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.

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24th February to 8th March. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world selling chocolate, coffee, tea, dried fruits, nuts, and other products. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price)...

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Peace groups to mark Ash Wednesday with prayer vigils

2019 MoD vigil

Ash Wednesday on 26 February will be marked by peace campaigners with vigils and prayers in Coventry, Liverpool, Glasgow and London.

In Coventry Pax Christi and friends will gather for a vigil on the Old Cathedral steps at 11.45am.

In Liverpool a service will begin at 12noon in St Luke's, the city's bombed-out-church and continue with a procession through the town centre. In London ...

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Oxford: Blessing ceremony for new Laudato Si Research Centre

The Laudato Si' Research Institute (LSRI) in Oxford recently welcomed members of Campion Hall to a Blessing and Open House event in their new offices situated at Albion House near Campion Hall's main building.

The gathering began with a prayer from the Master of Campion Hall, Fr Nick Austin SJ, followed by a reading from the Associate Director of LSRI, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, and a medit...

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Church in Poland thanks Pope Francis for Querida Amazonia

The president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, has expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis for the Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonía, which, he says, "arose in the heart of your Holiness as the fruit of the dialogue and discernment during the recent General Synod of Bishops on the Amazon".

In a letter to Pope Francis, written on behalf of the "faith...

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Columbans campaign for climate justice with workshop and student rally

Columban Missionaries promoted God's love for creation and Earth on Valentine's day by holding an informative environmental retreat for local school students. Based around Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home, staff from the society's HQ in Solihull also accompanied the students on a student climate march through the streets of Birmingham city centre on Friday, 14 February.

Students ...

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JRS joins call for support for refugees facing destitution

Destitute refugees outside Leicester Square tube station last week

In the wake of a new report showing that newly recognised refugees continue to face destitution in large numbers, JRS UK has joined other organisations in renewing calls for the "move on" period, in which newly recognised refugees can access asylum support, to be extended.

"The costs of destitution: a cost-benefit analysis of extending the move-on period for new refugees" published today ...

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US Bishops support Pope's appeals for nuclear disarmament

Pope lays wreath at Atomic Bomb Epicentre Park in Nagasaki  - November 2019 image Vatican news

The US Bishops have issued a statement requesting their country, as well as other nuclear powers, to work to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear arms; and praising Pope Francis for drawing the world's attention to the issue of nuclear disarmament.

In a statement released on Friday, the US Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called on the US government "to be part of and i...

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CSW to mark second anniversary of Leah Sharibu's abduction

Christian Solidarity Worldwide will mark the second anniversary of the abduction of Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu in Dapchi, Nigeria, by protesting outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on Wednesday 19 February.

Leah Sharibu is one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria, by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Boko Haram in February 2...

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Catholic organisations invited to join global divestment announcement in March 2020

Conference of Religious - image Bernadette Kehoe

The World Council of Churches, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Operation Noah, Green Anglicans and Green Faith are inviting religious and spiritual institutions to commit to divest (disinvest) from fossil fuels and join a global divestment announcement on 26-28 March 2020.

More than 160 Catholic organisations around the world have now made commitments to divest from fossil fuels. In...

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A theological foundation for rejecting possession and use of nuclear weapons

Two weeks ago the Catholic Peacebuilding Network (CPN) hosted a symposium on the Pope and the Bomb at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Archbishop Tomasi and Alessio Pecorario from the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development were present. It was aimed at bringing the Church's absolute rejection of nuclear weapons to the US Catholic community (including the bishops and st...

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Watch: Black Gold. Who benefits from Kenya's oil?

This four minute video explores the issue of the recent discovery of oil in Turkana, Kenya, and who gets to benefit from the oil. It accompanies Trócaire's Post-Primary & Youth Lent resources for 2020.

The film was directed and edited by: Garry Walsh. The executive producer was Áine O'Driscol.

For more information on Trócaire's resources for schools, parish and youth groups, see:...

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Operation Noah welcomes CoE decision to set 2030 net zero target

Operation Noah has welcomed the outcome of the Church of England General Synod debate on the climate emergency and carbon reduction target. General Synod members voted yesterday by 144 votes to 129 to support an amendment from Revd Canon Prof Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, to set a net zero emissions target of 2030.

The motion proposed by the Bishop of Salisbury, ...

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Church of England Synod sets 2030 Net Zero carbon target

Workers install solar panels on church roof

The Church of England's General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon 'net zero' by 2030. At its February 2020 meeting yesterday, members voted in favour of a revised date encouraging all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions.

A motion approved called for urgent steps to examine requiremen...

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Catholic campaigners voice concern over deportations

protester outside Home Office

Catholic campaigners have expressed grave concern after the government today (Tuesday) went ahead with a deportation flight to Jamaica despite protests, and opposition from more than 170 MPs.

Barbara Kentish, from Westminster Justice and Peace, said: "Today's hasty deportations to Jamaica are an affront to human rights. Some of those on today's flight hardly know Jamaica, while others hav...

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