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“En bonne compagnie. Ignace de Loyola", the French edition of the story "En buena Compañia. Ignacio de Loyola” (Editorial Mensajero, 2019) about the life of our founder dedicated to the little ones has been published. It’s a text adapted for the classroom (6-8 years old), but also intended to be used as a story at younger ages and to be read, even without knowing how to read. In addition, the volume is being translated right now into Czech and will soon appear in Indonesian idiom. Because it is important for our students to know what happened before the cannon fire, how Iñigo met Jesus and who his friends were in the Lord... That is how this book came about, with drawings adapted to children and adults that aim not only to introduce the curious reader to the world of reading but also to learn as soon as possible what Ignatian spirituality or the search for God consists of. There are three authors of this story, the Jesuit Alvaro Lobo, the teacher Rocío Esteban and the cartoonist and father of students of a Jesuit school, Fernando de Pablo. Furthermore, by reading this book, one collaborates in solidarity with educational projects of the Society of Jesus in the world. At the moment there are many students who are discovering through this story that the life of St. Ignatius is more than a story of a gentlemen. We hope that the dream of our protagonist will continue to reach the hearts of many more people and always... "In Good Company".
Following the apostolic preference of the Care of the Common House, the Society of Jesus in Spain was present with different actions at the Climate Summit (COP25) held in December in Madrid. A group of Jesuits and lay people from different organizations participated in the official agenda of the event, both in institutional activities and in spaces of civil society and religious movements in defense of the care of the planet. The University of Comillas, the EcoJesuit group, Entreculturas or Alboan are some of the entities of the Society that participated. Among the activities, for example, Jaime Tatay SJ and Irene Ortega (coordinator of Entreculturas Citizenship) participated in two round tables of the Forum on Caring for the Common House, promoted by the World Movement of Catholics for Climate. On Friday, December 6, a group of Jesuits and lay people participated in the prayer organized by Catholics for Climate and then in the Mobilization March against Climate Change that went through the streets of Madrid. The global Jesuit ecology group, EcoJesuit, had a very active participation in COP25 with the presence of its coordinator, Pedro Walpole SJ, and other representatives from Alboan, Entreculturas and Comillas. Also, Jaime Tatay SJ, Professor of Theology of Morals and Sustainability, participated in the round table "The role of religions in the face of the climate challenge". At the same time, the Pastoral Service at Comillas University organized an informative conference on the Climate Summit in order to become more aware of this global challenge which is so important for the life of all, and the role that the University should play in it. In addition, mobilizations and commitment to a campaign to collect signatures on the Visibles.org platform was encouraged. And there have been numerous appearances in the media.
At the headquarters of Cristianisme i Justícia in Barcelona, the project "Move Nonviolence" has been presented, a pedagogical proposal that wants to make known and contribute to educate in the culture of nonviolence. The initiative is the result of the work of the Working Group on Christian Nonviolence of the study centre Cristianisme i Justícia. Iit seeks to reach all audiences. Jesuit Joan Morera is one of the promoters of this work. He is the author of the booklet “Disarming the Underworld. Jesus' Nonviolent Proposal”, which was presented two years ago. The interest it aroused and the will to promote nonviolence from the Christian perspective led to the establishment of the Working Group on Christian Nonviolence, within Christianity and Justice. The project offers twelve didactic units that contain a video and practical and interactive activities to energize training sessions. It can be downloaded for free at the website www.muevelanoviolencia.net  and is available in Catalan, Spanish and English. Among its contents you can find, for example, how violence works, how to manage fear, the need for self-criticism... It also warns of the most frequent mistakes when trying to practice nonviolence and addresses the issue of religions and nonviolence, as well as gender violence. The coordinator of Moving Nonviolence explained that the project is aimed at a very wide audience, as it contains materials adapted to different age groups. It can be used in schools, in the world of leisure education, activism, organizations, but also for professional settings and many others. Joan Morera explained that the project also includes historical brushstrokes with experiences, because there is a lack of content on nonviolence in the school curricula. Wars and violent conflicts are explained, but the nonviolent struggle is difficult to explain. The project is supported by ICIP (International Catalan Institute for Peace), Barcelona City Council, Espai Societat Oberta and NOVACT (International Institute for Nonviolent Action).
In the Delegation of Migration of the diocese of Tanger (Morocco), Nador zone, a new project has been launched this year: the Migration Desk. The Spanish jesuit José Luis Vázquez and Yasmine Bachou, an expert in information and communication technologies, are working there. The objectives are the following: - To analyze current documents, reports and testimonies related to migration in order to reflect on and create new narratives about this reality. - To promote the training of the members of the intervention teams. - To strengthen communication strategies, so that the work they do in the Delegation is better known from outside. In order to contribute to this third objective, they have begun to publish a newsletter (news bulletin) that will have a bimonthly frequency and that can be read in French and Spanish in this link. According to Alvar Sánchez SJ, promoter of the Migration Delegation Project of the diocese of Tanger, Nador zone, with the Migration Desk "It is about fulfilling a necessary mission around reflection. We can talk about the data, but we also wish to construct little by little a different narrative from the one we are taking care every day. That is to say, the human family, as it passes through Nador, has something to say, has something to express. And it speaks to us not only of a resilience, it speaks to us of a hope in the face of all despair, which is worthy of being able to speak out and to be able to express and share it. (...) Is this human family, from which we defend ourselves, is the bearer of good news that we wish to share and announce. The Migration Desk has that mission".
It is now customary for the Delegation for University Pastoral Care at the Comillas University to prepare for Christmas with activities and gestures that help to deepen the experience. Along these lines, the pastoral group of ICAI has inaugurated one more year - and this is already the third - the Technological Nativity Scene: one of the traditions which is becoming more and more evident during this Christmas period. The previous two years, the crib was set up in refugee camps with the presence of the SJR. This, however, has begun a new series of cribs that year after year will travel to a new location, much closer geographically: the border of Melilla (spain city, frontier with Morocco). This year, the Nativity Scene shows the presence of the Society of Jesus and the Catholic Church in the border city of Nador. In the crib appear the different projects that the Jesuits manage and support in this fishing village, accompanied by other religious orders and institutions, such as Entreculturas or the Jesuit Service for Migrants. A project that began to be planned in February 2019 and has taken months of planning and preparation. The fence and some of the buildings are projected with a 3D printer; it has sets of hydraulic pulleys that make some of the elements move and a system of lights that tries to simulate the different moments of the day. All this without forgetting the characteristic scenes of the classic nativity scenes. A very specific way of projecting what the migration of the Holy Family could be like in the 21st century and emphasising the enormous work of the Society of Jesus on the borders.spain
Father General Arturo Sosa visited Andalusia, Spain, from November 20th until November 23rd. The visit included some time in the cities of Seville, Córdoba, Úbeda, Granada and Málaga. In each of these cities he visited the Jesuit communities and the major Jesuit institutions, and he met with Jesuits and collaborators. During his visit he was accompanied by the Assistant for Southern Europe, Fr Cipriano Díaz, the Provincial of Spain, Fr Antonio España, and his Delegate for the third age, Fr Ramón Fresneda.  An important moment of the visit was the official opening of Universidad Loyola’s new campus in the outskirts of Seville, in the town of Dos Hermanas. The new campus has a surface of 29.000 Km2, it has been designed to be sustainable, and disposes of a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure. The inauguration was presided by the president of the regional government of Andalusia, the archbishop of Seville, the mayor of Dos Hermanas and the Rector of Loyola University. All the Rectors and Directors of the different higher education institutions of the Province of Spain, the UNIJES network, were present at the inauguration. There were also present the Director of ICAM Engineering school in France, representatives from Loyola Chicago University, and the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Africa and Madagascar. During his visit to Andalusia Fr. General also participated in a Congress on Saint John of Avila, Doctor of the Church, in Cordoba. He visited the Sagrada Familia’s School of Education in Úbeda and Granada Faculty of Theology. He also visited a couple of Jesuit schools in different social contexts in Seville as well as the Jesuit infirmary in Málaga.