Justice, Peace & Environment

News on Laudatio Si, NJPN, Christian environmental groups, initiatives such as Green Christian, peace movements such as Pax Christi & Christian CND, and statements on JPIC from the Pope, the Vatican, and dioceses.


Amazonia Synod 8: Columban ecological work in Pakistan

Liam O'Callaghan is an Irish Columban priest who is the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Coordinator in Pakistan. Here he talks about ecological work in Pakistan in the context of the Amazonia Synod of October 2019.

A Synod is a special time for the Church as People of God to walk together and share with respect and freedom on a major issue. A Synod of Bis...

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Booking: London day conference - 'Save the Earth, Abolish War'

A day conference: 'Save the Earth, Abolish War' will take place on Saturday 29th June from 9.30am to 5pm in Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

A conference examining the theme of militarism and the environment; in particular how military activities contribute to climate change, and how climate change causes conflict will take place in Hamilton House, London on Sa...

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Church aid agencies comment on UK zero emissions target

Coal plant Neideraussem - image Greenpeace

The UK is to set a legally binding target to end its contribution to climate change by 2050, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. CAFOD and Christian Aid have both welcomed the news - with reservations.

Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy at CAFOD, said: "This commitment is one of the most important any government could make. In the face of some dark clouds internationally, putting thi...

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Pax Christi Reflection for Pentecost Sunday

Feeling a presence that disturbs -

Gifts are often unexpected and surprising. On Pentecost day, the birthday of the church, the gift of the Holy Spirit is given to the followers of Jesus gathered in the upper room. The Spirit comes as wind and fire: powerful elements that bring the curse of Babel to an end. Language is no longer a marker of identity, or a source of division. Instead it b...

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Christian Aid calls UK Government to adopt Overseas Loan Transparency Act

Christian Aid has welcomed the UK Labour party's announcement of plans for an Overseas Loan Transparency Act which will establish a new compulsory register of overseas loans.

The proposed new Act would require all lenders from the UK to disclose loans to foreign governments, and was announced yesterday ahead of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting this weekend.

Christian Aid's Head of ...

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Nun, midwife, students deliver 750,000-strong climate change petitions to Number 10

Petitions from nearly three-quarters of a million people calling for urgent action on climate change in line with science have been delivered to Downing Street.

The petitions - presented on Friday 31 May by a group which included a nun, a secondary school student, a midwife and a community activist - have been signed by almost 750,000 supporters of environment and development organisation...

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CAAT: Theresa May must use Trump visit to seek peace in Yemen, stop march to war with Iran

image: http://theirworld.org/places/yemen

As US President, Donald Trump, arrived in the UK this morning for a state visit, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) said in a statement: 'One issue that should be on the agenda is the crisis in Yemen. Over the last four years, Saudi Arabian-led forces have waged a brutal bombardment on Yemen, which US-made and UK-made weapons have played a central role in.

'Last month the Trump ad...

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Amazonia Synod 7: Laudato Si and the Synod on the Amazon

image: Colin McLean

Recently, I attended an interfaith service to commemorate the deaths of six immigrant children from Central America who had died in US custody during the past year after crossing the US-Mexico border with their families seeking asylum. We were reminded by Juanita Cabrera Lopez, Executive Director of Mayan League, who spoke at the vigil, that five of the children came from indigenous Guatemalan ...

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Booking open for NJPN Conference: 'Forgotten People, Forgotten Places'

Garden at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick

Pope Francis calls us to be 'a Church which is poor and for the poor'. For the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) this means to be with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face. The NJPN Conference 2019 is working with Church Action on Poverty, which is undertaking a three-year project to challenge the Churches about where ...

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Ireland: Dr Lorna Gold to lead first climate strike at Dalgan Park, Co Meath

Dr Lorna Gold

#FridaysforFuture striker, Dr Lorna Gold will lead the first climate strike at Dalgan Park on Friday 31st May 2019 at 3.30pm.

The climate activist, who began the climate strikes outside the Dáil last winter, is in Dalgan to present the 2019 Columban Schools Journalism awards which were themed 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Dr Gold will present the prizes to students who are tra...

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CARJ celebrates 35th anniversary with booklet

The Catholic Association For Racial Justice (CARJ) is 35 this year. To mark its Anniversary year, it has published a history of the past ten years, which places its own work in the context of UK society during a period of recession, austerity and Brexit.

The History traces the work with schools, families and young people from marginalised communities, a Traveller Support Network, an Urban...

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European Lawyers in Lesvos win Pax Christi International 2019 Peace Award

Pax Christi International has announcde that the European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL), based in Greece, is the recipient of the 2019 Pax Christi International Peace Award. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels on 26 June.

"European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL) is delighted and honoured to have been chosen to receive the 2019 Pax Christi International Peace Prize," said ELIL's managing dire...

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Pope Francis on climate change: 'Signs are not good'

Pope Francis has told finance ministers they have "the responsibility of working to achieve the goals that your governments have adopted" to combat climate change.

At a meeting yesterday with finance ministers from various countries to discuss Sustainable Development Goals and reflect on 'Climate Change and New Evidence from Science, Engineering, and Policy' organized by the Pontifical Ac...

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Columban newsletter 'The World We Want'

The Summer 2019 issue of the Columban Social Justice newsletter Vocation for Justice is now available. Dated May 2019, it takes the general theme of 'The World We Want', picking up on the link between climate justice and economic justice - two Columban JPIC priorities.

Many countries in the global south continue to face a debt crisis, where debt is leading to human and environmental right...

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