eNewsletter - Dec 2013

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Still looking for that Christmas gift? How about a beautifully written reflection on the beauty of our Christian faith?

'Sibt 'l Alla fid-Deżert' was written by our much loved, late companion Fr Harry Formosa SJ.  Read more

Today, December 17, is the birthday of Pope Francis. He turns 77! This little ebook was prepared by the Internet Services of the Vatican. 

Beautiful pictures and quotes from the speeches of the Holy Father.

A powerful video everyone 
must watch

Sharp, clear and straight to the crucial - a video stemming from the Jesuit Provincials of Europe, and the Middle East and of Africa-Madagascar's stand on forced migration.

A transcription in English is included on the attached web page.

We invite you 
to watch it and share with your family and friends. 

'Don't forget the poor!'

Every year we send out a special appeal at Christmas time, in support of our services to refugees and forcibly displaced people.

Find out how you can help. 

The Joy of the Gospel

The first Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis

The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.

Download the entire document in pdf format

View entire document online

We would like to thank all those of you who responded to our Philippines emergency appeal. All your donations, together with the remarkable efforts of students at St Catherine's High School, amounted to €13,350! The funds have been sent directly to Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) which is a Jesuit-run coordinating network for response to disasters.

Read more, and view the photos we have been sent documenting the damage, reconstuction and Jesuit-led relief efforts there.

A 'New' Jesuit Saint Today!

Gentle Pierre Favre, St Ignatius's first Jesuit companion and a pioneer of ecumenism, proclaimed saint today!

Read more 

Prayer to a powerless Lord...

Jesus, I know you do not need an internet connection to see the atrocities the world sees, the massacre of children and women. Surely it must be similar to what you heard - the stories of massacres in Jesrusalem, like the one committed just after you, a powerless infant, had been born... [read on...]

From A Prayer for Syria 
by Tony Homsi, s.j. 

Donation of 8 computers by The Alfred Mizzi Foundation helps our Paulo Freire Institute hit its campaign target!

Our 2013 campaign to raise funds for our literacy project Iċ-Ċavetta comes to a successful finish thanks to the generosity of so many.

We will now be able to help 1000 adults and young people overcome illiteracy! Thank you!

Read more

Mattia Preti painting restored to its former glory and back in place at Sarria Church, Floriana, thanks to Din l-Art Ħelwa's restoration project marking the 400th anniversary of the artist's birth.

Visit St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, and experience the sacred art there as never before!

The Pietre Vive experiences will be offered again on various dates in 2014. More info.

GREAT NEWS! Clare Azzopardi wins first prize in the 2013 National Book Prize - children's category for JRS' book KIDANE!!!
Read more and download the book in English or Maltese

Upcoming events from the Jesuit Centre of Ignatian Spirituality


Weekend 'retreat' for families
7-9 February (Manresa, Gozo)
7-9 March (Mount St Joseph, Mosta)

Weekend workshop:
Discernment according to the Desert Fathers
21-23 February (Manresa, Gozo)

A retreat in the countryside
7-9 March
Manresa, Gozo 

For more information, 
kindly view our online programme 
for 2013/2014

What do we mean by child poverty?

Is it possible that there is child poverty in Malta?

Take a look at two audio-visual clips produced by the Anti-Poverty Forum Malta.

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has been an active member of this forum for several years and as from November Ms Cynthia Zerafa has been working at the CFJ office coordinating the work of the Anti-Poverty Forum Malta.


Malta Marathon 2014

If you intend applying for the Malta Marathon, half marathon or walkathon in February 2014, how about joining the 'Jesuits & Friends' team? All you have to do is select 'Jesuits & Friends' in the 'Team' drop-down list on the marathon application form, and we'll get in touch with you to let you know how your participation can help raise funds for those in need! More information will be circulated soon.

Christmas Eve 
Liturgical celebrations 
in Jesuit Churches 
in Malta and Gozo

Beyond Santa Claus

Spiritual guide Gordon Vassallo tells us how to harmonise children's persistent demands and desires for material goods with the need to teach them how to thrive socially, intellectually and spiritually, especially in this blessed time.

Feature reproduced from timesofmalta.com

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