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.


UK faith leaders urge Chancellor to cancel developing countries debt

Dr Rowan Williams with Bishop John Arnold

Dozens of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to work to provide debt relief for developing countries coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

A letter signed by 77 bishops, rabbis, imams and other leaders of UK faith communities urges Chancellor Rishi Sunak to work with other finance ministers to cancel debt for the world's poorest count...

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Nonviolence: A path to action and conversion beyond Covid- 9

Pat Gaffney at Rome meeting

Concern about the spread and impact of Covid-19 has rightly taken priority in our news and press in recent months. While there is a danger that we might just 'hunker down' and look after ourselves many of us are all too aware of its global impact and the structural violence and injustice that it is exposing.

Behind the scenes the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, a project of Pax Christi ...

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Major CoE fund exits from fossil fuel investments

One of the Church of England's three National Investing Bodies, which is managed by investment management company: Churches, Charities and Local Authorities (CCLA) has recently sold its last remaining shares in fossil fuel companies.

CCLA, whose CBF funds manage investments on behalf of most Church of England dioceses and many local CoE churches, said it had dropped its investments in oil...

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Waiting for Prime Minister to reply on child refugees

The UK rescued 10,000 Jewish children in the 1938 Kindertransport. Just 480 children have come to the UK in the past four years under a scheme which is now closed.

Seven Catholic leaders signed the Faith Leaders' letter to the Prime Minister on World Refugee Day, June 20th, asking him to ensure that unaccompanied child migrants seeking to reach the UK could be given safe and legal routes and a welcome, along the lines of the pre-war Kindertransport initiative. These measures would help to avoid the human rights abuses that young people currently suffer in...

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Ocean Waves of Plastic

Sea of plastic

Twelve years ago I visited Manila in the Philippines for a conference organised by the Columban Missionary Society. On a free afternoon Fr Peter Hughes, the Columban Director in Britain, and I walked down to the Columban Parish of Malate and then took a stroll to look over the sea wall and see the waves. Well there were waves alright - waves of plastic, going out about 100 yards into the ocean....

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NJPN on-line conference - Post-pandemic Church

A mini-conference by zoom has been organised by the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales (NJPN) in place of the postponed NJPN annual gathering in mid-July. More than 200 people are already registered.

Post-pandemic Church: Paralysed or Energised? Recovered or Re-imagined?

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Campaigners condemn 'morally bankrupt' arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Last summer the Campaign Against The Arms Trade group won an important legal victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, potentially for use in Yemen, were 'irrational and therefore unlawful'. Government-issued licences for the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia were to be suspended.

There have been powerful actions by dockworkers in Italy and elsewhere in E...

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UK faith leaders call for environment-focused economic recovery

As part of London Climate Action Week, representatives from UK faith groups have signed an open letter to the UK Government urging it to ensure that its economic recovery strategy is centred on the urgent need to reduce the impact of climate change.

In the letter, the signatories, some of whom are members of the 'Faith for the Climate' network, also commit to the goals of the Laudato Si e...

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Campaigners call on UK government to stop arming Israel

Innocent victim,  Rafif Qaraeen, 4, killed eating dinner at home

Campaigners have called on the UK government to stop all arms sales and military support for Israel. This comes as Israeli forces prepare to begin an annexation of large parts of the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the plan and called it illegal.

This follows years of increased tensions and atrocities: including shootings at protests on the Gaza border i...

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CARJ welcomes government promise to implement latest Windrush recommendations

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) has released the following statement:

The Windrush Lessons Learned Review led by Wendy Williams was published on 30 March 2020 with 30 recommendations. The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has accepted all 30 recommendations and promised to implement them. This announcement by the Home Secretary is very welcome.

The Government...

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Caring for Creation

"Then, one day, the lockdown restrictions were lifted...People went back to the places they had missed and spent time with friends and family there. They had picnics, played games and drank into the night. They were happy again...and the Earth wept" (Jen Worsley).

Our Earth weeps as people continue, for example, to litter indiscriminately. Many persons have been sharing photos on...

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Columbans pledge to support Plastic-Free July

Members of the St Columban Missionary Society in Britain are pleased to be supporting this year's Plastic Free July initiative; a global movement designed to raise awareness of single use plastic and encourage people to refuse single use plastic, opting instead for more sustainable alternatives.

The Columbans in Britain already work in a number of ways to reduce their plastic consumption....

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Growing network supports communities devastated by mining

Community in Philippines block drilling machine from mining company

The London Mining Network held its 2020 AGM last week using a Zoom meeting. The network works in solidarity with communities around the world harmed by London-linked mining companies. From the beginning, it has had close links with the Church. Member groups include the Columban Missionary Society and the Ecumenical Council for Social Responsibility. It is part-funded by the Passionists.

A...

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JRS report: Immigration detention destroys sense of humanity

Catholic charity Jesuit Refugee Service UK has today released a report which finds that the indefinite and arbitrary process of immigration detention destroys a person's sense of humanity, and fosters a culture of death, suicide and self-harm; causing long-term damage to physical and mental health. 'Detained and Dehumanised: The impact of immigration detention' draws from the accounts ...

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