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Inter-religious dialogue

100brunmosaicAn important part of the Jesuit Mission is living together with people from different faiths and finding ways of working on critical issues that face the community. The Second Vatican Council, which helped significantly modernise the church, called on all Catholics to "acknowledge, preserve and promote the spiritual and moral goods found in other religions, and the values in their society and culture," as a way to "join hands with them to work towards a world of peace, liberty, social justice and moral values."

Such dialogue is often spearheaded in the midst of extreme social conflict as we unfortunately see on the continent of Africa. Jesuit intervention seeks to reverse the cycles of violence and retribution entangled in religion, ethnicity, or other forms of group identity. In any social context, this is a deeply spiritual as well as social especially in Africa where religion plays such an important part of everyday life.

Interfaith dialogue involves understanding what God might be saying through other religious traditions. For a few Jesuits, dialogue means theological exchange. It demands not just face-to-face debate but a life of study and constant reflection on what God may be saying through these other religious traditions

In this and many other ways, Jesuits are seeking to multiply sparks of hope for God's "greater glory."

What does this mean specifically in Africa?

  • Working closely with representatives and members of other faiths so that they better understand Christianity and we understand them.
  • Providing services to members of other faiths so that they are drawn closer and understand the key message of Christian compassion.
  • Creating forums, through our Peace institutes where areas of tension and cooperation can be discussed.

News and Events

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April 28, 2017

ITCJ Abidjan Diaconate Ordination

ITCJ Abidjan Diaconate Ordination

"HOW WONDERFUL ARE YOUR DEEDS OH LORD MY SOUL KNOWS IT WELL" By Peter Mvondo, SJ - ITCJ-Abidjan April 22, 2017&... Read more

April 27, 2017

Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

26 April, 2017 Fr Matthew SJ- SAF A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, say... Read more

April 27, 2017

Asie: Le Provincial de la PAO promeut l’universalité jésuite

Asie: Le Provincial de la PAO promeut l’universalité jésuite

avril 26, 2017  Jean Amegble, SJ       (Le Provincial de la PAO avec des étudiants en Asie)Le Père... Read more

April 27, 2017

Day 3: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Day 3: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga SJ - RWBIn the morning of this Wednesday, 26th April, the fathers at the... Read more

April 26, 2017

Day 2: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Day 2: JESAM Meeting in Rwanda-Burundi Region

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga - RWB The JESAM annual meeting entered its second day. Rev. Fr. John Da... Read more

April 26, 2017

Keep Silveira House relevant; respond to the changing times and needs: Fr Chimhanda SJ

Keep Silveira House relevant; respond to the changing times and needs: Fr Chimhanda SJ

Fr Chiedza Chimhanda SJ, the Provincial of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province, has challenged Silveira House to respond to... Read more

April 25, 2017

JESAM Meeting

JESAM Meeting

Monday, 24th April 2017 By Fr. Patrice Ndayisenga SJ - RWB The annual meeting of the Jesuit Superiors of Africa a... Read more

April 24, 2017

Father General's First Visit to Africa, RWB

Father General's First Visit to Africa, RWB

Kigali 2017 - Sunday, 23rd April 2017 By Patrice Ndayisenga, SJ, Rwanda-Burundi Region Father General, Arturo Sos... Read more

April 19, 2017

From HIPSIR

Interreligious Dialogue and Scholarly Dialo-Praxis on Countering Violent Religious Extremism Hekima Institute of Peace ... Read more

Featured Articles

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January 21, 2016

Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – This update originally appeared on the JRS International website. Yesterday, Pope Franc... Read more

January 20, 2016

South Sudan: from Lost Boys to leaders

JRS Eastern Africa Juba, 8 January 2016 In the late 1980's and early 1990's, more than 20,000 boys and girls who fled S... Read more

April 17, 2015

Ongwen’s Surrender and its Implications for Reconciliation in Northern Uganda

By Magara Ibrahim Sakawa- Extract from the Peace Dialogue HIPSIR Since 1989,Northern Uganda has suffered from armed con... Read more

April 13, 2015

Web launching of edujesuit.org

Web launching of edujesuit.org The Society of Jesus and the right to education for everyone: Madrid (Spain), April... Read more

March 11, 2015

JRS: Ethiopia: Photos from Mai Aini refugee camp

Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia is home to more than 18,000 refugees from neighboring Eritrea. (Images from C... Read more

March 11, 2015

Jesuits Martyrs in Africa

Jesuits have a tradition of working in some of the most dangerous places and in Africa they can be very often be found i... Read more

March 11, 2015

Aids in Africa: An overview by AJAN

On 5 June 2011, the world marked an unhappy anniversary: 30 years since the first diagnosed case of what would later bec... Read more

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