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The recent health crisis has disrupted the activities proposed by the Province of Spain. The initiatives that year after year the pastoral agents offer to young people and families during summer have had to be suspended. It is in this context that the project Servir Juntos Verano 2020 (#SJV2020) was born. It is about being able to have experiences of voluntary work, service and spiritual experience, during the summer, in the context that is now ours. Servir Juntos Verano tries to put forces, volunteers and resources at the disposal of the concrete needs of each city and village in which the Province has a presence. #SJV2020 is not a set of activities only for young people; it is an invitation to the whole Ignatian network in Spain to get underway to identify needs and put themselves at service. It is an opportunity to understand that the place of mission is our own life, our usual streets, and to learn to see our surroundings with new eyes. More information at: https://sites.google.com/view/servir-juntos-verano-2020/
This month began at the Spanish National Court the trial for the murder of the five Jesuits who were Spanish citizens, in El Salvador in 1989, the case of the UCA martyrs. The trial is the result of the efforts of several families of murdered Jesuits, the Association for Human Rights of Spain, and the Center for Justice & Accountability of the United States. The provincial of Spain, Antonio España SJ, welcomed the beginning of this trial, pointing out that although "it would have been preferable that the trial be held in El Salvador", given the impossibility of that happening, it is positive that it takes place in Spain. The Society of Jesus itself in Central America hopes that universal justice "will contribute to the functioning of the Salvadoran justice system". The trial could be followed online from the Basque television website: https://www.eitb.eus/es/. The first session served to exonerate Lieutenant René Yusshy Mendoza, one of the members of the battalion that perpetrated the crime, from criminal responsibility due to the statute of limitations on the crime of which he was accused. His defense asked for it, and the accusations supported it. Mendoza is one of only two people in El Salvador who were convicted of the case before the amnesty law. He will thus go from defendant to witness, which may prove decisive for the trial. His statement will be heard on 8th July. In the second session, the awaited statement from former Colonel Inocencio Orlando Montano arrived. He did so for barely an hour and answering only his lawyer's questions. If the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus had encouraged Montano to "take advantage of this great opportunity" to contribute to the clarification of the truth "by making known all that he knows about said crime," it soon became clear that this would not be the case. Montano denied the charges against him. He recalled that in 1989 he served as Deputy Minister of Public Security, a position that placed the police forces under his command, but not the military; his functions were "merely administrative”. He acknowledged that in the days prior to the massacre, information had come in that the rebels were storing weapons at the UCA and so sent the Atlacatl battalion to carry out searches at the university - these searches, in which no weapons were found, were the prelude to the crime - but "militarily there was never any intention of harming him [Ellacuría], the Church or the university”. Montano said he always thought the crime was committed by the rebels, not the military. The prosecution, on the other hand, claims that the decision to kill Ellacuría and the rest of the Jesuits was taken by an elite group of officials to which Montano belonged, and is asking for 150 years in prison for participating in "the decision, design or execution" of those five murders - the trial only refers to the five Spaniards killed in the massacre. Finally, the first witnesses testified. The members of two delegations sent by the Spanish Congress of Deputies to El Salvador in November 1990 and September 1991 testified. The next session will be on July 8, beginning with the statement of Rene Yusshy Mendoza at 10:00. The process in the Audiencia Nacional, which is scheduled to conclude on July 16, is a new occasion to remember that episode that marked an entire generation. Its victims are remembered today, more than three decades later, as an example of commitment and sacrifice for justice. In the Spanish media we have been able to hear testimonies from various Jesuits these days.
In June, multiple Jesuit institutions created campaigns to call for action on the occasion of the World refugee day. We will present to you some actions taken by the Centro Astalli in Italy, Alboan and Entreculturas in Spain and the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology (SJES) of the General Curia. Centro Astalli’s Campaign for world refugee Day. Centro Astalli presents #traccesolidali: the social campaign for the next World Refugee Day. We can take care of each other as we travel together on this long journey respecting each other’s rights. Deep dark eyes carefully follow the movement of the sewing machine. They are the eyes of Zainab, Lin and Fatou.  They come from Nigeria, Somalia, Chine and Eritrea. These women have crossed the desert and the Mediterranean and have survived incredibly difficult journeys. With needle, thread and fabrics they have brightened their days at Casa di Giorgia, the center for women refugees that has hosted them, during the lockdown period due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Their skilled hands have guided young and inexperienced hands in the making of masks out of fabric that arrived from all over the world. Today these refugee women are starting all over again, using a sewing machine and a handmade design. They found some fabric and drew sketches and models to create a commodity that has become precious and indispensable for the protection of each of us. The look on their faces is one of solidarity, women who have decided to take care of the community that hosted and protected them, and which now has become their home. To place an order, one can contact Centro Astalli 0669925099 astalli@jrs.net During this time, solidarity and integration are hanging on thin but strong threads, interwoven with shared values ​​and care for the common good. We can take care of each other as we travel together on this long journey respecting each other’s rights.#traccesolidali   Activities in Spain. An escape room The proposals have been varied. For example, the ngo Alboan has launched an Escape Room with the name "Breaking the wall", with the aim of breaking down the walls built with false messages, stereotypes and prejudices about migrants and refugees. With a donation you can play and invite up to three more players. The money raised will go towards the COVID-19 global emergency campaign, which seeks to alleviate the effects of the pandemic among the most vulnerable communities in Latin America, Africa and India. Sharing a photo of our walking shoes The traditional Paths of Hospitality or marches with refugees and migrants, this year have been celebrated virtually by sharing a photo of our walking shoes on social networks accompanied by a message of solidarity with migrants and refugees. For its part, the Jesuit Migrant Service will present in early July its annual report on Foreigners' Internment Centers (CIE 2020 Report), which on its tenth anniversary will re-read the evolution of this last decade, in the hope of knowing if the CIE will reopen and in what situation, after the closure caused by the pandemic. The report will be available on its website from 6th July. 7.1 million refugee children and adolescents of school age The NGO Entreculturas has invited us to look more deeply into the reality of the 7.1 million refugee children and adolescents of school age, of which 3.7 million do not normally attend school, but whose numbers have increased due to the emergency caused by Covid-19. In their campaign Escuela Refugio they ask for our signature so that education is preserved as an essential right within any humanitarian response in an emergency or crisis and they offer us different teaching materials and resources to work on the issue with children. "Migratory Flows at the Borders of our World" Finally, the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology (SJES) of the General Curia, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the Migration Network, GIAN (Global Initiative Advocacy Network) and the Institute for Migration Studies of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas celebrated the online presentation of the book "Migratory Flows at the Borders of our World". The seminar in which this presentation was held on Thursday, June 18, was attended by Fr. General Arturo Sosa, SJ, Fr. Here you can dowloan the book. More information about the webinar here: https://infosj.es/noticias/16588-el-p-general-invita-a-trabajar-juntos-para-abordar-el-desafio-de-las-migraciones   Read also: “To know in order to understand” - Faith-Based Organisations on World Refugee Day 2020
The end of the confinement opens the possibility of offering again the experience of the Spiritual Exercises in our Spirituality Centers and Houses. Many christians usually take advantage of them during the July and August holidays. Thinking about those more vulnerable groups to the Covid-19, that some of our Retreat Houses will have limited capacity and that not all of them will be able to open, the Jesuits of Spain have launched this year, together with the on site offer, other proposals of online retreat sessions. The program #AsolasconDios is made up of the online offer and of the on site offer provided by some of the centers and houses of spirituality of the Society (Loyola, Manresa, Salamanca, Dos Hermanas-Sevilla, Celorio-Asturias, Javier, Pedreña-Santander), with the necessary adaptations of social distancing and of hygienic and sanitary protection. These groups can be consulted in their respective web pages (See link). Already last Easter, due to the situation of confinement, the Society of Jesus launched its first 8-day online exercise offer, in which 400 people participated and which was very positively evaluated. Now, they have embarked on this new online proposal. Six rounds of eight-day spiritual exercises are offered, suitable for lay people, religious and priests who have already made an exercise. What are these online Exercises like? The exerciser will receive at a time, at the beginning of the morning and beginning of the afternoon of each day, an e-mail with a link that will give him access to a YouTube video (only available 24 hours) where he can follow the points for prayer. You will also receive in Pdf an outline of the points for prayer and suggestions of biblical texts to pray with. Although the ideal is that the exerciser has a companion in person, whoever wishes can receive spiritual accompaniment online through these free tools: Skype, Google Meet and Zoom. The celebrations of the Eucharist can be followed daily in person if the exerciser has the opportunity, or online. More information and registration on this website: https://asolascondios.infosj.es/
In our elder Jesuits communities Following the footsteps of Jesuits who came face to face with the disease like St. Louis Gonzaga and Blessed John Beyzym, a group of ten Jesuits in formation have been during several weeks caring for their elderly companions in the infirmaries of the province of Spain located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) and Villagarcía de Campos (Valladolid). The experience has been hard because a group of elder Jesuits have died and others have fallen ill, but both, the elders and the youngers, have told that this has been a strong experience of the Society of Jesus. Several of them are health professionals, such as nurses or doctors. Others had to learn quickly the work of nursing assistants. Fr. Rafael Mateos,  the superior of the infirmary of Alcalá, acknowledged that he had experienced what Francisco Javier said from the far east: "Society of Jesus, company of love" and the absolute availability of the Jesuit. For him, the experience is "to live this Society of love, this union between older and younger Jesuits, who help each other, care for each other. For them as well as for us, this is a strong experience of the Society". For the superior of Villagarcía de Campos, Fr. Salvador Galán, their presence "has is a blessing of God. In addition to the excellent work they are doing with professionalism and total dedication, there is the moral support it has given to the Community and, above all, to the service personnel of the house. They are giving a testimony of what the Society is, a body". We asked several of them to reflect on this experience. Read their answers in this interview (in Spanish). As deacons in the cemetery Other Jesuits in formation have been involved in other social and pastoral work of the Society. Nubar Hamparzoumian SJ and Daniel Cuesta SJ have offered to take responsibility for the dead and to accompany the families with prayers in the cemetery of Madrid. With this service they have seen the most painful side of the crisis, with all the suffering of the human losses that it leaves and the desolation that it causes, the impossibility to say goodbye to their loved ones. But theirs is also a hopeful testimony: because they appreciate the faith of so many people who know that death is not the end; because in them we appreciate the social value of a vocation, that of priests and deacons, who in moments when anguish and distress reign, carry out an irreplaceable mission. Access the interview (in Spanish).
Jesuit universities in Spain continue to add initiatives to alleviate the consequences of the Pandemic. From job counselling for the most vulnerable people, the search for a vaccine and the study of the infected population thanks to the Big Data.  One of these initiatives is that which has brought together the legal clinics of ten universities throughout Spain to produce a guide that provides understandable answers to legal problems that arise during the crisis. And thus bring the law closer to those who suffer the consequences of the COVID-19 but are unaware of the keys to understanding the legal implications of the situation. The Jesuit universities of Madrid (Comillas) and Bilbao (Deusto) are participating in this initiative. In addition to professors, 44 students are taking part. For its part, the Jesuit faculty IQS participates in the CoviNanoVax project, led by two professors from its Department of Bioengineering, which investigates the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus in order to vaccinate the healthy population. This project has obtained funding in the call for research projects on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID19 promoted by the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Carlos III Institute of Health of Spain. And the Institute for Technological Research (IIT) at Comillas ICAI is collaborating with the medical company Savana on the first international study based on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and natural language processing (NLP) on patients with COVID-19. The aim of the project is to define the clinical characteristics and predictive factors for the evolution of patients with SARS-CoV-2 Given the social and economic impact of COVID-19 in most countries, the results obtained aim to improve the clinical management of patients with COVID-19 infection and to optimize the management of health resources. The study uses the latest advances in artificial intelligence, which allows for the automatic extraction of aggregate information from the texts of anonymized electronic medical records.