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.

Coventry-Inspired Peace and Reconciliation

Cross of Nails

Before lockdowns and isolation and staying at home took over our approach to 2020 I had the opportunity to visit Coventry with the family. We had been keen for some time to pay a visit to the Herbert Art Gallery, and finally had a free Saturday and decided that the day out could include a visit to the Cathedral ruins as neither myself nor my husband had ever been there.

It was a gloriousl...

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Money Makes Change pledge

The September 2020 edition of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) newsletter introduces the 'Money Makes Change Pledge', and the upcoming online conference 'Restoring Hope 2020'.

The 'Money Makes Change Pledge' is a new ecumenical resource for churches. The Pledge gives your church a framework to look at how you connect faith, money and ethics - in your church's fin...

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Nonviolence Days of Action

Theresa Alessandro, director of Pax Christi, writes: Nonviolence Days of Action runs until Friday 2nd October. At Pax Christi we are celebrating nonviolence, sharing stories and working to understand better how to make active nonviolence our way of life.

Pope Francis calls us to live differently when we emerge from the pandemic. He says, 'Let us not be afraid to dream big, seeki...

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Democratic access to Home Office under question

l-r: Fr Joe Ryan, Pat Gaffney, Barbara Kentish, Fr Dominic Robinson, Brother Johannes Maertens

On Friday, 25th September five people from the network People Not Walls set out to deliver a letter and petition asking for human rights for migrants on the French-UK borders, who are currently pushed to risk dangerous cross-Channel borders. We had mounted an online petition which attracted in a short time nearly 400 signatures. Our letter asked for the UK and France to collaborate on human rig...

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Green Christian Festival online

Combining creativity, debate, stories of political activism and practical action, poetry and prayer - the free Online Festival, to be held via Zoom from 23rd - 25th October, promises to entertain, inform and inspire.

The festival kicks off with a panel discussion: "Re-imagining a better future" featuring Bishop James Jones, Cleo Lake (Green Councillor, former Lord Mayor of Bristol), Melan...

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Hundreds attend first Catholic ethical investment webinar

Operation Noah and partner organisations hosted the first part of a webinar series on Catholic investment for an integral ecology on Tuesday, 22 September. The series is sponsored by Operation Noah, CAFOD, Global Catholic Climate Movement, the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative, the Conference of Religious, Association of Provincial Bursars, Trocaire, National Justice & Peace Network a...

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NJPN meeting focuses on 'Post-Pandemic Church'

The National Justice and Peace Network looked at 'Post-Pandemic Church' last Saturday, during an all-day zoom quarterly meeting attended by around 40 participants. Dioceses represented included Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Birmingham, Westminster, Hexham and Newcastle, Hallam, Lancaster, Southwark, Arundel and Brighton, Cardiff, and Clifton. Agencies included CAFOD, Pax Christi, Romero Trust, Chr...

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UK has given £1 billion in aid to Yemen, but licensed £6.5 billion in arms to bomb it

Ahead of a House of Commons debate today, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has criticised the UK government's "dangerous and immoral" priorities when it comes to Yemen. Last week the government announced that it has committed £1 billion worth of aid to Yemen since the ongoing conflict began in 2015.

This money is badly needed, but it is eclipsed by the value of arms sales that the gove...

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Video discussion: Into the Refugee Journey

On Sunday, 27 September, the Catholic Church will celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

For the theme of his message this year, Pope Francis chose 'Like Jesus Christ, Forced to Flee' - calling us to see the face of God in migrants and refugees. He also made a special appeal for the world's 45.7 million internally displaced people.

To mark the day, Bishop Paul McAleenan...

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Columban podcasts on Biodiversity- Episode 4: 'Nonviolence for the Earth'

'Jubilee for the Earth' is a podcast mini-series about biodiversity, produced by the Columbans for the Season of Creation. Six episodes explore biodiversity and a related issue like economic justice, peace, migration, and other topics related to Catholic Social Teaching.

The fourth podcast 'Nonviolence for the Earth' features Fr Pat Cunningham in Seoul, Ellen Teague in London, an...

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Westminster J&P calls for ban on evictions to be extended

Homeless queue for food outside National Gallery

As the numbers of homeless people increase, the furlough system draws to a close and the Home Office announces the resumption of evictions from rented properties, Westminster Justice and Peace has joined calls for the ban on evictions to be extended.

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, Parish Priest of Farm Street and Chair of the Justice and Peace Commission said, "During the pandemic Cent...

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JRS UK calls for halt on evictions from asylum accommodation

Jesuit Refugee Services UK has urged a continued halt on evictions from asylum accommodation, and renewed its call for an end to the enforced destitution of those refused asylum, in response to the Home Office's announcement as reported in the Guardian on Saturday (see link below) that it will now resume evictions of refused asylum seekers from Home Office accommodation. Evictions were...

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Shaping Peace Together

Many thanks to Leela Ramdeen who has sent us this reflection for today's International Day of Peace.

"The world must be educated to love Peace, to build it up and defend it." (Pope Paul VI)

Our world is yearning for peace. The theme for International Day of Peace today is: Shaping Peace Together. The UN urges us to "celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindne...

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