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.

Austrian Bishops' Conference announces divestment from fossil fuels

A recent climate protest in Graz, Austria

With climate change having a noted impact on water supplies around the world, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Chairperson of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, choose today, World Water Day, to announce that the Episcopal Conference of Austria will divest from all businesses that extract or produce fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

This decision includes all financial invest...

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Amazonia Synod - US Conference stresses Church commitment to indigenous people

Archbishop Auza and Cardinal Tagle with Scott Wright, Amy Echeverria and Fr Peter Hughes of Columban JPIC

Representatives of the Pan Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) have been meeting with senior Church leaders at a US university this week, ahead of October's Synod of Bishops on Amazonia. Georgetown University in Washington DC hosted a conference 19-21 March, organised by REPAM, titled, 'Integral Ecology: A Synodal response from the Amazon Region and other Biomes and Essential Territories for th...

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Clifton: meeting to reflect on Amazonia Synod

A meeting was held at St John's parish in Bath a few weeks ago to reflect upon the Pope's encyclical, Laudato Si', in preparation for the Synod on the Amazon to be held in Rome this October. The group looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos, as just three people who gave their lives in recent years to protect the forests and help those who live there care f...

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London: Protest Lonmin's AGM - Justice for Marikana

Marikana victims

On August 16 2012, over 100 workers on strike for a living wage at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, a small town near Pretoria, were shot by the South African police, killing 34.

This was the single most lethal use of force against civilians since the massacre of students during the Soweto uprising in 1976 under the apartheid regime. Lonmin, a London-based mining corporation founded as L...

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Christian Aid urges government to heed wake-up call from children

School strikers in London

Christian Aid has called on governments around the world to heed the wake-up call from children going on strike on Friday in more than a hundred countries around the world.

Following last month's UK strike, Friday sees British children joined by those from around the globe in protest at the fact the world is currently not on track to deliver the aims of the Paris Agreement.

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Portugal: Al Gore quotes Laudato Si' at climate conference

Al Gore addresses Porto climate conference

Former Vice President Al Gore addressed an international audience in Porto, Portugal last week to highlight the growing global impacts of the climate change crisis. At one point he quoted Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' saying, "Pope Francis said we are making the whole planet a giant garbage heap but if we don't change, this prophecy will be seen as correct."

one billion migrant...

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Wombles teach care for our common home

The Wombles have been appointed special teachers of care for our common home. Last Thursday Lynn McWilliams and Teresa Undurruga, Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator respectively from Jesuit Missions, visited Stonyhurst St Mary's Hall. At the assembly they spoke of the work of Jesuit Missions and the challenges of caring for our common home. Teresa talked about future opportunities a...

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Pax Christi mourns death of Cardinal Godfried Danneels

Cardinal Godfried Danneels

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former Archbishop of Mechelen Brussels, passed away on 14 March 2019, at 85 years of age. He was President of Pax Christi International from 1990 through 1999. The International Catholic Peace Movement offers its condolences and prayers to his family and to the Archdiocese of Mechelen Brussels.

Cardinal Danneels became president after the years of political tra...

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Bruce Kent urges bishops to condemn Trident replacement plans + video


Bruce Kent, vice-president of Pax Christi and CND, has called on the Catholic bishops of England and Wales to condemn publicly the Trident replacement plans.

In an interview for the Tablet with Ruth Gledhill and Liz Dodd, filmed at the 27th Ash Wednesday Witness last week at the Ministry of Defence, for the start of Lent, Mr Kent said: "It's a time of penance, and prayer. And here is th...

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Dangers for arms race rise with demise of historic nuclear treaty

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the 'Doomsday Clock' 30 seconds closer to midnight, largely due to the Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review. This policy plans violates the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which the United States is a party. This treaty requires parties "to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to the cessation of the nuc...

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Harpenden parish celebrates Live Simply award

Live Simply cake

Last month Our Lady of Lourdes Church Harpenden achieved the CAFOD Live Simply award for championing sustainable living. It is only the sixth church to gain the award in the Westminster Diocese and the 46th parish in England and Wales.

On Sunday 10th March a celebratory Mass was said and the prestigious Live Simply Plaque was officially presented to Canon Anthony Dwyer by Maria Elena Aran...

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Ash Wednesday 2019: Vigil for Peace at Ministry of Defence

Processing through Embankment Gardens ICN/JS

More than 100 Christians braved freezing rain in Whitehall today to take part in the annual Ash Wednesday procession and prayer vigil outside the Ministry of Defence (MoD). They called for the UK government to get rid of its nuclear weapons and support the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. They prayed for a conversion of hearts and minds away from nuclear war preparati...

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Signs of the Time: Responding to the cry of creation with hearts full of mercy

Scott Wright

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and preparation for Easter by calling us to a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Christians around the world are offered a heart-felt plea to change from our merciful and compassionate God: "Return to me with your whole heart!" (Joel 2:12)

Given the dramatic state of the world today, with devastating wars and extreme weather events, a biblica...

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Taking the long view: Pat Gaffney reflects on 30 years with Pax Christi UK

Demonstration in the 1990s

Pat Gaffney is retiring as the General Secretary of Pax Christi UK this year. She wrote this reflection covering her nearly 30 years in that role.

1 April 1990: the day my contract with Pax Christi began. 29 years on, I am still here (how did that happen?) but preparing to move on and create space for some new thought and energy. This article takes a long view of our work over this per...

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