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.

Massive increase in UK arms sales to Saudis since start of Yemen war

Image: Christian Aid

Government statistics show that the UK Government licensed £5,335,852,492 worth of arms to Saudi Arabian regime in the first four years of its ongoing bombardment of Yemen (26 March 2015 - 25 March 2019).

This is an increase of almost 50% on the value of arms licensed in the four years preceding the war, which amounted to £3,572,049,751 worth of arms (26 March 2011 - 25 March - 2015).

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Green Christian urges CoE to set ambitious carbon targets

Green Christian has welcomed plans by the Church of England, announced last week, to "recognise the Climate Crisis and step up its action to safeguard God's creation." However, it questions the Environmental Working Group's proposal that General Synod should support the Government's carbon reduction of net zero carbon by 2050.

Deborah Tomkins, Co-Chair of Green Christian, said on 13 Novem...

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Edinburgh: Peace campaigners to launch Nae Cash for Nukes report

Peace campaigning organisation Don't Bank on the Bomb Scotland is launching a new report at a Public Meeting on Tuesday November 19 between 6.30pm - 8.30pm at the Quad Teaching Room G158, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL.

The report called "Stop Funding the End of The World" details Scotland's nuclear weapons investments and the steps that can be taken to support divestment.

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Pax Christi International statement on Pope's visit to Japan

From November 23rd until November 26th 2019, Pope Francis will be for the first time in Japan and visit Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. For the Pax Christi peace movement this journey is an important momentum for its nuclear disarmament work, also as its preparing for the Pax Christi International 2020 World Assembly in Hiroshima.

The announced program of Pope Francis includes the deliveri...

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Croydon Fayre inspires climate action

After deciding to go green this year, the annual Fayre at Our Lady of the Annunciation not only raised thousands for charity but also awareness of the climate crisis.

For years, the Autumn Fayre at Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe, has been an anticipated event in the community calendar - but this year, inspired by charity CAFOD's call to go green, organisers made a commitment to ...

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Yorkshire pupils highlight climate issues

Recently, pupils at St Joseph's, Todmorden in Yorkshire, came together with the local parish to hold a special event where people celebrate the environment and campaign to tackle climate change. The chapel was transformed for the Creation Celebration by the pupils who had created special art decorations, including one piece created by Oak Class that was made from fallen oak leaves and named by ...

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Bishop John Arnold launches Live Simply cookbook

The Bishop of Salford has officially launched The Live Simply Book of Recipes and Tips which was written and produced by a group of dedicated volunteers in Oxford.

Last week, Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, celebrated Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley, part of Corpus Christi Parish in Oxford, to help launch the book that had been created by the parishioners to help others to li...

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Reflection on Church Action on Poverty's North East Regional Gathering

Debbie Honeywood in scene from Ken Loach film: Sorry We Missed You

Church Action on Poverty is nationally facilitating a number of 'roadshows' engaging with local groups to explore issues related to poverty with a particular focus on 'Speaking Truth to Power'.

On 9 November, St Nicholas's Anglican Cathedral was the venue for the regional gathering for the North East of England, hosted by Church Action on Poverty North East.

Niall Cooper, the CEO o...

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Pope praises Montreal Protocol to protect ozone layer

Yesterday, Pope Francis sent a message to the 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, praising their work. In his message, read at the Rome meeting by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, the Holy Father described the Protocol as a "model of international cooperation, not only in the area of environmental prot...

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Amazonia Synod: Now is the Time - a stronger role for women in the Church

Sr Birgit Weiler, MMS

The urgency to strengthen the role of women in the Church in general and the Amazonian Church in particular was a prominent topic at the recent Amazonia Synod in the Vatican. Not only many women, but also a good number of bishops, were outspoken about it, recognising that it has to be part of the "new ways for the Church and an integral ecology" in the Amazon region. It was already a novelty at...

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'Little bags of love and hope' - appeal from Seeking Sanctuary

Cold weather forecast -   image: Benny Hunter

Seeking Sanctuary' is repeating a previous initiative to support migrants stuck in north-west France, just 21 miles from the coast of Kent. They sleep in the open, often without tents which are regularly confiscated along with their sleeping bags and other possessions..As the winter weather sets in and gales come down the Channel coast from the North Sea, we want to get small packs of new essen...

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Brazil: London lobby on fourth anniversary of mining disaster

London Mining Network campaigners

Earlier today, the London Mining Network, War on Want and Global Justice Now handed in a letter at BHP's London office, addressed to the company's chair Ken MacKenzie, on the fourth anniversary of Brazil's Samarco tailings dam collapse. The failure of the dam, holding back iron mining waste, triggered the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history.

The Fundão dam and the associated...

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Six-year-old transforms abandoned plot into thriving community garden

Tom: "I just want to look after the world"

Six months ago, a piece of land on the outskirts of Liverpool lay abandoned and unused but thanks to the determination of a local boy it has been transformed into a lively garden at the heart of the community.

Tom, six, who is a pupil at Our Lady's and St Swithin R C Primary School, first came up with the idea of creating a community garden after he attended an assembly by charity CAFOD, ...

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London: Hundreds in day of witness for Eritrean people + update and video

image: Mark White

Eritrean Catholics in London and those standing in solidarity with them, engaged in a 'day of witness and vigil for the Eritrea people and Catholic Church' on Saturday 2 November, in the Piazza of Westminster Cathedral.

Opening the rally with prayer and blessing, Fr Mark White CP of the Passionist Community and Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Herne Bay, Kent welcomed the ...

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