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The annual JPIC Course is organized by the JPIC Office at the General Curia of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), in partnership with the Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome. We have offered this course for eleven years, with a special focus on the training of new JPIC promoters in the Order. The aim of the annual JPIC Course is to provide training in the analysis of socio-environmental justice and peace issues from a variety of perspectives to participants who will use this material in their JPIC promotion work.

2020 Edition.

The JPIC Course 2020 will be conducted on May 4 – 9 in Manila, the Philippines, with the theme, “JPIC Promotion in the Times of Ecological Crises.” The course is designed according to the proposals of the Plenary Council of the Order 2018; “As individuals, fraternities, Entities and as an international Order, (we propose) to make a clear and radical option for the lifestyle indicated by Laudato si’, authentically living out our charism and embarking on a journey of ecological conversion (189). It is important that we make our own contribution in translating Laudato si’ from an encyclical to something that influences our life and preaching, from a written document to a lived document (159). The Friars Minor want to bring about the vision of Laudato si’ through networking and collaborating with other groups, organizations, specialists and social movements (157).

Engaging with young people means using languages and communication methods that reach them even within the digital world of social media (149).” It consists of various formats and elements, not only lectures but also audio-visual tools, panel discussions and workshops. It will offer an opportunity to learn about the urgent global issues, such as climate crisis and exploitation of the mining industry, and how to build together a collective action as Franciscans toward environmental justice for the Creation.

We hope to see many brothers and sisters in the region, especially the OFM JPIC Animators of EAC and SAAOC, at this gathering for JPIC promotion. If you want to participate in the course, please register yourself or inquire for more information either to the JPIC Office of the General Curia (pax@ofm.org) or JPIC Coordinator of the East Asian Conference, Br. Angelito Andig Cortez, OFM (ofmjpic.eac@gmail.com).


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The annual International JPIC Course was held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 9th to 16th April by the JPIC General Office with the collaboration of the Province of St. Francis and Santiago. This year’s theme is “Migration: Causes, Walls, and Franciscan Perspectives.” Thirteen experts on the issue, including Br. Martín Carbajo, OFM, Br. Juan Rendón, OFM and Br. Tomás González, OFM, were invited to share their expertise and experiences with 57 participants (41 friars and 12 secular Franciscans). The Course covered the issue of migration in depth with the multi-dimensional (historical, socio-political, cultural, and economic) analysis as well as the exposure to refugee shelter homes. To name some of the expositions, “The Unfair Distribution of Wealth: Social Inequality,” and “Physical and Symbolic Walls: Prejudice, Xenophobia, Fear, and Discrimination.”