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USA: Catholic peace campaigners lobby Pentagon

Catholic peace protestors lobbied the Pentagon in Washington DC last week to condemn its war budget and on-going preparations for war. They included Irish Columban Father Pat Cunningham who is a missionary in South Korea, along with representatives of the Catholic Workers.

On 8 April, Fr Cunningham and other Columban missionaries joined a peacebus trip to Seongju in South Korea, the locat...

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Huge Catholic turnout at Washington Climate March

On Saturday, marking the 100th day of the Trump administration, Catholics joined the wider climate movement for a massive family-friendly march through the streets of Washington, DC and across the country. “We will pray with our feet” they said, “and stand up for all that we love, urging Congress and the Trump administration to take bold action against the injustice of the climate crisis..

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Booking Now: Farm Fest

Farm Fest is an annual music festival hosted at The Catholic Worker Farm in West Hyde, Hertforshire with back to back musicians performing rock, country, folk, gospel, classical and world music.

There will be food and drinks to buy including barbecue and real ale! The entry fee is £20 for the whole weekend or £8 for day entry. There will be camping space available so bring your tent! Th...

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London: Ash Wednesday witness against nuclear war preparations

Around 80 people of faith marked the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a procession and prayer vigil outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, London. They lamented the UK Government's possession of weapons of mass destruction and the deadlock in multilateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament internationally.

The participants gathered in Embankment Gardens on a grey and damp ...

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Ash Wednesday peace services in London, Liverpool, Glasgow

1 March, Ash Wednesday tomorrow, sees the 35th year of Christian witness and protest to nuclear war preparations at the Ministry of Defence in London. Similar liturgies and actions will take place in Liverpool city centre and at the Faslane naval base in Scotland.

Seventy-two years since the first use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is in an ever more fragile state...

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Seeking Sanctuary - update on Calais refugees

Image from the demolish Jungle Eritrean Church

Phil Kerton and Ben Bano from Seeking Sanctuary send this latest report on the situation in Calais.

We have both made recent trips to deliver much-needed goods collected by a number of Church Communities. A very generous donation from a church in North London enabled Ben to distribute €1,000 to Secours Catholique and to the Catholic Worker House which is doing such vital wo...

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London: Pax Christi Advent Peace Service + readings

Julie McCann, 3rd right with musicians from St Leonard's,  Streatham

The annual Pax Christi Advent Peace Service and Fair was held at St Aloysius Church in Euston last night. Coming at the end of a year which has seen an upsurge in conflicts around the world and a huge influx of refugees fleeing warzones, this popular service, with its clear focus on the peacemaking message of Advent, felt particularly poignant. The service was led by Pad G...

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London: Pax Christi Advent Peace Service and Fair

Bethlehem Wall, St James Piccadilly 2014

The Pax Christi Advent Peace Service and Fair takes place next Tuesday 6 December at 7pm in St Aloysius Church, Phoenix Road, Euston. This popular service, with its clear focus on the peacemaking message of Advent, will include prayers and readings for refugees, the people of Palestine and Israel and for women peacemakers.

The service is followed by an alternative Christmas ma...

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Calais: A new chapter starts

I set off to drive to Dover on the last day of November to make my first visit to Calais since the destruction of the 'Jungle' camp. The temperature was permanently below zero as I headed East along the A2 and M2, with the blinding morning sun ahead of me. I had already packed goods from a variety donors into the car and met up with Ben and his son to add an even larger quantity principally col...

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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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'Only friends who haven't yet met' - Refugees Day in London

JRS speaker at the conference

On 2nd October, 47 Anglican and Catholic religious, associates and third order members gathered at

Notre Dame de France refugee centre in London for the JPIC (Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation) Links networking day.

Taking the quote by WB Yeats, 'There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't yet met' as the title of the day, we heard from two speakers from organi...

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Mother Teresa and Dorothy Day

Reflections on the shared mission of The Catholic Workers and The Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa once invited Dorothy Day to speak to her novices on the occasion of Dorothy's visit to Calcutta in 1970. Jerry Daoust wrote in Godspy.com on 27 March 2008. Eileen Eagan, who was traveling with Dorothy, tells of the novices' reaction to Dorothy:

". . . I saw their eyes widen a...

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Text: Jenny Sinclair at NJPN conference: Building the Common Good: Our Responsibility

Jenny Sinclair, from Together for the Common Good, gave the following address at the National Justice and Peace Conference in Swanwick on Saturday, 16 July 2016.

The conference, entitled: Justice, Power and Responsibility: How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good? It asked: How do we get communities, politics and business working together for the common good? Wha...

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Calls for a new approach to politics at NJPN conference

Panel discussion l-r: Cllr Theresa Byrne, Simon Barrow, Fr Martin Newell, and  Pat Gaffney

Around 300 participants gathered at Swanwick this weekend for the National Justice and Peace Network's annual conference. The theme: 'Justice, Power and Responsibility; How Can Democracy Work for the Common Good?' had been chosen two years ago, but could not have been more relevant - given recent events. The main speakers were: Jon Cruddas Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham , Jenny ...

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