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In the African Great Lakes region, MAGIS Foundation, in September 2020, launched the “Gold Without Conflict” Project, that aims to analyze "the gold routes" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Italy, through research on the supply chain, from extraction to sale. The tragic death of the Italian ambassador and the two men who were with him, occurred last February 22 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have put the spotlight on a country that is extremely poor, despite its vast natural resources, and torn apart by years of conflict, misgovernment, instability and corruption. Stefano Liberti, journalist and essay writer who collaborates with MAGIS Foundation on the Project, writes on the Espresso: “It is from the mines scattered throughout the province of Nord-Kivu, that a significant part of the raw materials essential to many tools of our daily lives are extracted. It is from here that coltan comes, a mixture of columbite and tantalite present in cell phones, cameras, micro-chips, as well as in various medical devices. It is also here that we get the gold used in wedding rings, jewellery, but also as a conductor in various electronic devices. About 2,000 extraction sites, one third controlled by armed groups, and 200,000 people employed in these informal mines, including many children, particularly appreciated for their ability to squeeze into narrow tunnels, without protection, often digging with their bare hands. Final destination our cell phones There is a red thread between our everyday devices and items and what is happening in eastern Congo. If the smartphone is now available to everyone, it is also because the extraction of raw materials necessary for its operation takes place in conditions of exploitation, with no respect for the dignity of workers nor for the most basic environmental standards. And without the Congolese state receiving proper royalties: the militiamen or intermediaries who control this trade smuggle the mineral resources into neighbouring countries. The path of gold After being brought illegally to Uganda or Rwanda, gold is exported to South Africa or Dubai, where it is refined and transformed into ingots. In this form, it reaches Europe, the United States, China and India. The length of the supply chain makes the traceability process complex. But the good news is that this process is now mandatory, at least in the European Union: on January 1, Regulation 821/2017 came into force, obliging European importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, their minerals, and gold to fulfill due diligence duties, to prevent this trade’s profits from financing conflicts. From now on, those who import coltan and gold into the EU will have to indicate their origin and movements along the supply chain. The regulation has just come into force. It will be necessary to see how it will be applied in practice. A first important step towards improving living and working conditions in Congolese mines. And to make more transparent a supply chain in which we are more involved than we imagine.”
This is a shared journey, on social media, for the many young people who participate in the works of the Society but also open to those who are still unaware of these initiatives in this field. The necessity and opportunity were realized in particular during the lockdown, a time of excessive exposure to social media for many young people, since they had to limit their relationships in person. An online meeting which took place this summer between some Jesuits involved in youth organizations and the EUM communications office was an opportunity for sharing and reflecting on the profound questions, needs and desires of young people today. These Jesuits were Fr. Beppe Lavelli, responsible for the initiatives offered in Villapizzone and Selva di Val Gardena, Fr. Andrea Picciau, national director of MEG and coordinator of the Jesuits and Young People website and Fr. Marco Piaia, involved in youth ministry and very much active on social media. Through this sharing the core of a first editorial plan was initiated: a short meditation every Monday morning to help young people raise their minds to prayer. This is “The Good Morning of Fr. Beppe ", a voice well known to thousands of young people who meet him during the summer and winter initiatives of Selva. It also includes a weekly column " we care " which consists of News, information about the various Jesuit initiatives offered face to face or online, and a brief introduction to Ignatian experiences that are being carried out in the EUM for young people. These are the first steps which are currently being sustained through the collaboration of a graphic designer and an editor. There are many other ideas in the pipeline ranging from giving a voice to young people so that they can recount their journey and what they discover to their peers, during the Ignatian year dedicated to them. This is a shared journey, leading from listening to experiencing a taste of life, open them to hope, make them responsible and able to face difficulties, even through the web. Jesuits EUM
Re-reading the time of the Noviciate. "The first moment, alone, in my new room. The meeting with the Novice Master, the first Mass. The first occasion with the other novices along the carrugi (narrow streets) in Genoa. And the football matches. The vows. Friends and parents visiting!". Eight years have passed since Cristiano, now a Scholastic, entered the novitiate: two years of discernment to confirm the call to become a Jesuit. This is how, with nostalgia and gratitude, he remembers that precious time, together with three of his companions. "The memory of that time is always vivid in my heart, the feeling of being a community and experiencing God as close. Finding Him in all things, in ourselves. Being able to tell myself in a transparent way to the Novice Master, intimately to the novitiate companions, without masks in pastoral service".  "You also bring with yourself the doubts and uncomfortable questions that accompany you", recalls Andrew, "but little by little your way of looking at things changes". The dialogues with the Novice Master "gradually teach you to identify resistances, eradicate them, cultivate good desires, welcome the other, really understand how “God writes straight on our crooked lines”". Ambrozie recalls: "There is a clear diversity among us, each of us is part in a unique way of a design that has “the flavor” of family, that progresses and grows together. A great gift to get to know better one's own dreams, desires, talents and limitations, but also the Charism, Ignatian spirituality, the Society and its way of proceeding. A wise combination of personal and community times: prayer, sharing, study, pastoral activities. "And then “Thursdays”, a day off, reserved for our outings". There are many intense experiences: "From meeting many Jesuits to the pilgrimage in poverty, to the month in hospital, to the evenings spent talking about the Gospels with university students," Cristiano says. "The Thirty Days Retreat helped me to discover who I really am before the Lord," adds Ambrozie, "as did the pastoral activities to get to know the apostolic communities". Then the other experiments: "summer programs for 15/30 days, like the one I experienced in a rehabilitation community for drug addicts, which taught me what nostalgia for freedom means". Two years in a well-defined place, the big house in Genoa, made up of small rooms, on several floors, up to the belvedere. "Time to look at the sea on the horizon, at our life. A precious time to learn how to say our own “Thank You”". The novitiate of the EUM Jesuits, which is based in Genoa, is the initial stage of the journey of formation: two years to confirm in a more profound way one's desire to follow the Lord. The pivotal points of the experience are: prayer - personal and communal – to build a more mature relationship with the Lord; community life, consisting of study, service, sport and free time; formation in the charism through the reading of the founding texts of the Society and apostolic collaborations, in Genoa as well as those which are organised during summer, which help in the maturation of the style and the way of proceeding proper to the Society.
40 organisations active in 8 different areas. Under the protection of St. Joseph, who is the patron entrusted with the care of humanity, the new website of the Jesuit Social Network (JSN), a network of social activities promoted by the Euro-Mediterranean Province of the Society of Jesus, which includes the territories of Albania, Italy, Malta and Romania, has been launched online on 19 March. The new portal, with new graphics and an enhanced content, represents a meeting place, a space for sharing experiences and for collaboration, an instrument for plans and actions, for member organizations and for all those interested in learning more about social activities. Imparting solidarity and online service is the core around which the JSN's activity develops, which, through its federal organisations, offers itself as a "community of solidarity". This means being in constant discernment, that is, in an attitude of listening to experiences of encounter with rejected and excluded people, defending the dignity of the person, open to all those contributions, coming from various parts, which will enable to inspire and activate new channels of reception and promotion of the most disadvantaged people. There are 40 entities operating in 8 different areas: international collaboration, culture and formation, detention, social hardship, family, immigration, minors, urban poverty. The section dedicated to News finalises the site. The News relate to the activities or events promoted by the JSN or by a particular entity, leading those visiting the site to articles, insights, and opportunities for reflection and formation. "We hope - Paola Piazzi, President of the Jesuit Social Network highlights- that the site can represent a point of reference not only to the entities that belong to the network but also to those who desire to approach the world of social solidarity, to live a reconciled life in a world more just, supportive and united". The JSN web site is to find here.
The testimony of Silvio, 23, a university student The spiritual father provides the same attention and care that a parent gives his child, but on the spiritual level. He gives you time whenever you need it most. He knows how to listen. You can confide everything to him and trust him blindly. Rather than giving good advice, he helps you find the truth in your heart. He makes sure that he does not become indispensable, because his goal is to teach you to walk on your own. It was he who recommended the Spiritual Exercises to me. I had heard of them randomly and until a few months ago I had never seriously thought about undergoing this experience. I wanted to bring order into my life and needed answers or confirmations to a series of questions that I had been asking myself for some time, and which surfaced intensely during the lockdown. So, I trusted. What struck me initially was the silence, interrupted only during moments of prayer, catechesis, and personal colloquies with the spiritual director. The rest of the time is spent in silence to be able to gradually silence the mind so that the subtle but powerful voices within the soul surface. There are 4 to 5 one-hour prayer sessions during the day. Everything must be planned and prepared in advance: the passage to pray on, the place, and the time. Prayer must truly be like an exercise, which is carried out even when one is not in the mood or is tired; thus, we learn to live a faithful relationship with the Lord, an intimate relationship, and of constant dialogue. Our life on earth is measured by time: dedicating our time to God and to everyone we meet means giving our life to others! Sometimes prayer seems a waste of time, because to silence the soul is even more difficult than to keep the body still and so distractions take over. At other times, however, you hear a word that strikes you, a thought, a memory, an intuition comes to light ... And in a subtle and brief way God speaks to us. There have been difficult days when I was finding it very hard to accept the way God was asking me to follow. I have learned to be more generous with him: I ask him the questions which are of concern to me, but I listen to everything that he has to say. The more we let go and offer our life in its entirety to him, the greater the fruit to be reaped in the end. On the last day, when the silence was broken, all of us who participated in the Exercises exploded with joy: the smiles, the laughter, the words we expressed were full of serenity, of gratitude, of a renewed courage to face the future.  I entered this experience full of doubts and returned with a deeper knowledge of my desires, with confidence in the help of the Lord and aware of my neighbour’s freedom, a boundary that neither God nor I can cross. I recommend this experience to all those who are seeking God, who desire to meet Him, who are thirsty for His word. When you are in need, it's nice to have a friend to help us, but true friends don't wait until they have a problem to show up!   Jesuits EUM
How integral ecology questions our way of giving the Exercises. The CIS Conference for guides of the Spiritual Exercise and those working within Ignatian Apostolates took place between 5 and 7 March 2021. 130 persons of different ecclesial vocations, charisms and from different associations participated in this conference. The aim of this conference was to encourage a method of reflection on the way Laudato si' inspires us to change the experience of the Exercises in their various forms into an "integral" and "interconnected" form. Mauro Bossi sj and Paolo Foglizzo, editors of the magazine «Aggiornamenti sociali», conducted an experiment on the use of the Encyclical as material for the Spiritual Exercises. On Friday afternoon, there was a sharing of the experience of prayer on the texts of Laudato si.  This prayer experience, which consisted of a reflection on three prayer cards, was intended as a preparation for the conference in order to experience first-hand the effectiveness as well as the difficulties of this type of prayer. On Saturday morning, we worked on two exercises: the call of the king (cf. EESS nn. 91-98) and the two standards (cf. EESS nn. 136-147). In the afternoon, retreats were organized on the contemplation of beauty, which is one of the main themes of the encyclical. This experiment, which was privileged with a communal research, gave rise to a deeper observation and a more intense listening to social and everyday reality, a greater harmony with the Church, the drive to seek new expressions ​​and adaptations of the Spiritual Exercises to be able to give them also to non-believers and people who are searching. Positive questions have been raised about how to integrate the documents of the Magisterium into the various approaches of the Spiritual Exercises. During this conference the desire to experience integral ecology in a more conscious way emerged so that the Exercises could be given in different ways according to personal experience. On Sunday morning there was a sharing about the strengths and weaknesses of the CIS network. It seemed to us that the Holy Spirit was asking the guides of the Ignatian exercises and those working within Ignatian apostolates, territories, associations and centres of spirituality to grow in personal and mutual responsibility for more and better coordination among themselves; to share personal and collective experiences and skills; to share the difficulties and joys of our service of accompaniment; to communicate to the people of God that we desire to be a living, contemporary, and  credible cell of the Church!