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AJANews 126 – January 2014

Central African Republic: Jesuit-run program at university perseveres amid chaos - A Jesuit-led team of young people at the University of Bangui that usually focuses on HIV prevention has kept its doors open despite the extreme violence and political upheaval that have rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) for the past several months... Read more

Central African Republic: Learning to serve better - “Many people fear that getting to know their HIV status is like waking up a lion.” This expressive statement comes from Garlan Andjilio-Gbokossi, a young man who works as a counsellor with the Information, Education and Listening Centre (CIEE) run by the Jesuits at the University of Bangui... Read more

Social media: For better or for worse - In January, Pope Francis declared that the “Internet is a gift from God”, saying it offers “immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity”. However, the Pope warned against the possible dangers of being bombarded with too much information, of spending excessive amounts of time online and of selectively accessing material that bolsters already firmly held views... Read more

AJAN to launch AHAPPY webpage - Pope Francis’ conditional seal of approval of the internet comes as AJAN prepares to launch a webpage for young people as part of its AHAPPY package... Read more

Ireland: Renowned AIDS researcher awarded – again! - Fr Michael J. Kelly SJ, a renowned speaker, writer and researcher on AIDS in Africa, recently received another two awards is his native Ireland... Read more