Justice, Peace & Environment

This category contains 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.

Christian Aid condemns 'climate villains' Saudi Arabia, Russia, USA 'that imperil the world'

Coal-fired power station in Poland

Christian Aid have responded to the events at the UN climate summit in Poland where the USA, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait blocked the other 193 assembled countries from 'welcoming' the recent IPCC report, even though the report had been requested by COP21 in Paris in 2015. The United States had even rejected the science itself, standing alone among all the world's countries in refusing to en...

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Natural solutions for climate change a better bet than sci-fi schemes says Christian Aid report

Following calls this week from Japanese businesses for their country to set a net-zero emissions target by 2050, and the UK government seeking formal advice on its own net-zero target, Christian Aid has released a report examining the various options for creating negative emissions.

Like the waste hierarchy of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' resources, including energy, should be 'used less, use...

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Faith groups at COP-24 advocate for just transitions

Photo: Aneta Loj

Faith-based groups gathered on the eve of the opening of the United Nations climate conference, in Katowice, Poland, for an Interfaith Talanoa Dialogue to take stock of the collective global efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Talanoa Dialogue is a process designed to help countries implement and enhance nationally determined contributions to combat climate change by 2020...

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CAFOD: Action and ambition needed on climate change

As the COP24 Climate Conference continues in Poland, CAFOD the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, stresses the importance of committing to renewable energy and what message it is bringing to this summit.

A new report launched on Wednesday, as the COP24 climate talks continue in Katowice, Poland, found that Denmark and Britain are the top countries when it c...

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COP24: Global church bodies urge transformative action to protect most vulnerable

As the United Nations (UN) climate summit kicks off in Katowice, Poland, global church organizations World Council of Churches (WCC), The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and ACT Alliance have called for renewed global solidarity and urgency of action to support the communities at the frontline of climate change impacts.

"There is no more time to waste in short-term self-interestedness," s...

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COP-24: A 'just transition' to a cleaner, greener, economy will bring benefits to the world

Mohamed Adow

Today at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, the host nation is launching a declaration on creating a 'just transition' for fossil fuel reliant communities as the world weans itself off climate harming industries like coal.

Christian Aid's International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow, said that developed and developing countries have nothing to fear from the transition to a climate fri...

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Pope Francis: Peace is everyone's responsibility

Pope Francis met with the Citadel of Peace Association today, and praised their work in the field of conflict resolution and supporting their Appeal to the UN. The Citadel of Peace Association was founded 20 years ago by Franco Vaccari who had an interest in conflict resolution. Mr Vaccari took the formerly abandoned Italian village of Rondine in Tuscany and turned it into a centre ...

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Poland: Address by Cardinal Parolin to COP-24 climate conference

Cardinal Parolin

His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State made the following intervention today, on behalf of Pope Francis to the COP-24 climate change conference meeting in Katowice, Poland.

On behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis, I extend a cordial greeting to all of you and wish to assure you of his closeness, support and encouragement in these days of intense effort for a frui...

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COP-24 climate summit sponsored by coal companies is 'slap in the face' to delegates says Christian Aid

Coal-fired power station in Poland

Christian Aid has criticised the Polish hosts of next week's UN climate summit in Katowice for unpresidential behaviour by allowing coal companies to sponsor the crucial meeting that will seek to tackle a climate crisis fuelled by the burning of fossil fuels.

The summit hopes to deliver a rulebook for assessing the national pledges that make up the Paris Agreement while also pushing count...

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Columban Missionaries on opening of COP 24 in Poland

The Columban General Council, on the opening of the United Nations' COP24 hosted in Katowice, Poland, wishes to send a message urging governments to take meaningful action that ensures global warming will not exceed 1.5C. which includes a rapid and just transition to clean, renewable, and sustainable energy use by all.

In October 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) r...

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London: Pax Christi Advent Peace Service and Christmas Market

Pax Christi will hold its Annual Advent Peace Service on Tuesday 11 December at 7pm at St Aloysius Church, Phoenix Road, Euston, London. This popular event will focus on Advent and the call to peace. Music will be led by Julie McCann.

Following the service there will be an alternative Christmas Market with goods from the Philippines, Palestine, Congo as well as Fair Traded goods and a sel...

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European churches call for urgent action on climate change

Earth seen from Apollo 17 - Wiki image

An alliance of European Churches - the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches (WCC) and Bread for the World - is appealing to world leaders to take swift and coordinated action to limit global warming to 1.5°C as a humanitarian and ethical obligation. "As faith-based organisations we are very concerned that marginalised, vulnerable, and poor people ...

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Thirty CAFOD campaigners head to Poland to call for action on climate change

Thirty CAFOD campaigners from around England and Wales will be embarking on a trip to Poland in December to represent the Catholic community at a major UN conference.

The 30 campaigners - who are aged from 18 to 75 - will travel to Katowice, Poland, from the 5-11 December for the 24th Conference of the Parties - known as COP24.

Passionate about tackling climate change, the group are...

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