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.


London: Solidarity vigil for Hong Kong, Uyghurs and Tibetans

Benedict Rogers and Fr Dominic Robinson SJ who spoke at the Chinese Embassy vigil

A solidarity vigil for the people of Hong Kong, the Uyghurs, the Tibetans, and all oppressed people in China took place outside the Chinese Embassy in Portland Place on Sunday.

Representatives from faith and human rights groups came to voice their concern about China's recent brutal clampdown in Hong Kong, as well as the ongoing savage occupation of Tibet and harsh treatment of the Uyghur...

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CAFOD welcomes government pledge to end support for coal overseas

The UK government will stop providing financial support to coal mining and coal-fired power plants overseas, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced at a UK-Africa Investment Summit in London yesterday. Heads of state and governments from more than a dozen countries in Africa attended the investment summit.

Mr Johnson committed to end all support for coal overseas from the aid budget a...

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Rally demands humanitarian treatment of child migrants

The campaigning group Safe Passage held a rally in Parliament Square yesterday (20th January) in brilliant but cold sunshine, to call for the Government to reinstate Amendment 37 into the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will be voted in the Commons before the end of this week.

Between 300-400 people heard speakers from most parties demanding humanitarian treatment of child migrants across Europ...

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Peace Sunday Reflection

Image Vatican media

Anne Dodd, former Chair of Pax Christi gave the following talk yesterday, Peace Sunday, in Abingdon parish, Portsmouth Diocese.

Every year the Pope issues a reflection for the World Day of Peace. Every Pope has done this for the last 53 years - a reflection on the centrality of peace and reconciliation to what we profess as Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales have always...

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Israeli human rights campaigner Jeff Halper to visit UK

Jeff Halper, the director of ICHAD (The Israeli Comittee Against House Demolitions) will be visiting the UK at the end of January and, amongst other meetings, will be giving public lectures in London and Coventry, including two with Mohammad Sabaaneh, a prominent Palestinian activist and award-winning political caracaturist. Jeff Halper is a well-known Israeli academic, and human rights campaig...

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Celebrating Peace Sunday 2020 and Work of Pax Christi

Peace Tree, St Wilfrid's, Preston

Peace Sunday in England and Wales is on 19 January. Each year Pax Christi, the UK branch of the international Catholic peace organisation, promotes the Pope's World Peace Day message. This year, the message of Pope Francis is, 'Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion'.

Pax Christi has sent a mailing to every parish in England and Wales, and around 20...

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Quakers question tax cuts for polluters

Quakers in Britain are questioning government moves to support the aviation industry. In an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid MP, Quakers say that reducing Air Passenger Duty directly threatens the UK's net-zero commitment. Here is the full text of the letter to Sajid Javid MP: "We are writing to urge the government to reconsider its prop...

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London: Rally calling on peers to support refugee children

Image Caritas Europa

Safe Passage with other human rights groups are organising a rally this coming Monday, 20 January, at 1pm in Parliament Square, calling on peers to support refugee family reunification by voting for an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to protect child refugees when the UK leaves the EU.

Lord Alf Dubs will be one of the speakers at the event. As a child he escaped the Holocaust by comin...

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New group helps congregations step up response to climate change

Members of religious congregations in England and Wales are being invited to a day of reflection on Laudato si' as a first step in the launch of a new ecology group. The Conference of Religious is organising three separate meetings around the country in the Spring in order to maximise the number of people who can take part, with attendees expected to start setting objectives on how they can us...

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UK-wide protests for peace in Iran

Pat Gaffney, (left) and Fr Joe Ryan (centre) with campaigners in Trafalgar Square

Members of Pax Christi, Christian CND, Westminster J&P and Quakers joined around 2,000 people in London on Saturday, to protest against the threat of war in Iran. Organised by the Stop the War coalition, the march began at BBC Broadcasting House in Langham Place, went down Regent Street - which is still decorated with Christmas angels - and ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square. Hundreds o...

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CPT statement on US/Iranian tensions in Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) calls for an immediate end to all US and Iranian military escalations and a deepened commitment to diplomacy in the region. The world has watched as the governments of the United States and The Islamic Republic of Iran teeter on the brink of war as their armed forces launched drone strikes and ballistic missiles at various targets within the borders of Iraq.

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A Call to Catholics: Let us end our complicity in war

Bishop Thomas Gumbleton from the Archdiocese of Detroit writes:

Once again, information has surfaced regarding United States governmental efforts to mislead and misinform people about disgraceful, cruel destruction caused by a United States war of choice against people who meant the US no harm. In the Afghanistan Papers, the United States government officials acknowledged, priva...

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No War on Iran - National demonstration and prayers for peace

A national demonstration against war on Iran takes place in London on Saturday, 11 January. Organised by the Stop the War Coalition and CND, the march will sets off from outside Broadcasting House in Portland Place, gathering at 12 noon and walking down to Trafalgar Square.

Pax Christi members will be meeting on the steps of St Martin in the Fields from 1.30pm. Look out for the Pax Christ...

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Campaigners voice dismay as government rejects plan to help child refugees

Child in Calais Jungle 2017 image ICN/JS

News that the government has reneged on a pledge to guarantee the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family members living in the UK after Brexit, has been met with dismay by children's rights campaigners.

On Wednesday, 8 January, MPs voted 348 to 252 against the amendment which had previously been accepted by Theresa May's government.

Lord Alf Dubs, the Labou...

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