Jesuits connect on debt, trade and aid

?Debt and Trade: Time to make the connections? was the title of a major conference organised in September by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin on behalf of the International Jesuit Network for Development. The goal of the conference was to explore the relationship between the chronic debts of developing countries and imbalances in the global trading system. The proceedings of the conference have now been published, and the volume is to be launched as part of the activities of the Jesuit delegation organised by the British Jesuit Missions at the G8 rally in Scotland in early July. Contact: Eugene Quinn, Director of Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice eugeneq@cfj.ie As part of their mobilisation in favour of the Make Poverty History Campaign, British Jesuits managed to arrange a brief meeting with Josi Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, in London, on 20th May. The meeting was attended by Fr Frank Turner SJ, representing the Jesuits, and Alison Marshall from CAFOD. During the meeting, Mr Barroso had a frank and open discussion about aid, trade and development. He was presented with a special book of photographs taken on the Jesuit Day of Prayer and Action held earlier that week and letters written by Jesuit parishioners and children who attend Jesuit schools and colleges throughout Britain. Mr Barroso said he was ?really impressed and touched? by the album, promising he would ?definitely read it closely?. [HL50505] Contact: Ben Ramsden, British Jesuit Missions ben.ramsden@jesuitmissions.org.uk