Justice, Peace & Environment

Westminster J&P Refugee Week statement

The Westminster Justice and Peace Commission have issued this statement of peace and solidarity with victims and survivors of violence in London, the UK and beyond, during Refugee Week 2017.

The Westminster J&P Commission adds its voice to all those who have condemned the violent events of the last few weeks in London including the fire at Grenfell Tower, and to all who have ...

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'A Time for new Dreams' in North Wales

The Catholic Justice and Peace Network invited like-minded people from all over North Wales to come together in Pantasaph Franciscan Friary on Saturday, 17 June.

The title of the event was taken from the last page of a recent book by Ben Okri:


All cultures renew themselves by accepting the challenges of their times, Like the biblical David,

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Christian peace organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban talks

More than 130 countries are continuing negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons entirely. A second round of meetings began in New York on 15 June to draft a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. If approved, this treaty would make it illegal to "develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire" nuclear weapons. The ban treaty is strongly supported by, among others, the International Committee of the Red C...

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Laudato Si’ second anniversary marked internationally

A week of celebrating the second anniversary of Laudato Si’ has been kicked off in the Philippines. The week 18-24 June will mark Pope Francis’ historic encyclical on care for creation and our common home. It challenges us to “hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” through ecological conversion, changes in lifestyle and society, and strong political action.

Cardinal Ta...

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NJPN July Conference to focus on ‘The Challenge of Pope Francis’

The National Justice & Peace Network of England & Wales (NJPN) annual conference will be held 21-23 July and is entitled: ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis.’

It is being organised by NJPN in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network, Vincentians in Partnership, Operation Noah, and Columban JPIC. The venue...

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Laudato Si’ Pledge

Pope Francis’ encyclical was historic. It has transformed our lives and Church, reminding us that we are to incorporate creation and all of our brothers and sisters into our life of faith.To celebrate the encyclical’s 2nd anniversary on Sunday, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is launching a Laudato Si' Pledge to encourage millions of Catholics to join them in this important ministry of...

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Petition World Bank to support renewable energy

CAFOD has launched a petition calling on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to support local, renewable energy that benefits poor communities, so that everyone can achieve their God-given potential.

Veronica, 16, dreams of finishing school and representing the women of her country in Parliament. But with no access to electricity to help her do her homework...

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Prayer Service for migrants and refugees at Westminster

Westminster Justice and Peace Commission has organised a Prayer Service for Refugees and Migrants around the Lampedusa Cross in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 23 June at 6.30pm in a side chapel.

This will be followed by a talk in the Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, behind the Cathedral, at 7.15pm, from Pawel Zabielski. He is TB and Health Services Coordinator at Olallo House, a centre for...

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London: Blessing of endangered riverside trees

On Saturday afternoon, Canon Giles Goddard from St John's Church in Waterloo, blessed the beautiful boulevard of trees on the South Bank, at risk of being destroyed by the construction of a proposed new multi-million pound ’Garden Bridge’ across the Thames. More than 40 parishioners and friends attended the service which included quotes from Pope Francis about the environment and the hymn A...

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New York: Cardinal Turkson, Holy See is committed to protecting oceans

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has issued the full text of his statement to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of the 14th Sustainable Development Goal, which deals with Conserving and Sustainably Using the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.

The full text of Cardinal Turkson’s statement follows bel...

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Bishop John Arnold: Trump's withdrawal from Paris Agreement puts him 'on the wrong side of history'

Bishop John Arnold with CAFOD climate campaigners during lobby of Parliament last October

The Bishop of Salford has criticised President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying the move is an “abdication of responsibility” which will impact upon the world’s poorest people.

In a letter published in The Times newspaper, Bishop John Arnold said that withdrawal from the Paris Agreement “sees Mr Trump positioning himself on t...

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Australian Jesuits divest from fossil fuels on World Environment Day

Australian Provincial Fr Brian McCoy SJ has committed the Australian Jesuits to joining with other organisations around the world in responding to the call to divest from fossil fuels.

"In the light of our commitment to reconciliation with creation, we believe that divestment is an ethical, impactful and valuable opportunity to consider not only for the Australian Province but for all Au...

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Pax Christi thanks parishes supporting Peace Sunday

L-R: Greet Vanaerschot with  Nan Saeki and  Rev Nagase

Pax Christi, at its London AGM on Saturday, warmly thanked parishes in England and Wales who supported Peace Sunday in January, both praying for peace and raising a collection for the UK branch of the international Catholic movement for peace. Half of Pax Christi’s income is from the Peace Sunday collection and it was reported that this is crucial to funding four staff at the Hendon office, a...

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General Election: Where do they stand on sustainable development?

The Environment Group of the NJPN Environment Group has commissioned a document highlighting what the party manifestos have to say about the environment and sustainable development. Titled ‘Laudato Si’ and the Political Party Manifestos 2017’ it was researched and written by Julia Corcoran, the new part-time Columban Justice and Peace Advocacy Worker, who is also a new part-ti...

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