The Jesuits call on Prime Minister Trudeau to protect Honduran activists

Jesuit superiors in Canada are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government to urge Honduran authorities to protect the security of human rights and environmental activists in Honduras. Jesuit Fathers Jean-Marc Biron and Peter Bisson, provincials of the French and English Canada Jesuits, wrote to Trudeau after a recent visit by Honduran human rights activist Padre Melo. Read their letter in English or French. For more details, visit the Jesuit news page here

An editorial was also recently written in the Toronto Star in response to Padre Melo's visit, urging Ottawa to make mining companies more accountable. You can read the article here.  


Honduran Jesuit speaks out in Toronto

Our friends at Canadian Jesuits International recently hosted an inspiring talk with Honduran activist Padre Melo, who is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop turning a blind eye to human rights abuses by Canadian mining companies in Honduras. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Jesuit Forum, was featured in a Toronto Star article by foreign affairs writer Marina Jimenez.
Click here to link to the article. 

Photo credit: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star

"On care for our common home: a dialogue guide for laudato si'" is now available!

The Jesuit Forum is pleased to announce that our new resource "On care for our common home: A dialogue guide for Laudato Si'" is now available in French & English from CCCB Publications.

You can access PDF versions of the workbook here in English or French.

Written by Janet Somerville, William F. Ryan sj, Anne O'Brien gsic, and Anne-Marie Jackson, this resource for small group discussion is a colourful guide to Laudato Si’, bringing to life in photos, cartoons and stories this ground-breaking and challenging encyclical from Pope Francis. "On care for our common home: A dialogue guide for Laudato Si’" offers a way to engage in the dialogue the Pope is calling for. It comprises key quotes from the encyclical, exploration of the content and questions for groups to foster deeper engagement.

To order print copies, call CCCB Publications at 1-800-769-1147 or order online here.

Santo Domingo Intercontinental Gathering of Social and International Ministries

The Intercontinental Gathering of Social and International Ministries held this month in the Dominican Republic was an extraordinary meeting bringing together for the first time Jesuits and those working with them from Canada, US, Mexico, Central America and the Antilles.  The working languages were Spanish and English and the lively exchanges on ecology and extractive industries, inequality, violence and migrants were thought provoking and inspiring.  Attached are two personal reflections by attendees Marco Veilleux and Fr. Eduardo Soto Parra, SJ. 

Please read more on the meeting's Facebook page. Those who attended from our province will meet to debrief and plan follow up in mid-May.

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