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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.
Since the end of October, the Province of Spain has a new configuration of its Apostolic Platforms. Now, the map of the Province has 10 platforms and 3 hubs. Instead of the previous situation of 25 Apostolic Platforms and 2 Territorial ones. This change is a better response to our apostolic and community reality. The Provincial, Antonio España, communicated the new configuration of the Apostolic Platforms to Jesuits and project managers. After a long process of clarification, the last step - which was the approval of Father General - has been completed. From this moment on we will have a map with ten platforms and three nuclei, which tries to respond better to the apostolic and community reality. In his explanation, besides describing the process followed until arriving at this new map, the provincial points out some of the criteria and lessons learned that are behind the decisions taken. Diversity of ministries within a Platform, which make possible collaboration and a sufficient critical mass of people, works and communities. The reduction of the number of PA will allow a better coordination between Platforms and Sectors. Sustainability in the medium term, taking into account the redimension that we will have to face in the coming years The creation of apostolic nuclei is restricted, and it is thought for Platforms of great geographical extension. Thus, the new configuration allows many different ministries on each platform, facilitating collaboration with a sufficient critical mass of people, works and communities. The map of the new Apostolic Platforms can be found here.
New Cristianismo y Justicia (CJ = Christianity and Justice) CJ booklet in English: “Believing in sustainability. Religions facing the environmental challenge”. In this essay the author proposes ten reasons for involving the world’s religions in the environmental debate. The ten reasons offer important keys for understanding the religious declarations of recent years as valid strategies for personal, institutional, and social transformation. The author seeks to open up the prophetic, ascetical, penitential, apocalyptic, sacramental, soteriological, mystical, wisdom, communitarian, and eschatological dimensions that pervade the spiritual experience of humankind. The articulation of these ten elements allows us to elaborate an environmental proposal of an interreligious nature. The author is Jaime Tatay Nieto, jesuit. He has a forestry engineering degree from ETSIM-Universitat de Lleida. He holds a licentiate in theology from Boston College and a doctorate in theology from Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, where he is currently a professor. He is also director of the journal Razón y Fe.
The University of Deusto held at the beginning of November the meeting Juntos Somos Más (Taking car together). The meeting is aimed at young people from 18 to 30 from the Ignatian family, and young Muslims from the Ellacuría and Loiolaetxea Foundation joined it to share their culture and integrate with others. A total of 140 people lived together in different spaces and shared a meal at Deusto Hall of Residence. The theme of the meeting was "care", from three perspectives: taking care of oneself, working on acceptance and reconciliation; caring for others, with generosity and acceptance; and caring for the environment, working with different performances on this theme.
To pray at the foot of the wall surrounding a Foreigners Detention Centre (CIE) on “Isla de las palomas”, at the southern tip of Europe. This was a proposal by Pastoral MAG+S Zona Sur, with the collaboration of Asociación Claver-SJM, which brought together 60 university students from Seville, Úbeda and Málaga. They joined their prayers to the anguish and hopes of the 40 inmates awaiting their return to Morocco or their release. The spotlights illuminated intensely the CIE barracks while the Tarifa lighthouse distributed its powerful light. Beyond the Strait, the powerful lighting of the port of Tangier-Med brought the African coast even closer. Meditation at the foot of the wall was brief: the blasts of the Levant loaded with saltpetre did not invite them to stay. The parish priest Don Juan Pedro Baro offered his hospitality, giving them the church of San Francisco for the initial points and the final Eucharist. As a colophon, they went to the beach again to pray an Our Father.
November, 7th-9th - The VII Meeting on Christian Welcome on the Camino of Saint James of Compostela was held in the International Pilgrim Welcome Centre, in Santiago de Compostela. The main theme this year was young people and the Way, Four Jesuits attended the meeting (Francisco Cuartero, Salvo Collura, Jean-Paul Hernandez and Sergio Garcia) and talked about accompanying young people on the Way and their pastoral challenges, in the framework of the synod about Young People.