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The Portuguese Parliament is preparing to discuss, on May 29, four laws that seek to regulate the non-punishable practice of euthanasia. The Jesuits in Portugal feel it their duty to take a public position on this issue. Consequently they published an Editorial in its official portal, PONTO SJ. The Portuguese Jesuits accept that the intention of the authors of the different laws is to alert to the suffering and loneliness that so many experience in the terminal phase of life. However, they deny that the path recommended by the different laws is the one that responds to the need to accompany those who are approaching the end of life. The Portuguese Jesuits regret that the deputies have not been sensitive to the calls of the Order of Physicians, the National Ethics Council and other civil entities. They also call for policies to be developed that give greater attention and care to those who suffer and to make these policies accessible to all.
The Great International Gala of the bgreen // ecological film festival heads this year to the city of Santo Tirso for its 8th edition. It is already on June 8 at 9:30 p.m. in Praça 25 de Abril, in Santo Tirso, that we will get to know the great winners of this edition. Already with seven editions, bgreen is a video festival aimed at young people from around the world, between the ages of 13 and 21, whose main goal is to foster an awareness more committed to ecological issues. Promoted by the Oficina - Profissional School of Instituto Nun'Alvres, one of the schools of the Company of Jesus in Portugal, in the municipality of Santo Tirso, bgreen is a pedagogical resource based on four aspects: educational, social, environmental and audiovisual. In a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach, bgreen aims to promote the values ​​of solidarity, commitment, service to others and ecology. Starting from Project-Based Learning, bgreen is developed in an integrative methodology that allows to develop the themes of the environment, creativity and social justice, while working the curriculum of the technical areas of the professional courses. The value that bgreen represents for the community, for its contribution to the preservation of biodiversity, social cohesion and environmental protection, was clearly recognized when, in 2016, the Municipality of Vila Nova de Famalicão attributes the Seal "Famalicão Visão" 25 "to the OFFICE, in the category" b-smart Famalicão ". With the theme You are nature, which aims to highlight the symbiotic relationship between the human being and nature, this year's edition of Bgreen counts on the participation of 255 video spots from 16 countries and 35 finalists. Since its first edition, the festival has already reached more than 500 thousand students of secondary schools (state and private) nationally and internationally. The BGREEN International Gala represents the culmination of a year in which the environment has touched thousands of young people all over the globe. At this Gala, more than 1,000 people are expected in the 25 de Abril Square. The broadcast can also be tracked through the bgreen website with live streaming. Prizes will be awarded: bgreen Grand Prix, bgreen Junior, Honorable Mention, Best Making-Of, Public Prize and Alphonse Luisier Prize. The big winners will have the opportunity to visit São Miguel, in the Azores, on an Eco-Adventure Trip. On June 8, in Santo Tirso, we will have the delivery of prizes. The entrance is free and will count on the musical presence of ARTAVE - Artistic School of Vale do Ave, with Backstage - school of dance and performing arts and with INAC - National Institute of Circus Arts.
Diaconate and priestly ordinations and Final vows in Britain, France, Germany,  Portugal and Spain. Britain Anuranjan Ekka from the Darjeeling Province and George Stephen Thayriam from Madurai were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday 10th February by Bishop John Sherrington at Farm Street Church. France      On February 10 the priestly ordination of Claude Philippe and Romain Subtil was celebrated at the Saint-Ignace Church by bishop Antoine Hérouard, Auxiliary Bishop of Lille. Germany Clemens Kascholke SJ (Munich), Sebastian Maly SJ (Berlin) and Jörg Nies SJ (Rome) were ordained deacons in Berlin on Saturday 17 February by the archbishop of Berlin, Dr. Heiner Koch, in the full church St. Canisius in Berlin-Charlottenburg.  Portugal. Within the liturgical calendar, February 4 marks the feast of Saint John de Brito. For the Portuguese Province of the Society of Jesus this date is particularly important since the Portuguese Saint is the patron of the Jesuits in Portugal. This year this day was also marked by the last vows of Fr. Luis Onofre Pinto, sj. Spain The richness and diversity of the universal Church filled the diaconal ordination of the Jesuits Carlos Gómez-Vírseda, Roberto Quirós (ESP), Marto Piaia (EUM), Alain Pitti and Émile Agbede and (AOC), on Saturday, February 3 in Madrid. The ceremony was presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro Sierra, at the Nuestra Señora del Recuerdo School.
On 4 February 120 people gathered to pray and reflect on the Pope's intention for the month of February: the fight against corruption. The Pope's World Wide Prayer Network and the Christian Life Community (CLC) in Braga have joined together in the organization of “Verde ou Maduro”, which has been held annually at Casa da Torre for more than 15 years. Following the suggestion of Fr. Bruno Nobre sj, who led the meeting, the participants began by asking for the grace to be indignant with personal sin and with the sin of the world. Topics such as "Corruption in Sacred Scripture" and "Spiritual Dynamism in the Heart of the Corrupt" filled the morning with countless questions, debates, conversations, and many unrest. After lunch, in a panel composed of 7 elements of CLC, it was possible to reflect on the small corruptions of everyday life in the areas of health, education, research, business and parish. Throughout the day, also the smallest ones from the 1st to the 8th. year of schooling were invited to think "what are the evils" of their day to day activities in “Verde ou Maduro” Junior. In an atmosphere of joy and communion, after the meal, we celebrate the Eucharist, united with the Pope in his intention to pray that those who have material, political or spiritual power will not allow themselves to be dominated by corruption.
Ignatian seminar: The inspiration of Mary and of the Ignatian Spirituality on the role of women in the Church “Come and see: with Mary, see” was the inspiration for the 12th Study Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality (SEEI) that took place from November 17 to 19, in Fátima, Portugal, and was organized by the Portuguese Province of the Society of Jesus. About 400 people from different communities and Ignatian groups, scattered throughout the country, gathered for two days of debate and sharing. In the light of Mary, whose apparition is celebrated in this centennial year, SEEI was an opportunity to meet and reflect on the paths that the Church and each Christian are called to follow. The role of women in the Church was one of the main topics of the event. “Women must have in the Church the role they had for Jesus in the Gospel”, said Father Vasco Pinto de Magalhães sj, speaker at the event. “Women should have an increasingly active and considered voice, and should have the intervening role that is due to them, at all levels.” About the priesthood of women, Fr. Pinto de Magalhães encouraged the reflection on the best way “to mature, in the Church, the feminine side of the sacerdotal charisma received in the baptism”. The Italian theologian Stella Morra, professor at the Gregorian Pontifical University, stated that “women in the Church already animate the lives of Christian communities, contribute to pastoral action at the local and national level, teach theology, and in many cases, guide liturgical acts in the absence of the priest." Stella Morra encouraged a collective and fearless discernment by the Church as a diverse and collective people, the "us ecclesial", looking at the present times as promising for the conversation about diversity in the Church. Other topics of Marian inspiration were part of SEEI: "the openness to the Spirit", addressed by Fr. Carlos Carneiro sj, or "the vocation for justice" by Joana Morais e Castro. Inspiring personal stories were also told by women and men who, like Mary, let God incarnate in their lives. Margarida Alvim, Teresa Olazabal, Isabel Figueiredo and Filipe Costa Lima shared some of the testimonies.Organized since 1991, SEEI takes place every two years. The book with the speeches of the Study Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality 2017 will be available soon.
CUPAV – Lisbon’s Jesuit center dedicated to university students – is hosting, this year, from October until June – “Projecto 18.91”, in English: “Project 18.91”, an introductory course on the Social Doctrine of the Church (SDC) with a special method inspired by the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (reading – lecture – Q&A – personal reflection, sharing in groups), motivated by the recent publication of “DoCat”. The name Projecto '18 .91 'refers to the year in which the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII 'Rerum Novarum 'was published, which became a fundamental pillar of the Church's Social Doctrine. There are 100 participants, aged between 20 and 30 and 9 lecturers, one for each monthly session. The mains goals are, first, to get people informed about how the Church interprets the links between the Gospel and social thought and, second, to incentivize an autonomous approach to doctrine in general, and third to insist on the relationship between doctrine and daily life. The initiative came from a group of young laymen and was supported by Fr. João Goulão sj, the director of CUPAV. The two first sessions were a success. When asked about how did the first session go, Rui Fernandes sj, a Jesuit student from Santarém, the first speaker at Projecto 18.91 on the topic: “Being Christian in the society – Church and society”, says: “I was very surprised by the number of people participating, also very happy to see the interest people demonstrated. From what I could perceive, I think there is a clear desire of deepening; people want to get to know stuff, they want to have an intelligent reading of them and I think that is a very good sign”. Fr. Francisco Mota sj, the speaker of November talked about the main principles of SDC. In his opinion, Projecto 18.91 “is a pertinent project, that was missing in the Portuguese Church (…) the method helps.. this relationship between a lecture and previous reading has many benefits, helps to prepare the theme before it starts, helps to dispose oneself to listen what is to be said. It’s a type of course that permits decentralizing preoccupations and doing so it can bring unity to our Church. We are studying what concerns the SDC, we are at a catechesis, being loyal to the text and applying what we learn into daily life. I hope that this is a work that brings unity.”