Tropical Cyclone Idai - Jesuit Response

Cyclone Idai: Jesuits Call for “Sympathy Towards Humanity and Creation”

"Disasters such as [Cyclone Idai] need not awaken only our sympathy towards humanity, but also our sympathy towards our planet, to God’s creation itself," said Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, in a statement addressing the devastating impact of Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

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Gerhard Pieper, S.J. | 1978 | Zimbabwe

Father Gerhard Pieper was born on June 27, 1935 in Remscheid, Germany. Trained as a biologist and as a librarian, on December 26, 1978, he was shot and killed at Kangaire, Zimbabwe. Sources:

Bernard Lisson, S.J. | Gregor Richert, S.J. | 1978 | Zimbabwe

Brother Bernard Lisson was born on August 21, 1909 in Wawelno, Poland. Father Gregor Richert was born on May 10, 1930 in Germany. In 1978, Brother Lisson was a 68-year-old mechanic and Father Richert was a 48-year-old parish priest; combined,…