Justice, Peace & Environment

'Laudato Si’ is centrestage in life of Church'

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“Laudato Si’ is centrestage in the life of the Catholic Church” says a Columban priest and CAFOD partner who will be speaking at the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales annual conference 21-23 July. The theme next weekend is, ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis’. Around 260 people will be attending.


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Pope urges government to take lead in protecting environment

Respect, responsibility and relationship are the three themes highlighted by Pope Francis in a message addressed to the “Laudato Sì &andBig Cities” conference taking place in Rio de Janeiro. The three-day event is organized by the 'Antoni Gaudí Foundation for Big Cities' that aims to contribute to the humanization of large urban centres in a world in which a growing 52% of the ...

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Pope Francis endorses 'Laudato Sì Pledge campaign'

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Following the second anniversary of the publication of his encyclical 'Laudato Sì – On Care of our Common Home', Pope Francis has endorsed a pledge campaign that aims to mobilize at least one million people to directly engage in turning the encyclical’s message into action.

Organized and promoted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the pledge calls on those who sign to answer th...

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Ooberfuse inspire Greenwich students to act on climate change

Ooberfuse in concert

Critically acclaimed electric pop duo Ooberfuse have held a workshop for pupils at St Ursula’s Convent school, Greenwich, to encourage them to think about the importance of renewable energy. The duo, who live in Woolwich, ran four sessions for students in Year Eight and Nine. Pupils began by learning about Power to Be, the aid agency CAFOD’s latest campaign on the importance of ...

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England & Scotland: Two key events for Christian peacemakers

Two key events take place this weekend that celebrate and affirm the place of faith, nonviolence and resistance in Christian peacemaking. Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence is a conference to be held in Perth, Scotland, exploring the outcomes of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, Rome 2016, gathering on nonviolence and just peace. To explore and deepen the themes participants will hear...

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Northampton: Schools gather at St Paul’s for Faith in Action Day

Students model sunglasses from their delegate packs

Young people from around the region gathered at St Paul's Catholic School for the first Northampton Diocesan Faith in Action Day. Year 9 and 10 students from Thornton College in Thornton, St Thomas Becket in Northampton, St Thomas More in Bedford and Cardinal Newman in Luton joined pupils from St Paul’s Catholic School in Milton Keynes, to explore how, as Christians, we put our faith into ac...

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Bishop sends message of support to new non-violent direct action peace group

More than fifty Christians, who will be pledging to take nonviolent direct action for the sake of justice and peace, have gained the support of Thomas McMahon, Bishop Emeritus of Brentwood.

The activists, of all denominations and from all parts of the country, campaign on issues of justice, peace and climate change, and say they are prepared to take nonviolent direct action, risking arres...

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Churches worldwide welcome treaty banning nuclear weapons


Nuclear weapons have always been seen as deeply immoral. Now, after years of work, 122 governments out of 192 have adopted a treaty that makes them completely illegal. The 7 July decision at the United Nations bans the manufacture, possession and use of nuclear weapons and provides pathways for their eventual elimination. World Council of Churches’ members are among the many groups and gover...

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European and US bishops call for elimination of nuclear weapons globally

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, president of Justice and Peace Europe, and Bishop Oscar Cantú, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued today a declaration arguing for “the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” Entitled 'Nuclear Disarmament: Seeking Human Security,' the declaration was issued to coincide with the conclusion of a meeti...

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Anti-nuclear campaigners heading for Clyde bases protest

On July 8th people from across Europe will join UK campaigners for a week of peaceful direct action1 organised by Trident Ploughshares against the UK's nuclear weapon bases on the Clyde to share their concern that the threat posed by the nuclear-armed states, including the UK, is a threat directed at the whole world. Dominique Lalanne, a nuclear physicist and chair of Abolition of Nu...

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Thousands meeting MPs in climate change ‘week of action’

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry with some campaigners

Thousands of people across the country are meeting MPs following the general election to keep climate change on a Brexit-dominated agenda.

More than 150 events this week are being organised by supporters of The Climate Coalition, a group of 130 organisations representing around 15 million people. The events, which range from tea and cake parties in wetlands and tours of sustainable woodya...

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CPT Reflection: Grief is part of Christian peacemaking

Sarah, Michael and Jonathan Brenneman

Michael J Sharp was a close friend. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) he was a Mennonite witness, scholar and peacemaker. Over five years, first with Mennonite Central Committee and then with the United Nations (UN) group of experts, he cultivated relationships of trust and respect with people who were experiencing dreadful violence, exploitation because of government corruption, an...

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‘Speak Up’ Week of Action on Climate Change

On 1-9 July, a ‘Speak Up’ Week of Action will be taking place across the UK. Speak Up week is an opportunity for everyone to meet with their local MP to encourage them to champion positive solutions to climate change. The week is organised by the Climate Coalition, and as part of the week, hundreds of people have arranged to meet with their MP to discuss the important issues aro...

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National Justice and Peace Network speaks out against fracking

The National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN) has joined with the Climate Coalition, in which it has members in common such as CAFOD and Columban missionaries, in refusing to support shale gas extraction in the UK. It has issued a Fracking Briefing which supports the Climate Coalition in saying: “The government has failed to demonstrate convincingly that fracking will not...

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