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.


Bishops renew commitment to environment

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have renewed their commitment to care for creation. In a written statement, they call for the development of a "Christian spirituality of ecology" which begins in "personal" and "family life".

Outlining the depths of the ecological crisis we are facing and the Catholic response, they also invite the Catholic community in England and Wales to take ...

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Booking now: An evening with Baroness Scotland at Farm Street

Baroness Scotland

Jesuit Missions is hosting an evening with Commonwealth Secretary General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC on Friday 13th September at Farm Street parish in Mayfair, London, entitled: Saving our common earth: No time to lose.

Baroness Scotland will speak about action taken by the Commonwealth in tackling climate change. The 53 member states of the Commonwealth include 18 island states...

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London: Blessed Franz Jagerstatter 30th annual memorial service

The 30th annual memorial service was held on Friday evening in London to mark the anniversary of the execution of 36-year-old Blessed Franz Jagerstatter in Berlin on 9 August 1943, for his refusal to serve in Hitler's army. Around 50 people gathered in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral, for the ecumenical prayers.

An audio recording of Robert Ellsberg, a publisher of Jagerstatter letters...

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Christian Aid comments as Glasgow - 'dear green place' - chosen to host COP 26 climate summit

Dr Alison Doig

Responding to the news that Claire Perry has announced Glasgow is to be the UK choice to host the UN climate summit next year, Christian Aid's Head of Policy, Dr Alison Doig, who was born in Glasgow, said: "Hosting the UN climate summit is a huge responsibility, as we are already seeing the very real impacts of the climate crisis. This will be the biggest summit of its kind since the Paris ag...

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London: Activists demand end to nuclear weapons on Hiroshima anniversary

While Pax Christi held prayers for peace and an information stall on the steps on Westminster Cathedral yesterday, Trident Ploughshares had a presence in a number of other locations in London to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to draw attention to the continuing effects of nuclear weapons in the world today.

In Victoria Embankment Gar...

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Ten Days of Prayer for Peace - Message from Bishops of Japan

Most Rev Mitsuaki Takami, Archbishop of Nagasaki and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan has issued the following statement for this week which marks the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Peace is the fruit of the integral development of all people

On February 25, 1981, Pope St John Paul II made a striking peace appeal in Hir...

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New report: Top 10 hungriest countries contribute just 0.08% of global CO2

- Climate & Food Vulnerability Index shows 10 most food insecure countries emit less than half a tonne of CO2 per person

- Burundi is the world's most food insecure and smallest per capita emitter

- The average Briton generates as much CO2 as 212 Burundians

- IPCC blockers Russia, USA and Saudi some of the worst offenders

As scientists...

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Pax Christi USA: Mass shootings are expected consequences of hatred and violence

Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace and nonviolence movement, joins with the thousands of individuals and groups who have raised their voice over the mass shooting events of the past ten days.

These mass shooting tragedies are not the new normal, but they are the expected consequences of the continued and growing rhetoric of hatred, fear, bigotry, racism, and intolerance voiced c...

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Amazonia Synod 10: Not a call for cosmetic change

Jim Mulroney ssc

High on a mountain in Australia's southern island-state of Tasmania, an enthusiastic young guide told us we were standing amidst the purest air in the world and went on to encourage our group to gulp it deeply, as every breath we took would add one minute to our lives! While most chuckled, a rather elderly man standing next to me muttered in somewhat bemused horror, "What a frightening thought!...

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Booking now: Ecumenical climate events in September

Climate change is a justice issue. Those who have the least economic and political power, and the least responsibility for the changing climate, are affected the most. The UN warns that one climate crisis disaster is happening every week and that developing countries must prepare now for profound impact. Students across the globe are striking to demand climate action from their governments.

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Prayers and peace vigils on anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

'The fruits of war.' Pope Francis prayer card for World Day of Prayer for Peace 2017. Photo by Joseph Roger O'Donnell, shows young Japanese boy waiting at crematorium with his dead younger brother on his back. Source: Vatican Media

This week marks the 74th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At 8.15am on August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was destroyed with an atomic bomb. In a few minutes thousands of people lost their lives in the attack. Three days later the city of Nagasaki met the same fate. Many more thousands died later of radiation sickness.

Prayer services, vigils and demonstrat...

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Bradford: Bruce Kent painting donated to Peace Museum

A painting of peace activist Bruce Kent is to go on show in the Bradford Peace Museum. It was donated by artist Luke Teague to commemorate his subject's ninetieth birthday in June.

Bruce Kent is a well-known figure in the peace movement in Britain. A former general secretary of CND, he is currently a vice-president of CND, the Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW) and Pax Christi. He is...

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The ongoing dread in Gaza: So many names, so many lives

Gaza - there has been no reconstruction since last attack as Israel bars import of building materials

Kathy Kelly from Pax Christi USA writes:

Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege of Gaza, he held up a stack of 31 papers. On each page were names of 1,254 Palestinians living in Gaza who had been killed in just one month of Israel's "Operation Protective Edge" atta...

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Leeds: Plastic Free picnic is a sustainable success!

Our Lady of Kirkstall picnickers

The parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall, Leeds, held a family celebration picnic on 21 July, with the aim of creating zero waste, and inspiring others to think about how they can better care for the environment.

The parish - who have recently received a LiveSimply award from charity CAFOD, thanks to their efforts over the past two years to live sustainably - organised the picnic as a chance f...

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