Honduras

Padre Melo credit Sean Hawkey
Photo journalist Sean Hawkey has just returned from Honduras where he interviewed Jesuit human rights campaigners. Sean works worldwide on faith and justice issues. As a young professional he worked for ten years in Latin America and taught at the Jesuit university in San Salvador.  He edited an ecumenical magazine in London for five years and ran communications for an ecumenical alliance of aid agencies in Geneva before going freelance.Sean interviewed human rights...
Jesuit Missions has been working with the MP for Glasgow North, Patrick Grady (SNP), to highlight the recent violence and repression in Honduras where at least 30 people have been killed. Mr Grady asked the UK Government to explain their response to the human rights’ situation in Honduras where civil society leaders, including a Jesuit priest, have been threatened in the wake of recent presidential elections.Jesuit Missions is working with fellow members of the Xavier Network to raise the issue...
Padre Melo, Credit Radio Progreso
The conference of Jesuit provincials in Latin America and the Caribbean has publicly denounced threats made against a Honduran Jesuit priest who has made accusations of widespread irregularities in the country's recent presidential election. In a statement released on 30 December the Jesuits said that ongoing social media hostilities against Fr Ismael Moreno Coto - known as "Padre Melo" - were "reminiscent of the death threats which circulated in El Salvador before the murder of Jesuit Fr...
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Pope Francis last week told pilgrims in St Peter’s Square that he is praying for the people of Honduras, who are embroiled in a violent political crisis after a delayed vote count in a disputed presidential election.  The pope prayed that the people of Honduras “can in a peaceful manner overcome the current difficult moment.”Early election results showed the opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, in the lead. At that point results suddenly stopped coming in. When  the polling system...
           Sheila, one of our archive volunteers, has recently been repacking some of the photograph collection to ensure their preservation. She came across two fascinating photographs taken of St John’s College, Belize, in what was then known as British Honduras, taken just before and immediately after a severe hurricane in 1931 in which many lives were lost. The annotations on the back of the photographs made us want to find out more....
A worker at a Jesuit-run radio and social action centre in Honduras has been stabbed and killed in what is believed to have been a politically-motivated attack.  CAFOD partner Carlos Mejia Orellana (pictured), a 35-year-old lawyer who worked for ERIC-RP was stabbed four times in the chest at his home in El Progreso. The Catholic aid agency vowed yesterday that the struggle for justice that he helped to lead will go on.Carlos and other colleagues at ERIC-RP had received repeated death...