Now that discussions on economic recovery are under way, more than 90 organizations and individuals, including the FGS (NGO of the Portuguese Jesuits), are advocating a fairer, more resource-efficient and more resilient society. More than 90 organisations and personalities from Portuguese society, including the Jesuits NGO Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira (FGS), have signed the Manifesto for a Fair and Sustainable Economic Recovery in Portugal, a statement made public yesterday on the need to promote an economic recovery that places a fairer, more efficient and more resilient society at the centre of concerns. This document argues that the economic measures to be taken in this coming period must be fair and sustainable and based on the European Ecological Pact (EPE), the Paris Agreement, the objectives of biodiversity protection and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDOs), with a view to a more resilient and inclusive society and economy in the future. The signatories believe that the commitment to a fair and sustainable economic recovery should be assumed by all sectors of the Portuguese society, that is why they signed the Manifesto 27 non-governmental environmental, social, agricultural, forestry, development associations and cooperatives and some significant personalities of the Portuguese Society. Together, they give voice and face for a model of recovery based on social and sustainability principles, ensuring a climate-neutral economy that protects and restores nature, health and well-being to people, without leaving anyone behind. For subscribers 'this is not about creating a new economy from scratch'. It is about stating unequivocally that a fair and sustainable economy is the only way for the Portuguese economy to recover, where 'public investment must be clearly marked, and should not be applied indiscriminately to all sectors: not all sectors of activity are able to recover from this shock, not all sectors are economic activities of the future, and not all respond to present and future societal needs. In contrast, the environmental goods and services sector, critical for a fair and sustainable recovery, recorded in Portugal in 2017 growth rates above those of the national economy in employment (3.7%, compared to 3.4%) and exports (20.0%, compared to an increase of 11.6% in total exports). Throughout Europe, between 2000 and 2015, the growth rate of green jobs was seven times higher than in other sectors of the economy". The Jesuits NGO FGS develops projects in the areas of Global Citizenship, Development, Integral Ecology and Right to Quality Education. Occasionally, also collaborates in Humanitarian Emergency initiatives through our international networks.
Action by CREU-IL and Círculo Xavier mobilized hundreds of people who delivered donations of food and hygiene products that will now be given to families in need. The Centro de Reflexão e Encontro Universitário Inácio de Loyola (CREU-IL), a Pastoral Center for Universitary Students, in Oporto (Portugal), in collaboration with Círculo Xavier (former CREU leaders) organized  a collection of basic necessities for families in difficulty. The collection beguin on the 18th and last until the 29th. In order to reinforce the results of this initiative, an action called "Sprint Weekend" took place during 23th and 24tm may weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the Church of Our Lady of Fatima (Jesuits Church in Oporto) was open all day to collect donations. Each two-hour shift was secured by two volunteers who received and packed the various bags in the places of the Church. The objective was that the seats were all occupied. More than 500 bags were collected to fill the seats. This initiative started from the diagnosis of a very significant increase in the needs of the various fringes of the population covered by the works related to the Society of Jesus in Porto. The goods collected will be distributed in three distinct ways: by the Project Pobreza Envergonhada (Hidden Poverty), which for some years now has been collecting food habitually at Sunday Mass, organised by the Christian community of CREU, in the Parish Church of Cedofeita, at 7pm; by Group 10 of the National Corps of Listening, of the Parish of Cedofeita, which will forward the food to the Food Bank of Porto; by the São Cirilo Community Centre (Migrants Shelter) , which will send it to the needy families it supports.
After almost 120 years as a Jesuit culture magazine, Brotéria came out of the paper and moved to Bairro Alto with the desire to become the meeting point between the Christian faith and contemporary urban cultures. The new cultural space of the Jesuits, located in the heart of Lisbon, was opened to the public on January 25th, in a former Palace and is the result of a partnership with the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Lisbon. This is a project that has been under construction for two years, but which began to be dreamed and thought about almost thirty years ago. The opening program was born from the relationship with the street, since the cultural activity of Brotéria will try to give voice to the concerns of people who are entering the cultural game that is offered, where there is space for time, spontaneity and discussion. It included conferences about urban life, the relation between tradition, women and the city with the church, artistically performances and DJ actuation.   Until May the gallery will have an exhibition where the historical journey of Brotéria is recreated. The magazine will continue its regular publication. The Portuguese President of the Republic made a private visit to the new cultural center during the inauguration days. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa underlined the importance of putting the different dimensions of live in relation with one another as desired by the new cultural center. "What we believe is that the relevance of Brotéria as a cultural agent depends on constant attention to the urban reality, from a multiplicity of angles, always cemented in five strands of activity: research, dialogues, communication, spirituality and gallery", explains Fr. Francisco Mota SJ, director of Brotéria, adding that "for this to happen, we have a group of people we call Observatory, which meets regularly to listen to reality. We need to continue to nourish a joint reflection that guarantees the vitality, relevance and organicity of all the activity promoted by Brotéria. Then it is from this collective and plural view that new initiatives emerge and from which the themes explored in the programme emerge. Each theme is this: a process of integrated, dynamic and collective research and reflection that takes advantage of the multidisciplinary character of the centre and the programming to look for possible paths to the initial question brought by the exercise of listening to reality". The space includes a gallery, a bookshop, a cafeteria with a patio and rooms for debates, conferences or meetings, among which two large halls stand out, both with worked ceilings and capacity for 80 people each, and the Leather Room, the ex-libris of the building, with walls fully lined with worked leather. The building will also host the famous and vast library of the Jesuit community, which contains more than 160 thousand volumes that are now more accessible to the public. The top floor of the building will house the Jesuit Community House involved in the life of Brotéria. From research to debate, from art to spirituality, through digital and paper communication, Brotéria brings together people from different areas and sensibilities, as well as different institutions, with the desire to generate social transformation. It will be energized by a team of Jesuits in collaboration with people of various ages and areas of interest. For society, Brotéria hopes to be a place of plural, intelligent and creative dialogue, where cultural work has a social impact, be it through awareness raising, research and publications, as well as local intervention projects. For the Church, Brotéria hopes to be a place of theological and aesthetic reflection, with a contemporary language.
Portugal Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, appointed Fr. Miguel Nuno Maria de Siqueira de Almeida, 52 years old, as the new Portuguese Provincial. Fr. Miguel Almeida is born in Lisbon on 6 November 1967. He is graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Portuguese Catholic University, in Braga, and in Theology from the Gregorian University, in Rome.He did his Masters in Moral Theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA - USA. He was Socius of the Master of Novices, director of several university centres and was currently the Superior of the Juniorate in Braga. He was elector in the General Congregation 36.   Slovakia Fr. Jozef Šofranko - new Provincial of the Slovak Province        On 6th of January 2020 Fr. General Arturo Sosa appointed Fr. Jozef Šofranko as a new Provincial of the Slovak Province. Fr. Šofranko will take charge of the Province on 9th of May 2020 during the Mass at 12.00 in the Jesuit Church of the Most Holy Saviour in Bratislava. Fr. Jozef Šofranko was born in Prešov (Eastern Slovakia) on 25th of May 1977. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1996 in Trnava. After Novitiate, he studied philosophy and theology at the Theological Faculty of Trnava’s University in Bratislava. Then, after his ordination in 2006 he served as a Chaplain in the Jesuit Parish in Banská Bystrica. From 2008 he was doing his licentiate studies of Canon Law in Rome at Gregorian University. From 2011 to 2013 he was responsible for the Slovak section of Vatican Radio. He did his tertianship in 2013 in Portland – USA. Actually Fr. Jozef Šofranko is the Socius of the Provincial and teaches Canon Law at the Theological Faculty of Trnava’s University in Bratislava.
The first edition of the "Évora Spirituality Encounters" brought together about 150 people who, throughout the day, were able to reflect on the theme of death, starting from different approaches. With the support of the CLC-Além-Tejo and the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, the Jesuits of Évora hope to organise this meeting every two years. The opening of the meeting was attended by the Archbishop of Évora, Bishop Francisco Senra Coelho and the welcoming words of Fr. Alberto Brito, sj, superior of the Jesuit community in Évora. The first conference of the day was given by Walter Osswald, who spoke of "death and the fear of speaking of it", underlining that "it is important to prepare for death and for this it is necessary to think about dying. In the following moment, tracing an itinerary of the representation of death throughout the history of art, José Alberto Machado, from the University of Évora, made an intervention starting from the theme "Re(a)presentar a morte". In the afternoon, it was possible to participate in an interdisciplinary debate in which death was treated from psychological, philosophical and theological perspectives. This discussion was raised by the interventions of Isabel Mesquita and Teresa Santos, from the University of Évora, and Fr. António Vaz Pinto, sj. The day ended with a conference by Fr. Vasco Pinto de Magalhães, sj entitled "Death does not kill". In his speech, the Jesuit said that "we are in process, continuously dying physically, but it is not from this dying that we should fear, the great death is the end of relationships. There are three great things that kill us: the break with the transcendent, which destroys our ability to love and be loved, and the loss of a place in life".
In Portugal, the commemorations of the 175 years of the Apostleship of Prayer (AP) now the pope's worldwide network of prayer, ended during the weekend of October 19-20, in Fatima, with two great events: a Colloquium on the Heart of Jesus on Saturday, October 19, in which about 600 people participated; and the national pilgrimage of the AP on Sunday, October 20, which brought together one hundred thousand people from all over the country in the Shrine of Fatima. José Frazão Correia, sj, Provincial of the Jesuits in Portugal said during the colloquium that devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus must leave the "kitsch images" and find "its treasures" yet to show "the Christian faith" and the world. The Jesuit emphasized that the  devotion to the "Heart of Jesus" holds "many treasures that have not yet been sufficiently exposed, and they are what the Christian faith most needs to show to the life of believers, at a time when the Church must live on the margins, in the concrete reality of lives and families". The Final Eucharist took place on Sunday and was presided  by the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, Manuel Clemente, and concelebrated by 200 priests, 38 bishops , including Cardinal António Marto, Bishop of Leiria-Fatima. In the words of D. Manuel Clemente, the Apostleship of Prayer, "a movement that spread most in Portuguese parishes" in the middle of the 19th century and during the first half of the 20th century, guaranteed "the life of faith" in "particularly difficult periods for the very survival of Christian communities". Today, the connection between prayer and apostolate "has relaunched the Church and the mission", as "Pope Francis recently wished, taking it up again as the World Network of the Pope's Prayer". "The same fruits will surely reappear", exhorted the president of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference. At the end of the Eucharist, the Portuguese dioceses were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in front of the monument located in the center of the enclosure of the Shrine of Fatima.