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.


Abundant gifts, abundant life: a lifestyle to sustain the earth

Barbara and Claudine

The following reflection was given at the Christians Aware 30th anniversary conference 11-13 January 2019 in Derbyshire. The conference theme was: Future Earth? Sustainability for the environment, for farming and for healthy food?

Barbara: Claudine and I have been friends and prayer partners for over 30 years. We are very different and come from different Christi...

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Celebrating three decades of Christians Aware

Bishop Angaelos, Barbara Butler

Christians Aware was described as a source of "accumulated wisdom and purpose" at its 30th anniversary conference in Derbyshire last weekend. It's chair, Coptic Archbishop Angaelos, also told around 60 members that its work on such issues as religious freedom, social justice and climate change is "important and effective". He applauded Christian Aware's "grassroots work" and its "straightforwar...

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Colombia: African descent families occupy mine to demand rights

Roche campaigner at Cerrejon coal mine

On Wednesday, 16 January 2019, 50 people from the community of Roche staged a non-violent occupation of part of the vast Cerrejon coal mine - owned by London-listed multinationals Anglo American, BHP and Glencore - to demand respect for their rights as people of African descent and to pressure the Cerrejon Coal company into good-faith negotiations over a range of issues. Organisatio...

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Pax Christi prepares for Peace Sunday

Children in Barnet help spread the word

From the Isle of Wight to Durham, Pax Christi members are excelling themselves in preparing to mark Peace Sunday on 20 January.

Prayer cards, information leaflets, liturgy booklets, scripts for talks and children's activity resources are flying out of the office to ensure that the World Peace Day Message, 'Good politics serves peace' is shared within the Catholic community in England and ...

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Westminster: Farewell - but not goodbye - to Barbara Kentish

Colleagues, friends and family gathered at St John Vianney's in West Green, north London, on Friday evening, for a party marking the retirement of Barbara Kentish, after 12 years as Fieldworker for Westminster Justice and Peace Commission. There was an exhibition of banners, photographs and albums showing the work of the commission.

Many people stepped forward to pay tribute to Barbara's ...

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Latest North-West NJPN Bulletin

The latest North-West NJPN E-Bulletin covers January to February 2019. It contains articles on the recent COP24 talks in Poland; contributions from CAFOD, Christian Aid, the Fairtrade Foundation, Church Action on Poverty, Pax Christi, the Conference of Religious and the Jesuit Refugee Service; plus a packed diary of events. Look out for an interesting opinion piece from Professor Paul Rogers fr...

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Fossil fuel divestment for a zero carbon future: Conference for religious

More than 1,000 organisations around the world including the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, Caritas Internationalis, the Passionists in England & Wales, the Columban Missionaries and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary in the US have taken the step of divesting (disinvesting) from fossil fuel companies in response to the global threat of climate change.

On Thursday 14 February, Mount Str...

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Pax Christi praises Manchester for supporting Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Manchester city centre Image by Giuseppe Moscato on Flickr

Manchester has become the first European city to unanimously pass a resolution supporting the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The resolution, besides expressing support for the Treaty, calls on the UK government to actively pursue "a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals by supporting the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons and t...

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Westminster J&P voices concern over government response to asylum seekers

Fr Joe Ryan

Fr Joe Ryan, Chair of Westminster Justice & Peace Commission has issued the following statement today, commenting on Home Secretary, Mr Sajid Javid's recent response to refugees and asylum seekers trying to come to the UK:

The recent attempts by migrants to cross the English Channel have highlighted the current situation once again. The English Government's response to those mig...

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Celebrating Peace Sunday: Good Politics Serves Peace!

Every year Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, promotes the Holy Father's World Peace Day Message on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer.

The organisation sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day - falling this year on Sun...

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Message of Pope Francis for 52nd World Day of Peace

Good politics is at the service of peace

1. "Peace be to this house!"

In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: "Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house!' And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you" (Lk 10:5-6).

Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ's disciples. That pea...

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A Closing Prayer for the Year

Double rainbow in Wrangell-St Elias National Park, Alaska, by Eric Rolph - Wiki Image

The Global Catholic Climate Movement sends this Prayer for our Earth from Laudato Si' by Pope Francis All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that w...

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New Christian Aid report: World counts cost of a year of climate breakdown

Wildfrie in California - Wiki image

Extreme weather, driven by climate change, hit every populated continent in 2018, killing, injuring and displacing millions and causing major economic damage costing billions of dollars, according to a report by Christian Aid. Counting the Cost: a year of climate breakdown identifies 10 of the most destructive droughts, floods, fires, heatwaves, typhoons and hurricanes of 2018, each ...

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Jesuits mark 50 years of commitment to social justice and ecology + video

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ

The Jesuit Curia in Roma has released a video message from Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, for the 50th anniversary of Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES). Beginning its journey in 1969, the Secretariat endeavours to work with people for change to bring the charity and the justice of the Gospel to society and culture. Its members assist Fr Gener...

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