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What is meant by Ignatian formation of leaders? At a time characterized by an imposing leadership model that tends to be very heavy weight, it is urgent to offer that Ignatian leadership model for the service of others”. The video, with English captions, contains the reflections and experience of some EUM Province Jesuits and lay people, on one of the four points of the EUM Apostolic Plan.
The Leadership diploma organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Alberto Hurtado Faith and Culture Centre of the Gregorian University of Rome offers some answers to the following topics -  The manner of combining ​​in a fruitful way growth with values, reflecting on one's talents and continuous development, managing different life and work situations and the strength of direction, inspiration and charism.  “We try to link this introductory and theoretical study of leadership and management to the principles of Christian anthropology, with a theological reflection on the link between evangelization and contemporary culture” Fr. Stefano Del Bove, the Jesuit, director of the program and university chaplain explains. A clear model "We propose a type of leadership that is sustainable, service-giving, capable of facing actual challenges, to a virtuous and heroic extent, because it encompasses the theme of the frontiers, risks and courage as virtues of the magnanimous person. We are now in the third phase of the course, but we can count on several years of experience and previous knowledge, on a selection of teachers who combine the theories of traditional leadership with Christian culture, with well-defined public ethics and with the social doctrine of the Church. Today, access to information is very vast” "he underlines, “and for this very reason discernment is a necessary supplement to transform information into knowledge and, ultimately, into wisdom ". The contents The course offers not only technical material, but a political and ecclesial vision, as well as a commitment to ethical reflection on leadership and management. “The reality of life is not alien to us. It is not a course of mere theory detached from the times in which we live. This year, for example, one of the lessons will be on leadership sustainability after Covid-19. And again: what changes must society bring about in order to respond to the issues that are emerging from the crisis we are going through? " The Participants Renowned professionals and students from 5 continents enrol in the diploma course. "The program aims to provide participants with personal development, a deepening of their skills, tools for orientation and regeneration of social, cultural and ecclesial life practices". The course duration The course is intensive and enhances face-to-face formation, but it is also enriched with digital resources. "The schedule and sequence of the course- one Saturday a month from October to June - are intentionally planned so that the participants will have the necessary time available for course work between each meeting as this gives more opportunity for personal development". The complete program can be found on this link.
A videospot, produced, shot and edited directly by Carlo Acutis to promote volunteering, is available at the Historical Archive of the Leo XIII Institute in Milan, where he was a student. His opinion, his joy, his contemplation of the world can be understood from the few sentences that constitute this advert, because, as he states at the end of this short brief, "from whatever point you look at it, life is always fantastic", while the last shot is the fading of sunlight. The young man beatified on 10 October by Pope Francis, attended the fourth high school year of the Leo XIII Institute in 2006, one of the schools of the Jesuit Education network, which together with all other schools prepared for the beatification involving students and teachers. A group of parents, teachers and ex-students took part in the celebration on 10 October in Assisi where some students acted as "reporters" and "special correspondents". "He is a saint very close to us, who walked and lived until a few years ago within the walls and in the classrooms of one of our schools" Fr. Jimmy Bartolo SJ, President of the Foundation highlighted, "sitting at the same desks where our students sit every day ". The Teachers Fr. Roberto Gazzaniga, who at that time was responsible for the pastoral care of Leo XIII, talks about Carlo’s cleverness, “He was so gifted that he was known by all as a clever boy, but without arousing envy. His goodness and authenticity have won over the tendency to lower the profile of those with outstanding qualities. He never concealed his faith, respectful of the positions of others, but without renouncing the clarity of voicing and bearing witness to the principles of his Christian life ». “He was lively and intelligent and had a profound look” recalls his math’s teacher Maria Alessandra. “He had a lot of interests. He didn't seem particularly passionate about my subject. He did not always do his homework. He justified himself by saying that he had other things to do. Only after his sudden death did I realize that this boy really had something much more important to do.” "He had a deep faith and a particular devotion to the Eucharist", Gabriella Tona, Director General of Leo XIII and former Rector of the Institute in Carlo’s time states. "Being so normal is the main lesson that we can learn from him and communicate to his peers today". The students "With regards to peer pressure, the obsession with fashion, the fear of being judged by others" Sofia, one of the students of the Institute, writes "we now realize the relevance of his example." "Carlo was just enthusiastic, he didn't impose anything on others" Marta adds. "Now with his sneakers, sweatshirt and jeans he walks smilingly in paradise" concludes Federico. “I love recalling that those same shoes walked the earth, leaving a mark behind”.
3 faces and 3 stories of  3 people welcomed and assisted by Centro  Astalli. They are not just refugees, but individuals with their particular faces, names and stories full of suffering and hope. Their stories have been assembled by Centro Astalli and recounted on Vatican Radio. Charity Nanga, from Cameroon “I have been in Italy since 2017. My mother and my two sisters are in Cameroon. My father had to flee to another country to save himself. My older brother has been arrested and I don't know where he is. My parents were teachers in a public school. There was a period when everything was going very well". She graduated and then found work at an NGO. She specialised in Economics and Business Management. The political situation in Cameroon was deteriorating. "My father was a member of an opposition party and, after my brother's arrest, he had to flee to another country. The internal crisis in Cameroon apparently linked to the rivalry between the Anglophone and Francophone groups actually resembles a real war. To date, there are over two thousand dead, more than 500,000 displaced and 40,000 refugees in neighbouring Nigeria.” In 2016 a very severe repression took place. Charity was arrested while looking for her brother in jail. Through a relative she managed to get a visa for Italy. She flew to Rome accompanied by a person who left her alone and without references on arrival. She was met by a wall of indifference "until one day by chance a lady....". Moussa, from Mali He arrived in Italy in 2014, at the age of 21. He was a mechanic and repaired government vehicles. His mother who was a merchant died after a long illness and he took care of his father of his 4 brothers. Everything happened abruptly with the coup d'etat of 22 March 2012. Arrests and torture followed. “They entered our workshop. They arrested us, questioned us, tortured us and locked us in a prison camp. Then I escaped to Algeria. “I had been wandering around for days. I found shelter in a mosque. Here a gentleman heard my story and offered to send me to Libya to work with his son. I was actually sold as a slave. When I realized this, I ran away and took refuge in a camp with other migrants. I had a day job then was arrested by some traffickers and boarded desperately a boat that arrived in Italy after two nights at sea. From Sicily I went to Genoa where I applied for asylum and given a refugee status. I searched in vain for a job. Then I left again for Rome where “I slept under bridges and at the station. In the afternoon I was at the Centro Astalli. Here I started to orientate myself. Now I work at a Japanese restaurant. I took hold of my life again, together with the emptiness I feel because of the loss of my land and my loved ones”. Shadamgul Zadran from Afghanistan “I arrived in Italy in 2008, at the age of 23”. He comes from a large family, the eighth of eleven children. "My father was a merchant; he travelled a lot". He studied languages. Shadamgul was born during the last years of Soviet occupation. The conflict turned into a civil war and in 1992 the mujahideen took over power and founded the Islamic State of Afghanistan. This event caused a fierce clash between the 'warlords'. The Taliban regime collapsed in 2001 following US military intervention, but this was only a new stage in the endless war. "My whole childhood was marked with fear. You couldn't play outdoors, and you didn't feel safe even at home. Groups of militiamen roamed the villages to recruit young people. At 23 I decided to leave my country. I had heard of Europe. There it would be possible to build a life in peace "He left with 5 friends, paying 13,000 euro to the head of a network of traffickers. “In the end, there were 300 of us. This was a huge business: Indians, Sri Lankans, Afghans and others. We travelled only by night.”  It took them one year to arrive in Greece, travelling under the frost of the mountains in Iran and then marching in the snow in Turkey and finally reaching their destination. In Athens he bought a fake passport and arrived in Spain and then in Italy in 2008. It took him long to integrate in a reception centre in Crotone. “Now I work in court as a mediator and interpreter. I married an Italian girl, and we are expecting a child. I would like to open a restaurant one day”.
“I worked in a bank. Things were going well. I thought that my life was sorted. Then a friend of mine decided to participate in 3 days of Spiritual Exercises in silence…” In this video Rob Rizzo tells how he surprisingly ended up in the Jesuit novitiate from his work in a bank and how he learned to discover God in a completely different way.
The First Vows of the Novices. Their names are engraved on six small wooden crosses, that were made from the olive trees of Jerusalem. They are Giovanni, Filippo, Marco, Antonino Marco and Lorenzo, from the Euro-Mediterranean Province and Urban, the new scholastic from the Slovenian Province. On 12 September, the six novices of the second year pronounced their first vows at the Gesù Church of Genoa. The Provincial Fr. Gianfranco Matarazzo received these vowed assisted by the Slovenian Miran Žvanut. The number of participants at this ceremony was limited owing to the Covid emergency. Only close family members, other scholastics and friends from Apostolic Works were present for this solemn and joyful moment. The celebrations continued in the novitiate, a good opportunity to share with family members the wealth of a larger family. The Novices’ Testimonies "The first vows in the Society demonstrate the desire of a God who asks us to dwell in our hearts forever, inspiring us to love without holding back anything, imitating the Crucified Christ who was given to each of us on the day of our profession", Antonino says. "May the Lord help us to guard what he has given each of us in order to grow more and more as men of God for others". "The profession of vows is essentially a moment of communion and trust", Philip highlights. "It is a communion with the Lord and with the companions who together profess the desire to consecrate themselves, after a shared journey with the formation team, in the presence of parents who, by participating, are" integrated "into a larger family. It is a moment of trust as we place our desire to live our life in the best possible way in the hands of Our Lord and through the vows we are witnesses of communion with the Mystery of the Lord who calls us and chooses us for this journey.” The Novice Master “For Fr. Agostino Caletti, the Novice Master, living together for two years of novitiate, meant “getting to know each other, accepting each other, talking, clashing, maturing. It is a lived experience bringing out the best in everyone and creating conditions for the novices to continue to grow as they take the next step of their journey. But above all the aim is to deepen the bond with the One who made this state of life possible for us.” Five of the new scholastics are now starting their philosophy in Rome, while Antonino Marco Maio will be residing at SantAndrea al Quirinale and at the Centro Astalli for his Regency.