Europe: Christ among the excluded

Mission Ouvrière ? ?Jesuits in the popular world? is a group of Jesuits who in their life and work share a great deal with, and are particularly sensitive to, the least privileged in our society: not just the low-income working classes, but also the unemployed and the immigrants; men and women who suffer from exploitation, poverty, exclusion. The theme of the 8th European encounter of Mission Ouvrière, that took place in Loyola, Spain, from 3 to 6 August, was particularly relevant to the present situation in Europe: ?Being servants of the mission of Christ amongst the marginalised, excluded and migrants?. Three testimonies, representing the different types of missionary presence in the popular world, opened the discussion, underscoring the potential that the following insertion activities have for the Social Apostolate: a vocational training and integration centre for young people who have been excluded from the labour market in France; a parish-community of insertion in a poor neighbourhood near Lisbon; and Loiolaetxea (Spain), a community of Jesuits and laypeople that welcomes people leaving prison. Participants expressed their concern for the future of a few ?historical? communities of insertion, like the one of Picarral in Saragossa, or of Alza in San Sebastian (Spain), but also greeted the project of creating new communities/peoples? parishes in Portugal. They expressed their wish for a deeper involvement at the service of the social apostolate in their respective provinces. For further information: Ramiro Pàmpols SJ, [email protected]