Hundreds of students and faculty of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School wore white shirts and lit their candles Friday night, February 24, to show support to the campaign for life, and to demonstrate opposition to death penalty, extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and other forms of social injustice.
The prayer vigil, aptly held at the eve of the 31st year commemoration of EDSA Revolution, was organized by the High School Student Council. It started in the school gym with a lecture-discussion on human rights facilitated in by representatives from Amnesty International, the world’s biggest human rights organization. This was followed by a prayer service, led by the school chaplain Fr. Ruben Orbeta, SJ, that culminated through rosary prayer march, candle lighting rites and community singing at the school rotunda grounds in front of the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
“Today we hold our lighted candles and pray that God will set our hearts on fire to stand for light, to stand for the truth, to stand for justice, and to stand for life,” Fr. Orbeta said, adding, “there is in our land a cry for vengeance and a move to fill up death rows and kill offenders, but disguised as a call for justice; let true and lasting justice spring forth, and let peace prevail.”
A FLEET of student-athletes from Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School will join the Jesuit Athletic Meet 2016 on November 3-8, this time in Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City.
The events and activities, to be held in Matina and Jacinto Campuses of ADDU, include basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, swimming, taekwondo, chess, and table tennis, among others. An estimated 900 secondary and tertiary athletes, coaches, and officials from nine Jesuit schools in the country are to participate in the biennial competition.
Aside from ADI-SMCS and ADDU, other participating schools are: Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Loyola College of Culion – Palawan, Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Xavier School–San Juan Greenhills, and Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan. (Joan Tenorio and Herman Lagon)
The 36th General Congregation has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela as Superior General. Father Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948. Until his election, Father Sosa has been Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l’Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l’Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French.