Pope Francis reminds us of our duty to work “… to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter.” (EG 188)
Jesuits have long committed themselves to going beyond meeting the immediate needs of people to advocating for social justice. Fr Ignacio Ellacuria SJ, one of the six Jesuit priests murdered in El Salvador in 1989, encouraged people:
“Open your human heart, your Christian heart, and ask yourselves the three questions Ignatius of Loyola put to himself as he stood in front of the crucified world: What have I done for Christ in this world? What am I doing now? And above all, what should I do? “
Jesuit Missions is supporting the work of Jesuits who are standing by some of the most vulnerable people in the world as they seek their human rights and dignity.
- Find out more about our work in Africa supporting the African Jesuits Aids Network
- Learn more about our work in India with members of the lower castes