on Change and Continuous Learning held a
Gratitude and joy for the love of God recently inspired two young Jesuits to write a song. Deacon Soo Young Theodore Park SJ from Korea and Scholastic Jun-G Bargayo SJ from the Philippines say the song Kutafuta Mungu (“Finding God” in Swahili) was a gift for them as 2017 began.
The inspiration to compose the song came the night after Soo Young’s diaconate ordination.
Drought and flooding are the two most significant ecological challenges in Asia Pacific, according to participants in the first Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop. According to the workshop report released in October, drought was foremost in the minds of the participants, named by 11 people from eight countries. Flooding was a close second, named by 10 participants from six countries. But these are just two of the host of ecological challeng