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The Spanish Province held its Assembly from 25 to 28 April at Loyola. 250 Jesuits and lay people met in this Assembly to know the new apostolic project for the Province. The major themes were identity and community life, mission and our way of proceeding. This work is the fruit of ongoing discernment and invites us to a bold collaboration, different challenges and new formulas. Link to the Spanish Apostolic Project
New CJ booklet in English. When we speak about government finance and taxes, we are confronted with a lot of questions: do we pay too many taxes? Are they really put to good use? Could we save on them? Does it make sense for me to pay taxes when there is so much government corruption? For a long time the question of tax policy has been left out of political and social debate. Only in recent years, with the impact of economic crisis and globalization, are we again focusing on this question that is crucial for maintaining our welfare states. The debate about tax policy leads us to a further discussion about what model of society we desire and how we want to finance it. After 27 years Cristianisme i Justícia wants to address once again the tensions and the questions involved in creating a just fiscal system, one that fosters social solidarity. Such a system is an essential element in the fight against inequality. The author is Xavier Casanovas. He has a licentiate degree in mathematics and a master’s in business administration. He is the director of Cristianisme i Justícia and the coordinator of the Platform for a Just Tax Policy. Download the Booklet
18,000 people running for girls' education: The NGO Entreculturas has arranged solidarity races in different Spanish cities. This year the funds raised (200.000 euros) will go to the program "The light of the girls" a great initiative in 12 countries of Africa and Latin America to improve the education of more than 12.700 girls so as to stop inequalities and protect them against violence.
“Rezando Voy” wins Spera Award 2018  The Youth Ministry of the Spanish Episcopal Conference has awarded Rezandovoy as best proposal for broadcasting in Audio, in the second edition of the Spera awards for Catholic music. Rezandovoy is a project inspired by Pray-as-you-go and offers a daily audio prayer to pray along with biblical readings, poems and texts for reflection, images and music. Rezandovoy is now 8 years old, faithful to the daily prayer, and it is a transversal project with a  large community collaborating.
The 1st UNIJES Bioethics Conference entitled "The Bioethics of Pope Francis", took place on April 6 at the Faculty of Theology of Granada, organized by this Faculty and by the university sector (UNIJES) of the Spanish Province. The audience was numerous and diverse, with people from the university, health professionals, medical students, and students and friends of the Faculty of Theology of Granada. They addressed topics such as trafficking in persons and the illegal market of organs, justice as the ultimate criterion of global bioethics or the current problems in pediatrics and bioethics. It also reflected on the position of Pope Francis in bioethics from his magisterial documents, and mercy as the central attitude of bioethics in the teaching of Pope Francis. The seminar was a great opportunity to present the current state of the study of bioethics in UNIJES and to bring together the different networks of people interested in this topic close to our institutions. Likewise, the Conference allowed us to identify new synergies among the UNIJES institutions that are currently working on bioethics to continue deepening them.
The Interreligious Space of the Migra Studium Foundation and the Christianity and Justice studies center in Barcelona jointly organized the "Diversity and transcendent, paths of coexistence", in March, to reflect on how the spiritual and religious experience can be revealed as a space of coexistence in a society threatened by all kinds of fundamentalism and polarization. The two central papers were given by Josep Otón, doctor in history and professor at ISCREB, and Marta Burguet, doctor in Pedagogy and professor at the University of Barcelona. Otón reflected on how the religious universe is being reconfigured from the three basic elements of interiority, spirituality and religion; and claimed the need to recover the balance between the three to liberate them precisely the dangers that entails a narcissistic interiority, an evasive spiritualism or a totalitarian religion. Paradoxically, and contrary to what is often believed, religious pluralism, which is sometimes a source of conflict, can play, at the present time, the role of an antidote against fundamentalist approaches. The pedagogue Marta Burguet, meanwhile, also opted for the need for a pedagogy of coexistence and interiority, which allows individuals an interrelation based on trust and universal shared values. The day closed with a dialog about experiences that build coexistence.