Justice, Peace & Environment

Advent Declaration for Fossil Free Churches

Could your church join with other local churches and religious communities across the UK in making a commitment to divest from fossil fuels? In doing so, you can support the campaign for UK Churches to divest at a national level.

If your church has existing fossil fuel investments, this would involve a commitment to divest within five years. Churches without fossil fuel investments (for i...

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CAFOD says rich countries must keep promises on climate change

image: Caritas

As the latest round of United Nations climate talks reach their conclusion, CAFOD says countries have made progress on some aspects of a plan to tackle climate change, but still have significant work to do when they meet again in a year's time. Nearly 200 countries met in Bonn, Germany, for two weeks of talks on how to implement the Paris climate agreement, which was agreed in 2015 a...

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Trafalgar Square: Candlelight vigil for children killed in Holy Land

There will be music, reflections and thousands of Yahrzeit candles lit in Trafalgar Square on Monday evening, 20 November, to remember the thousands of Palestinian and Jewish children killed in the Holy Land through 50 years of Israeli Occupation from 1967- 2017. Thousands of children have been killed or injured in Israel - Palestine in the last 50 years. Since 2000 alone, 1,772 Palestinian chi...

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Pope renews 'urgent call' to COP23 Bonn climate conference

Pope Francis has sent a letter to participants in the COP-23 UN Convention on climate change, taking place in Bonn, Germany on 6-17 November. The letter was sent to Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of the Fiji Islands, which is officially hosting the event, and was read out to COP-23 participants. In the letter Pope Francis congratulates the world leaders present at the COP-23 event ...

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Catholic divestment toolkit launched

A groundbreaking new resource has been released to assist Catholic institutions in making decisions about their investments in fossil fuels. The toolkit, titled "Ethical Investments in an Era of Climate Change," equips church leaders, financial officers, and other decision-makers to assess their investment decisions in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. It is the first global resource of it...

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Eyewitness report from Calais - November 2017

Quiet prayer space at  Catholic Worker House, Calais

Barbara Kentish from Westminster Justice and Peace writes:

On Sunday evening in Calais I was present at an Ethiopian Orthodox community service, at which a 'Calais migrant' officiated for his compatriots. Young men were quiet, prayerful, but sang powerfully their well-known hymns. I was representing Westminster Justice and Peace which has supported the Catholic Worker...

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Shift in Church position on deterrence and possession of nuclear weapons

Pat Gaffney with Pope Francis

It is not often that students, diplomats and Nobel peace laureates from around the world meet to reflect on how, together, we can work for a nuclear free world. This unique gathering was convened by the Dicastery Promoting Integral Human Development in Rome on 10 and 11 November. Pax Christi was a participant.

Pope Francis addressed the gathering in a speech that presented a shift in the ...

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Pope meets COP23 delegation from endangered Pacific islands

Pope Francis on Saturday met the Pacific Island Forum, a delegation of leaders from the Pacific Island states on their way to the COP23 talks in Bonn. The group hope to play a key role in discussions on how to implement the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting carbon emissions and helping to prevent global warming.

During their meeting Pope Francis share his concerns about the impact of rising...

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Vatican calls for integral nuclear disarmament

Cardinal Peter Turkson

The Vatican is calling for integral nuclear disarmament. According to the preliminary conclusions of the high level symposium entitled 'Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament', integral disarmament is both an urgent immediate need and a long-term process. The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underw...

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Lancaster: Talk on Balfour Declaration

Lord Balfour

November 2017 sees the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration in which the British Government promised to create a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. While most Jewish communities around the world will be celebrating the anniversary, Palestinians see it as an historic betrayal of their rights, the implications of which are still being played out today. Robert Cohen is a leading ...

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CAAT urges UK to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the first two years of the bombing of Yemen (April 2015 - April 2017) have now reached £4.6 billion. This amounts to a 170% increase in the value of sales since the bombing began. During the two year period leading up to the bombing (March 2013-March 2015) the UK licensed £1.7 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia.

The increase in sales includes a major ris...

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Christian Aid: Coal phaseout a moral, environmental necessity

Mohamed Adow

Christian Aid welcomed the address from Michael Bloomberg in Bonn yesterday, announcing the financial support to grassroots anti-coal campaigns across Europe.

Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid's International Climate Lead, said: "Coal really is public enemy number one. Not only does it pollute our air and water, it is destroying our chances of keeping our climate healthy. Coal is a fundamental...

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Ecumenical Patriarch: Climate change is arguably greatest crisis humanity has faced'

Ecumenical Patriarch

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has sent the following message on the occasion of the COP meeting in Bonn, Germany, officially presented at an ecumenical service organized by the World Council of Churches today, Sunday, November 12.

He writes: "climate change is arguably the greatest crisis that humanity has faced, yet there is much resistance to any call for change.

Some conti...

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Pope calls for abolition of nuclear weapons

Pope Francis addressed the participants in an international symposium on disarmament and development on Friday. The two-day event has been organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in order to address issues that are critical both in themselves and in the light of the complex political challenges of the current international scene.

In remarks prepared for the pa...

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