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On 14th July João Manuel Silva, sj was ordained, in the Crypt of the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Sameiro, in Braga, together with three new priests from the Archdiocese of Braga. With almost 11 years of life as a Jesuit, João Manuel Silva was ordained in the city where he was born. The new Jesuit priest received the Sacrament of Order from the imposition of hands of Archbishop D. Jorge Ortiga of Braga, together with other three new priests from the Archdiocese of Braga: Fernando Jorge Carneiro, José Tiago Varanda and Vítor Hugo Gonçalves. The provincial of Portuguese Jesuits, P. José Frazão Correia, and many other jesuits were at the celebration, as well as well as members of the diocesan clergy of Braga and family and friends of the new priests. During the homily, D. Jorge Ortiga invited the assembly to give thanks for the vocations that God offers to the community. He also spoke about the need to find new rhythms of celebration and the need that each disciple must feel to deepen his intimacy with the Lord. Commenting on the Gospel of the Good Samaritan, Archbishop D. Jorge Ortiga emphasized that "there is no true worship without service to one's neighbor". The Archbishop of Braga also asked the new priests to never cease to combine "knowledge by doing", keeping open to ongoing formation. After the Eucharist, the guests of Fr. João Manuel Silva, sj and the Society of Jesus were received at Casa da Torre in Soutelo for a festive moment of encounter. Fr. João Manuel Silva was born in Braga in 1984, where he lived until 2008, the year in which he joined the Society of Jesus. Before that, he graduated in Law from the University of Minho (2007). As a Jesuit, he studied Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Portuguese Catholic University in Braga, worked at the the High-School of Imaculada Conceição (CAIC) in Cernache (Coimbra) and studied Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was ordained deacon in April 2018. He currently lives in Boston, where he will continue his studies in the area of Personal Moral Theology in the next academic year.
"The new approach to families will be one of Francis's great legacies." Austen Ivereigh, the Pope's biographer, and Fr. James Keenan, an American Jesuit and moral theologian, spoke to more than 400 people about how Pope Francis has invited the Church to a conversion in the area of family ministry. On 19th July, the auditorium of S. João de Brito Scholl was filled for the conference "The Pope of the Families" organized by the Pastoral of the Family of the Society of Jesus and by Brotéria. Austen Ivereigh and Fr. James Keenan, SJ, gathered to help people understand the context in which the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) arose, what the Pope's vision of the Church and the family is, and how the Apostolic Exhortation has been received and implemented in different parts of the world. Fr. Miguel Almeida, sj, responsible for the Pastoral Care of the Family for the Portuguese Province, emphasized that the objective of the meeting was "not to allow the Pope's concern for the Pastoral Care of Families to die". The Jesuit gave several examples of how the action of Francis in this field has been a driving force for change in different groups of the Portuguese Church. In his speech, Austen Ivereigh was convinced that "the new approach to families will be one of the great legacies of Francis". The English journalist emphasized the fact that with Francis there was no change in the doctrine of marriage. For him what happened was a change "in the mentality of the Church regard to approaching the reality of marriage". According to the Pope's biographer, we have moved from a way of viewing marriage "as an institution supported by a convention, by the law and validated by the Church" to the consideration of marriage as "a path of conversion and openness to grace. This way of looking at things "is much closer to the Gospel," concluded Ivereigh. It is a demanding way of understanding marriage in the midst of a culture marked by transience. For Austen Iverigh, more than "blaming the culture", the Church must ask herself what She must change "in order to evangelize in a new context". The theologian James Keenan chose seven words to synthesize Francisco's vision, which is reflected in Amoris Laetitia. The first of the words chosen by the Jesuit was pastoral. Keenan explained that in the apostolic exhortation that followed the Family Synod is "a new understanding of the Church as profoundly pastoral”. On the other hand, "the word "pastoral" links Pope Francis to Vatican II which was the Council of Pastoral Doctrine”. The pastoral dimension of the Church is intimately linked to the second word uttered by the Jesuit: local. It is up to each local Church to understand the way in which the accompaniment of families must be put into practice, without this implying the loss of the bond with the universal Church. In choosing the word synod, Keenan emphasized the fact that Francis clearly bet on a Church that listens, knowing that "listening is more than hear". This attitude of listening is also reflected in the fourth idea emphasized by the moral theologian, the centrality of conscience. Recalling the number 37 of AL, the theologian recalled that as Church "we have been called to form consciences, not to replace them". However, the Jesuit did not fail to mention that "true conscience only works with humility". The call to closeness and the formation of conscience would be impossible without two more dynamics enunciated by Keenan: moral discernment and accompaniment. The last of the seven words chosen by Keenan is deeply associated with the pontificate of Pope Francis and is central to understanding AL: mercy. Defining mercy as "the decision to enter freely into the chaos of another person," the American priest underline that before approaching others, we need to understand what Christ has done for us, how far He has gone.  James Keenan ended his speech by giving examples of how the reception of LA has transformed the practices of the Church at different levels and contexts. Fr. Francisco Mota, sj close the conference on behalf of Brotéria, underlining the importance of organizing moments of reflection such as this that meet the issues that people face in their daily lives.
The Latest Release of the Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, a Philosopy Journal, is dedicated to the deepening of Contemporary Ethics and Politics, through multiple perspectives, based on the influence of Immanuel Kant. The Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia (RPF) has just released a new edition: Contemporary Ethics and Politics: Kantian Resonances. This book brings together twenty-seven texts that seek to improve the understanding of the relationship between Ethics and Politics and the importance of this relationship to our lives. The various essays address the multiple Kantian perspectives and their relationship with philosophy and life, in particular, the principle of duty, the conception of law, the idea of justice, the search for peace and social equity. According to the organizers in the introductory note: "Kantian philosophy, both ethically and politically, is taking on an ever-increasing interest and importance today. For this reason, there is every need and even every urgency to study this philosopher in order to seek the bridges that can conciliate ethics and politics. In other words, a return to political reflection also requires a return to reflection on the ethical principles that should guide political praxis. Ethical, moral, political, justice, international law, etc. issues must be the subject of reflection today, raising problems that go beyond appearances and meanings and that call into question our way of thinking about rationality". This issue is organized by António Costa, researcher at the the Centre for Philosophy Studies of Lisbon of the Catholic University and Ricardo Barroso Batista of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Braga. This work has the participation of several notable authors such as Kenneth R. Westphal, Nuria Sánchez Madrid (Complutense University Madrid), Robert Whelan (State University of New York), Michel Dupuis (Université Catholique de Louvain), Moran Godess-Riccitelli (Tel-Aviv University), Federica Trentani (Università di Padova) among others. Index available online here: https://www.publicacoesfacfil.pt/product.php?id_product=1208
Several movements linked to the Youth Pastoral of Portuguese’s Jesuits bring together thousands of young people of all ages, again. The initiatives promise not only fun but also contribute to the integral development of all. At the end of another school year full of commitments and tasks, summer is always the best time to decompress and "recharge the batteries". Still, there are those who prefer to have this time to rest in a different way: to serve and to learn, growing both humanly and spiritually. Organized by different age groups (from 8 to 18 years old) and based on identical pedagogical principles, Camtil, Campinácios and Gambozinos aim to provide a time of contact with nature; a break with the routine through service, reflection and spiritual activities. This year 24 camps take place between the end of July and the end of August and have as their theme "Fill your life with joy". More than 1300 young participants and about 430 animators are involved. The 42 participants from each camp are guided by a group of 15 to 18 animators, accompanied by a Jesuit chaplain. In addition to the summer camps there are the colonies of other institutions also linked to the Society of Jesus: the various colonies of Centro Juvenil Padre Amadeu Pinto  (from 1 to 26 July) and the Rabo de Peixe Sabe Sonhar movement (31 July to 14 August). They also include hundreds of children and have large teams of animators, trying to help children who often live in demanding and socially problematic contexts. Therefore, their aim is to work "to make teenagers capable of overcoming the adversities they encounter throughout their lives". Volunteer missions in Africa On July 20th the missions of Grão started until September 20th. After 9 months of formation, the animators (university students and young professionals with Ignatian inspiration) leave for African countries with the aim of contributing to their development, in partnership with Non-Governmental Organisations established on the field, already with existing Missions. This option allows the efforts of the volunteers of Grão to be integrated into long-term projects and not be limited to one-off actions. "It is intended, therefore, that the missions of Grão are based on a logic of insertion and inculturation and that their intervention is focused on community development, training / education and promotion of individual integrity and autonomy of populations through the training of local youth," you can read at Grão’s website. Music and spirituality The second edition of the LabOratório will take place from September 1st to 8th at the Convento de São Domingos, in Lisbon. This activity is for those between the ages of 15 and 40 who like music, with or without musical formation, but also for the local community: the community prayers (lauds, intermediate hour, Eucharist) and the concerts will be open to all, and for free. It will be a week of personal and community prayer, with workshops of musical formation (singing, instruments, composition, choral direction), workshops of theological formation, exploring the relationship between music and spirituality and conversations and concerts with respected artists. New music will be created for the liturgy, with different musical styles. The new music will be recorded and the scores will be published in a songbook. All this in a community environment, open to people from different movements, parishes and spiritualities, as an experience of plural Church.
“Back to the roots” was the theme of the “À noite na cidade” 9th edition, which joined about 900 participants. It’s a different type of prayer, which has been repeated over the years, and characterized by innovation and intensity. In the beginning of July, almost 900 participants gathered in the downtown area of Lisbon, to participate in the “À noite na cidade” 9th edition, organized by Círculo Vieira and the Centro Universitário Padre António Vieira (CUPAV). “À noite na cidade” programme started at the Lisbon Cathedral. Those who participated, as they entered,  found the interior completely empty and low lightened. Unexpectedly, a loud background noise started: sounds of traffic, voices, in short, the noises of daily life and metropolitan life, which were suddenly interrupted by a silence of 30 seconds. The main objective was to create a rupture in everyday life, full of agitation; making people allow themselves to be "led and surprised", to refocus their hearts on God: the root that illuminates life. As Fr. João Goulão sj, explained motivation and predisposition would be essential to get back to the root. "Back" connotes a journey, a path, a return. Path that goes beyond all circumstances, all the apparent "successes" or "failures," added the director of CUPAV. "Root" is what cannot be seen, which is hidden; it is the origin, the foundation; what is fixed and seeks food. "Going back to the roots' is the journey of one who is ready to begin again with a renewed look at all things. A deeper and far-reaching looking". The choice of the place also had meaning: the temple is also a space for rediscovering God. Beatriz Lisboa, one of the volunteers, emphasized the "conviction of people", an attitude of total surrender, and the "sense of belonging" that everyone felt. After a moment dedicated to prayer, the "Ceremony of Light" took place, in which the light of the paschal candle was transmitted by the candles that each one of the participants had. At the end, all went to St. George's Castle for the Eucharist celebrated by Fr. João Goulão, sj, Fr. Francisco Rodrigues, sj and Fr. José Frazão Correia, sj, provincial of the Jesuits. Madalena Fontes, who belongs to the team that organized the event, confessed that she was impressed by the "number of volunteers, all very available and enthusiastic", who helped in the activity, highlighting also the positive reactions she received. The 9th edition of "À noite na cidade" was closed with a toast to the city of Lisbon, with a duet of a cello and saxophone.
The Portuguese Province of the Jesuits announced on last June 12th, that one of their educational institutions will close next academic year. The High-School of Imaculada Conceição (CAIC) was inaugurated in 1955, in Cernache, district of Coimbra, and since then was responsible for the formation of more than 10.000 students, assuming itself, all along 64 years, as a milestone of excellence in education. This difficult decision proceeds three years of financial crisis, unexpectedly triggered in 2016, after the end of 40 years of financial partnership, once created, between the Portuguese Government and private schools, to ensure the educational rights of Portuguese students, more precisely, those who live in regions with lack of educational institutions. The main cause for that unsustainability comes with the reduced number of students, who have attended CAIC in the last two years, reduced number of registrations for the next school year, and negative prospects for their evolution in subsequent years. In the last two years, all efforts were made to reconfigured the High-School of Imaculada Conceição (CAIC) to the new condition of private school. Despite the involvement of families, investment in educational innovation and the reinforcement of marketing, measures have been taken to reduce the burden, to involve donors and to attract new students, offering a demanding educational proposal, centred on personal and community development, as dictated by the principles of Ignatian pedagogy. The results obtained in terms of new student enrolment were not, however, as desired. This way, the immediate closure of CAIC, which will no longer open its doors next school year 2019/2020, it will ensure to those who make up the teaching and non-teaching staff an indemnity for the years of dedication to the service of this apostolic work. Maintaining CAIC in operation would most probably mean being able to fail these people at a particularly demanding time, given the certain worsening of the current financial conditions. The Jesuits in Portugal pursue, with the same determination, their fundamental option in the Education sector, through their two other High-Schools, located in Lisbon and Santo Tirso.