Justice, Peace & Environment

This category contains 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.


Westminster: Massive art installation highlights plight of refugees

Today, 15 August 2018, hundreds of shoes were displayed outside Westminster Cathedral to illustrate Catholic action in support of Pope Francis' refugee campaign.

The arts installation of shoes is part of the Share the Journey campaign led by Catholic charities, CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), which is urging world leaders and governments to take positive action to address ...

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Film: Meet Sālote, a seven-year old witness from frontline of climate change

Operation Noah, the Christian climate change charity, has today launched a thought-provoking animated film, Sālote, to help Christians around the world recognise the human cost of a changing climate, and its particular impact on women and children. While most adults in the UK think that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity, many Christians don't yet see this...

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Kindertransport 80th anniversary - Our turn now

image Caritas Europa

A fair number of migrants in Calais at the moment are unaccompanied minors, with every right to apply for entry to the UK. It can be shocking to sit with them in Calais, having delivered survival goods, to realise that some will attempt an illegal lorry crossing that very evening.

That is why Westminster Justice and Peace became involved with Safe Passage. This is a campaigning group for ...

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Prayers for peace in Westminster and Battersea

The annual interfaith peace prayer service, organised by Pax Christi, was held last night in the Crypt Chapel of Westminster Cathedral, to commemorate the anniversary of the execution of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter in 1943, who refused to join Hitler's army, to pray for the many thousands of victims of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in 1945, and to pray for all those who work for peace. Pax Christi...

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Text: Dr Ray Towey at Bl Franz Jaegerstaetter service, Westminster Cathedral

Dr Ray Towey

Dr Ray Towey gave the following address at the annual service to remember Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, on Thursday evening, in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral. The service was followed by the inter-faith walk to the Battersea Peace Pagoda for Nagasaki Day Commemorations - full reports on ICN tomorrow.

Dr Towey has worked as a medical missionary in Uganda and is also a pea...

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Yemen: Dozens killed in bombing of school bus

On Thursday morning, the Saudi-led coalition bombed a school bus in Yemen. Dozens of people were killed, mainly children. Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, a health department chief in Saada, has said that at over 40 people were killed and 60 injured.

The Campaign Against the Arms Trade point out that this is the latest in a long line of Saudi-inflicted atrocities. The war has killed thousands of civili...

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Italian students visit Westminster Cathedral

Lateran University students with Bishop John

Bishop John Wilson took a group of students from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome on a visit to Westminster Cathedral on Monday - the Feast of the Transfiguration.

After exploring the Cathedral the students, (who are mainly studying law and theology) met the Pax Christi group who were holding an information stall and prayers for Hiroshima Day outside in the Piazza. They had leafl...

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Hiroshima Day prayers at Westminster Cathedral

Members of Pax Christi and Westminster J&P were joined by passers-by in prayers for peace on Monday, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

During the prayers this poem by Fr Rob Edaile was read.

Transfigured and Transfixed

Noon in Galilee, Dawn by the Japanese sea. The Spirit hovers silently, while the Enola Gay drones...

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More than 5,500 UK churches convert to renewable energy

Workers install solar panels on church roof

As temperatures soar around the world raising concerns about climate change, more than 5,500 churches have put their faith in clean energy - with church leaders encouraging more to follow suit.

Fifteen Anglican cathedrals including Salisbury, Bristol, Sheffield and York Minster are among the buildings now using 100% green electricity tariffs.

The places of worship that have seen the...

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Resources for Creation Time 2018

Image: Simon Teague

Following the example of the Orthodox Church, in 2015 Pope Francis declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. According to Pope Francis, "This offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entru...

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Glasgow: Protests to stop eviction of migrants

Justice and Peace Scotland were present last night, 31st July 2018, at a protest in Glasgow attended by around 500 people to protest at the planned imminent eviction of 300 asylum seekers in the city.

Dorothy McLean, Chair of Glasgow Justice and Peace Commission said: "Pope Francis constantly reminds us of our duty as Christians to welcome the stranger. Glasgow Justice and Peace Commissio...

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Christians called to 'deep solidarity' with poor

Rev Al Barrett

An Anglican vicar called for a radically receptive solidarity with the poor and marginalised in his keynote address to the 40th annual gathering of the Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales in Swanwick, Derbyshire, last Friday.

The Reverend Dr Al Barrett is Vicar in Hodge Hill, East Birmingham (known locally as the Wasteland) where he has been involved in grassroots community-bui...

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Commemoration service for Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter

Bruce Kent, Valerie Flessati at a Jaegerstaetter service

The annual ecumenical service to remember Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter, executed in 1945 for refusing to serve in Hitler's army, will be held in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral at 6.30pm on Thursday 9 August. Entry is via the car park in Ambrosden Avenue. It is organised by Pax Christi.

The speaker is Dr Ray Towey who has worked as a medical missionary in Uganda and who is also a peace...

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Christian discipleship in Brexit Britain, in shadow of Grenfell Tower

Revd Dr Al Barrett of Hodge Hill Church of England Church in Birmingham, gave the following talk at last weekend's Conference of the National Justice and Peace Conference - "In the shelter of each other, the people live" (Irish proverb).

I want to spend the next little while attending to some of our edges as a society, and exploring how we might inhabit them as Christians.

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