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At their annual meeting twenty-four representatives of Jesuit mission offices
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Europe expressed their full and
continuing support for Africa. They will give special attention to projects
with AIDS/HIV people and with refugees
.

Since a few years Africa and China are the two regional priorities
proposed by Rev Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Society of
Jesus. At the annual meeting in Drongen, Belgium, 1-3 October 2004, the
representatives of Jesuit mission offices and NGOs in Europe focused their
information sessions and discussions on Africa. They were introduced by
Ambassador Jan Mutton, Belgium’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and Fr
Jean Ilboudo, assistant for Africa at the General Curia in Rome. At present
there are some 1,460 Jesuits in Africa.

Fr Lluis Magriñà, International Director of the
Jesuit Refugee Service, recalled how Jesuits for almost twenty years are
working with refugees and displaced people in Africa. Fr Michael Czerny
presented a quite new kind of Jesuit apostolate initiated over two years ago by
the Jesuit Conference of African Provincials, the African Jesuits AIDS Network (AJAN).
\”This network came into existence because Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar felt
the need to respond as the Society of Jesus to HIV/AIDS. AJAN’s mission is to
encourage and help Jesuits and their colleagues, in the 32 countries of the
continent where the Society of Jesus is present, to fight HIV/AIDS in whatever
ways seem best”, Czerny explained.

The refugee and the HIV/AIDS ministries as well as the more “classical”
missionary activities in Africa may rely on the full and continuing support of
the European Jesuit mission offices and NGOs.

AJANews no. 27 – January 2005
88ENG

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