Africa

The Jesuits are working to minimise the effects of Ebola, which has to date claimed over 1,200 lives in West Africa. The African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is providing culturally sensitive information that is urgently needed to contain the swift expansion of the virus.As Ebola spreads rapidly throughout West Africa, people in affected areas are gripped by ignorance, suspicion and unreasoning fear. This has led to actions by the public that are counterproductive and harmful, the most recent...
Young people attending Magis Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe, have been challenged to transform the world through their involvement in the event. Speaking at the official opening Mass, Fr Joe Arimoso SJ, the rector of St George’s College in Harare, told delegates: “When you go home, let people not ask how much you enjoyed Magis, but how much you changed the world through Magis.”Fr Arimoso urged the young Catholic gathered in the Zimbabwean capital to be disciples of Christ and to...
On the Feast of St Ignatius (31 July), Fr Chiedza Chimhandanew SJ took over from Fr Stephen Buckland SJ as Jesuit Provincial in Zimbabwe, which was part of the British Province until 1978. One of Fr Buckland’s last services was the blessing by Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of a stone commemorating the Restoration of the Society of Jesus in 1814 and the arrival of the first Jesuit missionaries in the country 65 years later. Here Fr Buckland (standing at the lectern)...

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