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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. See our Justice, Peace & Environment Links page for relevant links.

UK complicit in war crimes: UN experts demand immediate arms embargo

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Today, 23rd February, UN experts demanded that arms exports to Israel stop immediately. The unprecedented statement called on all states, including the UK, to immediately halt arms transfers, including export licences and military aid. The experts stated, without qualification, that "any transfer of weapons or ammunition to Israel that would be used in Gaza is likely to violate international human... Read More

NJPN: Focus on Environmental Justice at national meeting

The next networking meeting of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) will take place online, on Zoom, from 10am - 2.45pm on Saturday 24 February 2024. The meeting title is 'Live or Let Die - A Call to Care for the Earth' (from Pope Francis' Laudate Deum). Speakers - including Ellen Teague of Columban Justice, Peace and Ecology, Andrew Jackson of Pax Christi and Colette Joyce of Westminst... Read More

Charities urge parliament to vote for immediate, permanent Gaza ceasefire

More than 60 Christian, Muslim, Jewish and secular charities have signed the following open letter to MPs and government ministers urging them to vote for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza ahead of an SNP motion in Parliament today (21 February). They write: Dear Members of Parliament, As humanitarian, human rights and campaigning agencies, many of us with teams operating in Gaza and t... Read More

Twickenham RFU Stadium: Protest against arms fair

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A second arms fair is coming to Twickenham Rugby Football Union Stadium next week. International Military Helicopters 2024 is sponsored by arms companies Leonardo, Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) and Boeing among others, and is expected to have hundreds of delegates. Equipment from these companies is currently being used by Israeli forces against Palestinians in Gaza, including targeting systems (Leona... Read More

Promoting social justice in an unjust world

Gaia in Nidaros Cathedral Trondheim 2022

The World Day of Social Justice is observed today, Tuesday 20 February. This is a day when countries are asked to recommit to address issues that stand as obstacles to social justice. For Catholics, "Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appears to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the gospel or, in other words, of the Church's miss... Read More

We must work with the US to stop a massacre in Rafah

Image: Balfour Project

Sir Vincent Fean, Balfour Project Trustee wrote the following in the Independent on 18 February 2024. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his military to plan the "evacuation" of Palestinian civilians from the Gazan city of Rafah, on the border with Egypt's Sinai desert. The same order is to attack the city, where over a million displaced Palestinians live - many of them starving... Read More

Bethlehem pastor issues uncompromising call to UK churches

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On Sunday 18th February 2024 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, in London, The Revd Dr Munther Isaac, pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, issued an uncompromising call to the UK churches. He said that they are called "to be the church, and to act in costly solidarity towards an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. This is a moral obligation. This is not the time for ... Read More

Christian climate change campaigners stage 240-hour vigil outside Parliament

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A 'No Faith in Fossil Fuels' 24-hour vigil outside the Westminster Parliament started on Ash Wednesday and will continue for ten days until Saturday 24 February. The lead organiser is Christian Climate Action (CCA) and other agencies involved include CAFOD, Christian Aid, Green Christian and Operation Noah. The campaigners said climate change is "putting all of God's creation at risk and all our c... Read More

Roses are dead, lovers are blue - How climate change is threatening the Valentine's Day rose

Patrick Mbugua

Valentine's Day was still celebrated by many on Ash Wednesday, but the traditional lover's gift of a rose may be under threat, according to a new report from Christian Aid which shows how climate change is impacting rose growing in Britain and around the world. Nearly 60% (59%) of all exported roses come from five countries in the global south which face growing dangers from extreme weather. Thre... Read More

Cardinal renews call for peace in Holy Land

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Image CBCEW

Echoing the words of Pope Francis for an urgent appeal for a lasting ceasefire, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has today called for the release of all hostages, for humanitarian aid to be allowed through to help those most in need in Gaza, and for hospitals, schools and places of worship to be protected. In his statement, the Cardinal writes: 'On 8th January, when speaking to the Diplomatic Corps accred... Read More

UK Christians marching and praying for Palestine this weekend

As the ground invasion of Rafah looms, campaigners of all faiths and beliefs will be marching and praying on Saturday, 17 February - in London and Leeds - to demand an immediate ceasefire, the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, and appeal for our government and church leaders to use every means at their disposal to prevent this genocide. LONDON 11.45am - the Christian blo... Read More

Ash Wednesday peace prayers outside Ministry of Defence

Fausta Valentine and Pat Gaffney

Around 50 Christians gathered outside the Ministry of Defence in Central London on Ash Wednesday to take part in the annual Ash Wednesday procession and prayer vigil. They called for the UK government to repent holding nuclear weapons and support the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The service was led by Pat Gaffney, an organiser of Pax Christi in London. Since 1982, Ch... Read More

Rome: More than 500 attend online course on Integral Ecology

Rodne Galicha

The first session of an international course on Integral Ecology, held in January and chaired by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, saw a very good participation of more than 500 people from all over the world. It was in fact, the 'United Nations in miniature', as smiling faces from around the world - from Myanmar to Ecuador, from South Africa to Lithuania, and from Australia to ... Read More

Webinar: Palestinian children in Israeli military detention

The Balfour Project's next free webinar entitled: Injustice to the defenceless: the plight of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention takes place on Tuesday 20th February at 3pm UK time. Speakers will be: Claire Nicholl, Tareq Shrourou, and Jude Lanchin. Claire Nicholl is Save the Children's Regional Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Lead for the Middle East. She has been working with t... Read More

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