Our community MAGIS for young people (high school students) led by the Jesuits in many parts of the PME province (Southern Poland) had to face pandemic restrictions on summer activities. Unfortunately, we had to resign from our annual big events: 10 days of retreats and a festival - Ignatian Youth Days, which gather about 400 participants every year. After discerning, searching and asking God what we might do in this situation, we decided to do something simple, but with the same Ignatian dynamics that young people can experience every year in Magis. There were also many voices from our young friends who asked us to organise something that would help them to refrain from using laptops and the Internet after months of online education. For many of them, our Ignatian retreats were the only time they could leave home this year. One of the several events taking place in the local Magis communities was a one-week retreat at the Jesuit villa in Stara Wieś (27 July - 2 August). The communities of Magis from Krakow, Bytom and Gliwice went together to celebrate this special time of intense prayer, sport and friendship. Indeed, we remained safe and healthy, sharing our faith and enthusiasm. 
On the occasion of celebrating the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato si'. In the interest of the common home and the proclamation of the Year of Laudato si', the Rector of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, Prof. Józef Bremer SJ, issued a declaration concerning the environmental policy of the University. This is the first step towards creating a green campus at 26 Kopernika Street. In the declaration we read that the academic community not only feels responsible for the protection of the natural environment and climate, but also wants to take concrete long-term actions, both through practical changes in the functioning of the University, as well as scientific research and education of young people. More on: https://ignatianum.edu.pl/misja-i-historia 
Appointments of Father General. Father General has appointed Fr. Jaroslaw Paszyński (49) as the next Provincial of Southern Poland. He has been the socius of the current Provincial since 2014. A Doctor of Philosophy since 1996, he joined the Society in 1997 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He has taught philosophy in Krakow and has been spiritual counsellor to the scholastics of the College of Krakow. As is our custom, he will take office on 31 July.   Father General has appointed Fr. Miran Žvanut (49) as the next Provincial of the Province of Slovenia. After completing his studies in wood technology, pharmacy and theology, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1999 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. He studied philosophy and theology in Dublin, then spirituality at Santa Clara University (California, USA). Since 2014, after serving as student chaplain in Maribor, he ministered as a parish priest in the Jesuit parish of Dravlje, Ljubljana. He will take office on 27 June.
The Presidium of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences examined the applications submitted for the competition 'The best doctoral dissertations 2020'. PhD theses defended in 2018 and 2019 could be submitted to the competition. Applications could be submitted by members of the CCA, promoters and reviewers of doctoral dissertations, and deans of faculties where the doctoral dissertation was held. The 3rd year student of theology Collegium Bobolanum, Mateusz Kowalcze SJ, became the laureate of this year's edition of the competition in the category for the best doctoral dissertation on the introduction of metrology principles in chemical measurements. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: "The use of chemometric methods in voltammetric testing of selected oxygen derivatives of ring terpenes" and presented new procedures related to chemometry, metrology and analytical measurements. This work was created in the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics AGH, and its supervisor was dr hab. Małgorzata Jakubowska, prof. AGH.
Pastoral actions in Poland. On the "onet.pl" portal, Piotr Kropisz SJ wrote today that the state of the epidemic is an opportunity for us to be, especially now, people who give hope. "I have been observing the Church's work on the web carefully for years. We have never had such a mobilization as in recent days! I am surprised by the number of initiatives, live broadcasts, comments to mass readings, conducted prayers, etc. " - notes father Piotr. "The pandemic will end sooner and later and we will return physically to the churches, but our mission to bring hope in the resurrection of Jesus will continue" - concludes his statement. More on ONET.PL On the "Dredge" channel, the Jesuits propose exercises to help cope with the wave of uncertainty and anxiety. Instead of succumbing to panic, reach for the Holy Bible and the Jesuits will provide you with a spiritual companion who will help deepen the hope that the Savior gives in difficult situations. More on the WE LET TOGETHER page Wojciech Żmudziński SJ proposes in the article "Will we become better thanks to a pandemic?" to look positively at the current situation of coronavirus spread. "What opportunities does it offer? Can we become better, learn something, understand something important thanks to a pandemic? (...) we can regain or strengthen faith in people who are hurrying to help others. So let's not concentrate on smart people who want to earn on human fear, but let's make sure that during the crisis we do not run out of time for kindness towards others, for reflection on the meaning of life and sincere prayer.  It encourages us to get to know ourselves and others better, and to remain tender, although we must temporarily replace the warm embrace with "nudging the elbows". Photo: Father Piotr Kropisz SJ during a retreat in Bialystok 
On 18 September 2009 the DEON.pl portal was launched. The Society of Jesus and the WAM Publishing House, which has been operating for over 140 years, looking for new ways to positively influence contemporary society, decided to open a social and informational portal. The mission of the portal is to inform about significant social events and interpret these events from the point of view of the Church, as well as commenting on church events and providing their meaning to the users. Being a link between religion and social life is not possible without offering a friendly place for open and inspiring discussions on religious, social, political and cultural issues. From the very beginning the portal was and is created in the spirit of the Ignatian tradition of "finding God in all things", hence the elements useful in everyday life, such as weather, calendar of names, life advice, culinary advice, etc., could not be missing here. On the occasion of its 10th birthday, the portal has changed visually. Currently, the portal boasts results of almost 2,000,000 unique users per month, generating more than 8,000,000 page views.