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Recent Publications by Jesuits in Africa

JHIA encourages Jesuit authors (especially those in or from Africa and Madagascar) to donate a copy of their publications to the Institute for preservation. The following books reached JHIA recently:

Laudato Si’ Made Simple

Laudato Si Made SimpleLaudato Si’ Made Simple, by Peter Knox SJ, Ingrid Vorner SA, Dominic Irudayaraj SJ, Laurenti Magesa DP, Wilfred Sumani SJ, and Joachim Zoundi SJ (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2017), 32 pages. ISBN: 9966-60-060-0.

The format of this booklet follows that of its precursor—The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity (2016). Chapter by chapter the authors summarize and rephrase Pope Francis’ message so that the main ideas are covered. Then they select some important quotations from the chapter, which the reader might find helpful for starting a conversation with friends or colleagues. At the end of each chapter they propose one or two activities that the reader might like to try out: applying the message to the reader’s own context while alone or in a group discussion, or contemplating the beauty of creation around the reader, or using the reader’s imagination, or exploring a Biblical story more deeply, or trying to understand a complex idea from Catholic Social Thought.

The Way, the Truth and the Life

The Way_the_Truth_and_the_LifeThe Way, the Truth and the Life: A Confluence of Asia, Europe and Africa in Jesus of Nazareth, by Festo Mkenda SJ, Michael Amaladoss SJ, Gerard J. Hughes SJ, Laurenti Magesa, and Diane B. Stinton (Nairobi: Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa, 2017), vi + 194 pages. ISBN: 978-9966-1860-0-3.

Published as a souvenir in honour of Adolfo Nicolás SJ, former Superior General of the Jesuits, this book beautifully explores the different ways the traditions of Asia, Europe and Africa could contribute to a deeper understanding of Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Its point of departure is Nicolás’ severally repeated insight that, while Europe (or, more generally, the West) has placed an emphasis on “the truth,” Asian traditions are profoundly “way” traditions, and those of Africa are profoundly “life” traditions. In Nicholas’ view: What Asia has in abundance, Africa, Europe and the world in general are greatly in need of; what Europe has in abundance, Africa, Asia and the world in general are greatly in need of; and what Africa has in abundance, Asia, Europe and the world in general are greatly in need of. It follows that Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas—in short, each human culture and tradition—has a specific input which the Church must accept “if we want the fullness of Christ to be present” (Nicolás). In the end, we need the perspective of another if we really want to enrich our own knowledge of Christ. With Michael Amaladoss exploring the Asian contribution, Gerard J. Hughes, the Western, and Laurenti Magesa, the African, this book expands Nicolás’ insight to provide “incontestable rationale for the confluence of global epistemic, cultural and religious traditions at the service of a dignifying understanding and practice of spirituality” (A. E. Orobator SJ, President of the Conference of Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar).

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HIV and AIDS in Africa

HIV and AIDS in AfricaHIV and AIDS in Africa: Christian Reflection, Public Health, Social Transformation, edited by Jacquineau Azetsop, S.J. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016), xxiii + 424 pages. ISBN: 978-1-62698-200-0.

A comprehensive look at the HIV and AIDS pandemic in Africa, this important volume features contributions from noted experts from across the continent and also includes contributions from several prominent American scholars. HIV and AIDS both continue to spread in Africa and in some regions have become a threat to the very survival of nations. This book offers a number of perspectives on the crisis—theological, sociological, public health, and more. It is a valuable resource for social analysis and theological reflection from an African perspective. Emmanuel Katongole (University of Notre Dame) has described it as “a must-have and a must-read by every scholar, priest, social worker, pastoral agent, and anyone seeking to understand Africa’s journey of pain and hope, and the faith that sustains that journey.” For Mary N. Getui (Catholic University of Eastern Africa, former chairperson of National AIDS Control Council, Kenya), the book is a “comprehensive, interdisciplinary, rich and mind-jostling…beacon of hope as well as a wakeup call that challenges individuals and institutions within and outside Africa concerning HIV and AIDS on the continent.”

The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity

The Joy of Love Made Simple The Joy of Love Made Simple for Christian Couples, Pastors, Youth and Laity, edited by Wilfred Sumani, S.J. and Peter Knox, S.J. (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2016), 47 pages. ISBN: 9966-60-020-2.

This book is envisaged as a contribution from Hekima University College (Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations) to the pastoral methodology of Amoris Laetitia, and to help the Church in Africa to fully embrace Pope Francis’s methodology. The format of the book is simple: it identifies the core themes, outlines pastoral implications and cites key quotes to assist readers understand and apply the message of the apostolic exhortation. As a pastoral guide, it is intended to be easily accessible, digestible and applicable. The primary target audience is comprised of pastors, Christian couples, youth and lay Christians.

Le Superleadership

le superleadershipLe Superleadership: Par le dépouillement et l’amitié (Jn 3:30), by Wilfrid Kolorunko Okambawa, S.J. (Dakar: Lux Africæ, 2016), 226 pages. ISBN: 979-10-93302-03-4.

At a time of global crisis of leadership, the author believes, every human person is called to be a leader. Yet the true leadership still remains the least shared thing in the world, he argues, because it is dominated by the will of might and the idolatry of power, instead of authority that is placed at the service of the least. Contrary to common opinion, this book examines the declaration of John the Baptist about Jesus—“He must increase and I must decrease” (Jn 3:30)—with a view to establishing and developing leadership by detachment and friendship, which is quite out of the ordinary and which reverses the “values of this world.” That is the leadership that our current world, especially Africa, needs in order to build communities in preparation for the advent of the kingdom of justice, love and peace.

Migration In and Out of Africa

Migration in and out of africaMigration In and Out of Africa: Jesuits Ministry Outlook, edited by Rigobert Minani Bihuzo, S.J. (Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2015), 136 pages. ISBN: 9966-08-966-7.

This book contains a number of essays by Jesuits from Africa and Europe, who reflect on the challenge posed by migration today. They enrich the collection by contextualizing their reflections. The objective of the whole exercise was to share information and experience, consider the particular challenges in different areas of Africa and Europe, define priorities, actions and processes, and establish networks that would facilitate an effective global response. The book itself highlights different aspects of Jesuit work in the field, from solidarity with migrants to research on the structural causes of migration and to advocacy for policy responses to the identified challenges. The book also proposes alternatives to current repressive policies, showing instead that more open policies that recognize basic rights of migrants would be beneficial to all.

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