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Laudato Si' and the COP22 Seminar in Rome
Laudato Si' and the COP22 Seminar in Rome

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), represented by its global coordinator Tomás Insua, was delighted to participate in the recent seminar "Laudato Si' and the Path to COP22" with the presence of the Holy Father Pope Francis, Convened by Cardinal Turkson and Bishop Sánchez Sorondo at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Conservative Party Conference: Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness
Conservative Party Conference: Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness

A 'Solidarity with Refugees' Walk of Witness will take place in Birmingham this Sunday (2 October) to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference. Walkers will include Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, who will bless those present and speak of the need to Welcome the Stranger in this Year of Mercy. Fr Peter Hughes, Director of the Columbans in Britain, will be amongst the Columban missionaries' contingent.

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Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, September newsletter
Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility, September newsletter

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) offers a monthly round-up of news from the Churches and other sources in the areas of economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. The September newsletter highlights Good Money Week - formerly National Ethical Investment Week - October 30th - November 5th.

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NJPN North West Justice & Peace E-Bulletin October 2016
NJPN North West Justice & Peace E-Bulletin October 2016

The closure of Progressio, a report on London's 'Refugees Welcome' march on 17 September, and concern by the Caritas Social Action Network over proposals to construct a four-metre high concrete border wall at Calais, all feature in the October bulletin of the National Justice and Peace Network North-West region.

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Latest news of Calais Jungle from 'Seeking Sanctuary'
Latest news of Calais Jungle from 'Seeking Sanctuary'

The main informal ("Jungle") camp in Calais is now scheduled to be removed during October, but the people will still be in need somewhere in France. In addition, about 2000 may remain for a while in official shelters in Calais and certainly about 1500 more in the Grande Synthe camp near Dunkirk, not to mention those who "fade away" locally.

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2016 Interfaith Climate Symposium Report
2016 Interfaith Climate Symposium Report

Operation Noah, an ecumenical Christian charity focusing on Climate Change, was one of many Christian groups taking part in the 2016 Interfaith Climate Symposium on 21 September in London. Ruth Jarman of Operation Noah's Board reports on the event: "Nearly everyone working in this area agrees that climate change is a spiritual issue," said Bishop Nicholas Holtam, the lead Anglican bishop on the environment, in the first talk at the Interfaith Climate Symposium. The aim of the event was to enable and encourage faith groups to work together on climate change.

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Campaigners welcome Austria's UN call for nuclear weapons ban
Campaigners welcome Austria's UN call for nuclear weapons ban

Peace campaigners have welcomed Austria's UN General Assembly resolution to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Austria's foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Wednesday that his country would join other UN member states in tabling a resolution next month to convene negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons in 2017. Speaking in the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in New York, he said that "experience shows that the first step to eliminate weapons of mass destruction is to prohibit

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Westminster meeting focuses on Israel's brutal treatment of Palestinian children
Westminster meeting focuses on Israel's brutal treatment of Palestinian children

The daily life of children in the Holy Land under occupation by the Israeli military forces in Israel was shown in a moving film at an event on Tuesday given by Westminster and Bayswater Group of Amnesty International. The plight of one little boy, Saleh, illustrated the trauma of a whole generation of youngsters in fear of imprisonment and harassment, when he declared: "I feel nothing." Victoria Brittain, of Action 4 Children in Palestine, was joined by Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC, from Independent Jewish Voices, and Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi to describe

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Worldwide prayers for those affected by climate change in Pacific
Worldwide prayers for those affected by climate change in Pacific

Faith-based communities from the Pacific region and around the world organised prayers for Pacific Islanders whose homes have been adversely affected by climate change. More than one hundred events took place over the past two weeks as part of the campaign #PrayForOurPacific. Small island countries in the Pacific are already dealing with the need to relocate human settlements as sea levels rise and intense storms increase in the region due to climate change. The Pacific Climate Warriors, a network of young Pacific Islanders

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Northeast Catholics  brave Holy Island tides to raise awareness of refugee crisis
Northeast Catholics brave Holy Island tides to raise awareness of refugee crisis

More than 100 Catholics from across the north east came together on Saturday 10 September to brave the North Sea and walk to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, holding a cross hand-carved from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats. Parishioners from as far as Lancaster and Leeds came to walk the route and reflect on the refugee crisis and Catholic aid agency CAFOD's Refugee Appeal. The handmade crosses were carved by an Italian carpenter Francesco Tuccio in Lampedusa, from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats

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Pax Christi supports World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
Pax Christi supports World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

Today, Wednesday 21 September, the International Day of Peace, Pax Christi member organisation in Palestine, the Arab Educational Institute (AEI), will be hanging two posters commemorating the 70th anniversary conference of Pax Christi International which took place in Bethlehem in May 2015. Pax Christi member organisations and individual members around the world are encouraged to download the posters and observe the day by praying in solidarity with the AEI. This week, 18-24 September, is the World Week for

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Pope warns against deafening silence of indifference to victims of war
Pope warns against deafening silence of indifference to victims of war

Pope Francis has warned humanity against "the deafening silence of indifference and selfishness" before the cry of those who live under the threat of bombs and plead for peace. The Holy Father's meditation was delivered during an ecumenical prayer ceremony with representatives of other Christian denominations in the Lower Basilica of St Francis during the closing of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi. The Pope spoke of the 'thirst' of Jesus in which we can "hear the voice of the suffering, the hidden cry of the little innocent ones

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Assisi: Pope Francis arrives for World Day of Prayer for Peace
Assisi: Pope Francis arrives for World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis has landed in Assisi. On his one day visit he will take part in the closing of the interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace, organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio. The theme of the three-day international meeting this year is 'Thirst for Peace. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue'. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the First World Day of Prayer for Peace that St John Paul convened back in 1986, an historic event which saw world leaders of different religions come together for the very first time to pray for peace.

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Pope Francis: War is shameful
Pope Francis: War is shameful

The world needs to go "beyond the divisions of religions," and feel the shame of war, without turning a deaf ear to the cries of those who are suffering - that was the main message from Pope Franci in his homily at Mass at Santa Marta this morning. The Holy Father was speaking just before he was due to leave for Assisi to take part in the closing ceremony of an international summit of interfaith leaders to pray for world peace. The first such gathering in Assisi was convened by Pope St John Paul II in 1986. "There is no god of war ..

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World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel
World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel

The World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel has begun. From 18 - 24 September Churches around the world will hold the people of Palestine and Israel in their prayers, raise awareness about the situation, and campaign for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. This important initiative, started by the World Council of Churches is a great opportunity to get your Church, local community, friends and family involved in campaigning for justice in Palestine and Israel.

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New report shows a million Syrians remain under siege
New report shows a million Syrians remain under siege

More than one million Syrians remain under siege. The recent cease-fire agreement between the United States and Russia can contribute to relief for civilians in Syria, but lifting the sieges and ending the illegal strategy of starvation of one million Syrians should be top priority of the accord. In addition to those still under siege, more than 1.4 million were under threat to become fully besieged, including over 200,000 residents of eastern Aleppo. The Siege Watch: Third Quarterly Report on Besieged Areas in Syria, a joint effort by The Syria Institute

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Jerusalem: NCC/WCC Consultation on Holy Land - final statement
Jerusalem: NCC/WCC Consultation on Holy Land - final statement

No people should be denied their rights and, certainly, no people should be denied their rights for generations. The unresolved conflict in Israel and Palestine is primarily about justice, and until the requirement of justice is met, peace cannot be established. As Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza nears the 50-year mark, generations have been suffering under this reality. The possibilities of a viable two-state solution, for which we have long advocated, are more elusive and, seemingly, more unrealistic than ever.

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London exhibition exposes harsh reality of Israeli border controls
London exhibition exposes harsh reality of Israeli border controls

A London exhibition opening next Monday, will offer a taste of daily life in the Holy Land, as artists are constructing a life-sized copy of a border control point at the separation barrier between Israel and occupied Palestine. Visitors to You cannot pass today: Life through a dividing wall will walk through the checkpoint, installed at Hinde Street Methodist Church in Marylebone, accompanied by documentary photography, sound, testimony and eyewitness accounts.

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London: Refugee service and march
London: Refugee service and march

This month, world leaders meet at two crucial summits to discuss the refugee crisis. This is the biggest opportunity of 2016 to show our government and the world that we care about refugees. A large and varied group of organisations are working together to host a march in central London. Ahead of the march on Saturday 17 September 2016 there will be a short ecumenical service of prayer for refugees organised by CAFOD with support from Christian Aid. The service is from 12pm - 12.45pm at St James', Spanish Place,

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Latin American Church coalition condemns mega mining
Latin American Church coalition condemns mega mining

A cry for the lands lost; a cry for the extraction of riches from the soil which paradoxically has not produced wealth for the local populations, who remain poor; a cry of pain in reaction to violence, threats and corruption; a cry of indignation and for help for the violations of human rights, blatantly or discreetly trampled (Pope Francis to the meeting of communities affected by mining, July 2015) Within the frame of the World Day of Prayer for the Common House, We have gathered in Bogota about 50 religious and laypersons;

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Archbishop McDonald welcomes forthcoming World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi
Archbishop McDonald welcomes forthcoming World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi

"This World Day of Prayer for Peace is taking place thirty years after the first World Day of Prayer for Peace convened by Pope Saint John Paul II on 27th of October 1986. Pope John Paul's initiative in gathering together other Christian leaders and leaders of other religions was without precedent. It was inspired by the world's need for peace - a need that has only become more urgent and more pressing with the passage of time. But as we keep this anniversary it is important that we see it in context. It was not an isolated goodwill gesture; it must

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Pax Christi welcomes truce in Syria, calls for return to negotiations
Pax Christi welcomes truce in Syria, calls for return to negotiations

Pax Christi International has welcomed the recent agreement between Russian and US government on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. The organisation says: "Achieving a durable cessation of hostilities must have absolute priority. The cessation of hostilities could be a first and essential step towards an end to the violent conflict. "The longer the conflict continues, the higher the cost will be for Syrians, but also for the international community. We urge the Russian Federation and the United States, as well as the rest of the international community,

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CSAN voices grave concern over proposal to build border wall at Calais
CSAN voices grave concern over proposal to build border wall at Calais

'CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is deeply concerned by the proposal to build a wall near the Calais refugee camp. We recognise the right of states to secure their borders but we believe that investing more money in security at the port and Channel Tunnel will not provide a long-term solution to the growing problems at Calais. In the past months, the refugee camp in Calais has been growing. An estimated 9,000 people are now living on one meal a day in poor conditions in the camp, hoping to find a way to build their lives again.

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ICAN condemns North Korea's nuclear test, urges global nuclear weapon ban
ICAN condemns North Korea's nuclear test, urges global nuclear weapon ban

North Korea today confirmed that it had conducted its most powerful nuclear test explosion to date, with an estimated yield of 10 kilotonnes, triggering a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) - a coalition of non-government organisations, including Pax Christi, in close to 100 nations - strongly condemned this reckless and destabilizing act, which runs counter to the growing tide of international support for a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

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New York: Pax Christi to mark UN International Peace Day
New York: Pax Christi to mark UN International Peace Day

The UN International Peace Day is both a day for the United Nations to renew its dedication to the pursuit of peace and a Day of Ceasefire, both personally and politically. Rosemarie Pace, Director of Pax Christi Metro New York writes: 'On Sunday, September 18th, PCMNY will observe this important day with prayer and a presentation by Alexandra Hiniker, Pax Netherlands Representative to the UN. 'Her topic, Promoting Just, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies from Grassroots to the UN, will focus on the protection of civilians in Syria, Iraq and South

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