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Westminster Justice and Peace "disappointed" by US environment backtracking

Westminster J&P cycled to the Paris climate talks

The Westminster Justice and Peace Commission is deeply disappointed by the actions of President Trump regarding energy and climate change, which cuts across all the endeavours of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church towards a new way of caring for creation.

On 29 March 2017 Donald Trump signed legislation - an Energy Independence Executive Order - which has undermined all Barack O...

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Campaigners urge Theresa May not to abandon lone child refugees + PETITION

image - Caritas Europa

Charities and groups working with unaccompanied child refugees have expressed grave concern after the government announced yesterday that it cancelled plans to bring 3,000 children to the UK. Phil Kerton, from Seeking Sanctuary, which works with Secours Catholique in Calais offering food, clothing and basic medical help to refugees, appealed for "individuals and faith groups to sp...

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Westminster J&P statement on President Trump and environment + petition

The Westminster Justice and Peace Commission have issued the following statement today

As Donald Trump takes up office as the President of the United States of America, we in Justice and Peace wish to flag up our concerns for global action on climate.

While both scientists and Pope Francis are calling for dramatic action against the climate crisis, it is most alarming to ...

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Is the Calais camp really closed?

Br Johannes, Marie-Christine and Fr Joe with the cross and crescent from the demolish church and mosque

Justice and Peace Visit to Calais November 3rd and 4th 2016 "Migrants have gravitated to the North French coast for the last 17 years," we were told, on our Justice and Peace visit to France on 3rd-4th November. "And we will wait just a few weeks for them to start drifting back to seek access to the UK all over again." This is the background to the highly publicised Jungle ...

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Westminster parishes study Laudato Si

Gathering in Hitchen

About 40 parishes were represented at three Laudato Si Autumn Gatherings across the diocese. Based in Hitchin, Chiswick and Kensington respectively they attracted parishioners throughout the diocese as well as Anglicans from Hampton Hill, Methodists from Acton and a LiveSimply representative from Petts Wood in the Southwark diocese.

The days were organised by Westminster Justice and Peac...

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'Laudato Si' and Care for Creation Day in Westminster

Participants at the day

Fifteen Catholic parishes of Westminster Archdiocese were represented at a 'Laudato Si' and Care for Creation' event in Chiswick, West London, on Saturday. They ranged from Harpenden in Hertfordshire to Osterley in West London to West Green in North London. The URC Methodist Church in Acton and the Anglican parish at Hampton Hill were also present.

The day was organised by Westminster J...

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Laudato Si Days in Westminster Archdiocese

Laudato Si'

Two events are to be held to discuss the local and global effects of climate change, the message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si', and practical ways for Catholics to get involved.

'Laudato Si and Care for Creation- where next?' is the title of days to be held at Our Lady of Grace and St Edward in Chiswick on 1 October, 10am-1pm, and Our Lady of Victories in Kensington on 15 October 10.30a...

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Christian groups respond to Chilcott Report

London, 15 February 2003

Christian peace campaigners have welcomed the release of the Chilcot Report into the 2003 war on Iraq, which directly cause the deaths of many thousands of people and destabilised the region - leading to the deaths of millions and conflicts continuing today.

The report states: " We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament h...

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Westminster: Congratulations Barbara Kentish!

l-r: Fr Joe Ryan, Barbara Kentish, Bishop Nicholas Hudson

Bishop Nicholas Hudson joined representatives from many Catholic organisations and parishes for a celebration at St John Vianney's Church Church in West Green, north London, last night, to thank Barbara Kentish for ten years co-ordinating the work of Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace.

During that time Barbara has helped organise numerous campaigns and events across the diocese, from ...

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Cardinal calls for 'a change of heart in our society' at Migrants Mass

Procession of banners

More than 2,000 Catholic migrants living and working in London brought colour and international music to a special Mass for Migrants at Westminster Cathedral on Monday 2 May. The principal celebrant this year was Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

In his homily Cardinal Nichols deplored "reports of sadness, dismay, frustration, anger, rejection and humiliation from Iraq...

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Caritas Westminster, Justice & Peace visit Calais refugee camp

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'Did you see anything extraordinary on your visit to the Refugee Camp?' a policeman asked the Westminster diocesan Caritas and Justice and Peace expedition at the Calais UK Border control on Easter Tuesday evening. The question kept us debating and laughing during the short tunnel journey back to the UK (after a two-hour hold-up as hundreds of travellers were asked the same thing).

Nine ...

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Lord Stern speaks on climate change and Laudato Si' at LSE

Conor Gearty, Lord Stern & Anne Power

The LSE Student Catholic Society and the Department of Housing and Communities held an exciting discussion on Thursday 10 March, with renowned environmental economist Lord Nicholas Stern, and Human Rights professor Conor Gearty, who is also a Catholic. The dialogue between these two was chaired by Catholic Anne Power, professor of Social Policy and head of the Housing and Communities department...

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Westminster Justice and Peace Annual Open Evening

Bishop Nicholas Hudson, Fr Joe Ryan and  Danny Curtin.  For more pictures see ICN's FB page

More than 70 people, including Bishop Nicholas Hudson, attended the annual meeting of Westminster Justice and Peace to share experiences and news over a soup and cheese supper last night (January 27th) at St John Vianney Parish Centre in Wood Green. It turned out to be a lively occasion, as this year a review of diocesan Justice and Peace was included, to canvas views of activists as to how thi...

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Hundreds join solidarity vigil at Finsbury Park Mosque *

Campaigners from St Mellitus, St John Vianney and St Thomas More parishes, Barbara Kentish in centre

More than 200 people, of all faiths and none, gathered for a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque in north London on Friday evening to show their solidarity with the Muslim community, after an attempted arson attack there last week. Police are investigating an incident caught on CCTV in which an individual threw a can of petrol at the building. (There were scorch marks but rain stopped the fire f...

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