The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome


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  • To build bridges between the rich and the poor, and establish advocacy links... (GC 35, # 3.28)

  • South Asian Conference Social Coordinators 2012

  • Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature (Pope Francis, 2013)

  • 'Friends of the Lord' means 'Friends with the poor'(GC 34, # 2.9)

  • Move beyond doubts and indifference to take responsibility for our home, the Earth (GC 35, # 3.31)

  • To respond today to pressing needs of our complex and fragile world, many hands are surely needed (GC 35, # 6.30)

  • To discover new horizons and to reach new social, cultural and religious frontiers... (GC 35, # 1.6)

  • Asia Pacific Conference Social Apostolate gathering 2013

  • Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce (Pedro Arrupe SJ, 1973)


Walking and Working with the Excluded

Benny Chiramel, SJ (KER)

The fisher people of Thiruvananthapuram have been historically excluded as an outcaste with a host of attendant vulnerabilities like debased identity that makes them powerless to be part of rights-based social action; landlessness leading to poor, unsafe, and unhealthy living conditions; illiteracy denying access to the resources available to the mainstream society; deteriorating quality of education in public schools excluding them from higher education; over-dependence on fisheries owing to lack of access to alternative livelihoods; increasing alcoholism that gives rise to frequent incidents of domestic violence; ineffective public distribution system and tsunami-like disaster-prone livin...

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