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International Symposium on Psychology and Exercices. The more than 200 participants of the International Symposium of Psychology and Spiritual Exercises, held in Loyola from 20 to 24 June, showed great satisfaction with what has happened during these days in the form of more than 50 activities (conferences, communications, meetings with experts, workshops, round tables, etc.) with the major international specialists in the item. The main focus of the meeting was how to interpret psychologically Ignatius Loyola's central proposal for his Spiritual Exercises: "To feel and know the various motions..." (EE 313). The chosen theme sought to understand, from a current perspective, the Ignatian leap between the diversity and superficiality of emotions and thoughts that we experience at the depth of the motions of the Spirit, which show us how to decide in our concrete christian life. Inaugurated by the provincial of Spain, Antonio España SJ, at the opening ceremony a video message from Father General was projected. It was about the union between the Universal Apostolic Preferences and the Exercises. The themes presented during these days have been many. For example, the balance between the Exercises and psychology or the theme of motions, since a generalist vision to the specific one of the image and imagination in the spiritual world, the Spiritual Exercises with people with intellectual disabilities, the itineraries of the Exercises or motions in groups and discernment in common. Also, the contemporary Emotionalism and Emotivism seen as a threat or possibility for our spirituality was the protagonist of one of the round tables; the complexity of the world of the unconscious that makes us be able to project in God our own desires and interests if we do not discern well the motions. Women and the Spiritual Exercises, and if there is a feminine perspective of Ignatian spirituality, were themes interesting during the Symposium, as well as the search for Ignatian contributions to psychology and the possibility of the existence of an Ignatian Psychology. Franco Imoda SJ, Carlos Domínguez SJ, Luis María García Domínguez SJ, R. Dawson, J.P. Núñez, Stefano Guarinelli, Margaret Scott, Elizabeth Liebert, Francisco José Ruiz Pérez SJ, José María Rodríguez Olaizola SJ and María Prieto (U.P. Comillas) were some of the experts that spoke during these days. Finally, with the motto "They have made God credible and human beings possible" the Symposium paid a sincere and emotional tribute to the Jesuits Carlos Alemany, Jordi Font, José Antonio García-Monje and Nacho Boné. The first three were present in the hall, while our beloved Nacho was represented by family members and friends. They have been personalities in the world of university knowledge, good people and great Jesuits who have contributed to making the Society of Jesus an apostolic body that follows the ideals that Saint Ignatius marks for us in the Spiritual Exercises. Organized by the University Institute of Spirituality of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, the following entities collaborated: the Jesuit Province of Spain, the Fifth Centenary Commission, the CEL-Sanctuary of Loyola, the Loyola Communication Group, and UNIJES (Jesuit Universities of Spain). It was offered on the thirtieth anniversary of the meeting that took place in Salamanca in 1989. And it was celebrated on the threshold of the fifth centenary of the conversion of Ignatius; hence its thematic focus reflects the psychodynamics of the conversion of Ignatius in parallel with that of the exercitant. More about the Congress on Twitter: #LoyolaPsi2019
This June, the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM) presented the 2018 Annual Report on Centers for the Internment of Foreigners (CIE) at various events in different Spanish cities. The report is entitled 'Discrimination of Origin', referring to the differential treatment given to people of Maghrebi origin, who on arrival in the country go to police station to end up in the CIE. More than two thirds (68%) of the total number of people interned in 2018 were from one of these two nationalities: Moroccan or Algerian. On the contrary, since August, it has been observed that people of sub-Saharan or Asian origin have not been interned in CIE, since on arrival they go to the Temporary Foreigners Reception Centres (CATE) and from there to humanitarian reception resources due to the impossibility of returning to their country of origin. In 2018, a total of 7855 persons were interned, representing a decrease of 11% with respect to the previous year. Of these, 98% were men. More than 78% were interned due to the opening of a return file for illegal entry into the country. A total of 89 minors were interned at CIE in 2018, according to the Ministry of the Interior. The figure is significantly higher than in 2017. In addition, the number of applications for international protection since CIE in 2018 increased to a total of 1,776, of which 30.6% were admitted for processing. The total number of forced repatriations (sum of expulsions and returns) increased by 22% to 11.384, so more than 31 persons were repatriated per day during 2018. Visits in the centres Teams of people from the SJM network entities visited a total of 807 people in five centres in 2018. These visits continue to reveal situations of vulnerability and possible violations of rights: structural deficiencies in most centres; lack of detection of minors and care for persons with physical and mental illnesses; lack of legal assistance and language interpretation; limitations on the use of communications; degrading and humiliating treatment; and difficulties and obstacles in accessing asylum applications. The SJM continues to identify serious deficiencies in the management of crisis situations within some CIE, as well as serious episodes of violence. Faced with this, the dialogue that is articulated around the work of denunciation and defense from the entities that visit the internment centers, together with institutions such as the Ombudsman, the control judges and other instances of the administration, continues to be key to defend the rights of migrants. In short, it consolidates the abusive use of internment as a tool in the fight against irregular immigration at the southern border, however it still does not have a deterrent effect, generating in any case much suffering. This work of denunciation addresses a fundamental demand: the end of internment and deprivation of liberty, the closure of the ICE and the need to explore more humane alternatives that facilitate processes of social integration. Download the report here: https://sjme.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Informe-CIE-2018-SJM.pdf
In the midst of the whirlpool at the end of the school year, priestly ordinations are first and foremost a moment of joy for Jesuits. It is a time of a sense of body, of endorsing one's own vocation. This shared joy was felt on June 1 at the priestly ordination of Roberto Quirós SJ and Carlos Gómez-Vírseda SJ (Charlie) in the Jesuit parish of San Francisco Javier and San Luis Gonzaga (Ventilla-Madrid), on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, D. Carlos Osoro Sierra, concelebrated, among others, the provincial of the Society of Jesus, Antonio España SJ, the bishop emeritus of Ethiopia, the Jesuit Rodrigo Mejía, the delegate of the Third Age (Cipriano Díaz Marcos SJ), the delegate of Formation (Pablo Alonso SJ), superiors and formators of both Jesuits. The readings referred to the feast of the Ascension. After the call and presentation of the ordinands, the Cardinal gave a homily in which he invited them to: consolidate their life in a single security, that of Jesus Christ; to begin a way to announce him in the midst of the world and to always be witnesses of the Mission. At various moments of the ceremony the ordinands had in mind his formator, the recently deceased Jesuit Nacho Boné. As in the final and joint thanksgiving pronounced by Roberto, where he also thanked the Lord for the gift of vocation and all the Jesuit companions for accompanying them on their journey, those present, and those who preceded them. See photos in this album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDQq7ut
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.