Justice & Peace Scotland



Striving for Social Justice.

The National Commission for Justice and Peace advises the Scottish Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in matters relating to social justice, international peace and human rights, and promotes action in these areas.



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Image: How Orkney leads the way for sustainable energy

A tech revolution – and an abundance of wind and waves – mean that the people of Orkney now produce more electricity than they can use.   Read More...

Image: Mother Earth

In this week's blog Sister Isabel Smyth reflects on 'Mother Earth' and how the inherent rights of nature are being recognised in the law.   Read More...

Image: Climate change school strike by 13-year-old Scottish pupil

A 13-year-old Scottish pupil is starting a week of strike action outside her school to protest over the lack of progress on climate change.  The Herald.   Read More...

Image: Inaugural World Forum on Climate Justice to be held in Glasgow 19th - 21st June 2019

The inaugural World Forum on Climate Justice will be held in Glasgow in June 2019 and aims to bring together leading civil society groups, academics, business representatives, members of the public, and policymakers to foster new thinking and explore pressing topics in climate justice advocacy, research, policy and practice as we adapt to reach the 1.5°C goal.​   Read More...

Image: Vatican provides cold weather shelter for homeless and their pets

Because of the cold weather in Rome, the Vatican has stepped up its aid to the homeless. Temperatures are currently falling below zero degrees at night.   Read More...

Image: Drink firms and supermarkets in bid to sink deposit return scheme

SUPERMARKETS and drinks companies have been attempting to block a recycling scheme planned by the Scottish Government, prompting campaigners to urge them to “shut up” and not “peddle myths”.  Article in The National.   Read More...

Image: English and Welsh Bishops release a statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for Migration and Asylum in England and Wales has issued a statement on the government’s forthcoming Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK.  ICN report.   Read More...

Image: Families Can't Wait

Justice and Peace Scotland’s vice chair & commissioner for Argyll & the Isles, Marian Pallister, reflects on our on-going Give Me Five campaign.   Read More...

Image: Bishops to visit Holy Land in support of local Christians

Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, including Bishop Nolan - President of Justice and Peace Scotland, will be making their annual visit in support of Christians in Israel and Palestine next week. This year, they will be focusing on the theme: "Christians in Israel; challenges and opportunities."  Report in ICN 

Image: Winter edition of 'Spark' now available

The latest edition of Church Action on Poverty newsletter, 'Spark' is out now.  Among other articles read about the couple who were left homeless by Universal Credit, and delivered End Hunger UK's petition to the Prime Minister.   Read More...

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Pope Francis urges Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against climate change and the ecological crisis. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a stirring call to care for our common home.

Justice and Peace Scotland is encouraging our friends and supporters to answer this call. Each month we will look at a different environmental issue and provide some sources of information and ideas for action – for us, our family and our community.

This month’s issue is:  Consumption: reduce, recycle, reuse


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In this week's blog Sister Isabel Smyth reflects on 'Mother Earth' and how the inherent rights of nature are being recognised in the law


Campaign of the Month

Every month, Justice and Peace Scotland highlights a campaign on which you can take action

January 2019 Campaign:  

To call on world leaders to protect biodiversity



Further campaigns are listed on our Get Involved page. Click here to Get Involved!

Last updated: 21 January 2019

Important Resources

Image: Bishop Nolan's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace

In Scotland the Day of Prayer for Peace takes place on Sunday 6th January 2019, The Feast of the Epiphany. The theme of this year's letter for the Day of Prayer for Peace is “political engagement”.

Image: pope Francis Message for the 52nd World Day of Peace

Pope Francis has published his message for the 52nd World Day of Peace which takes place on 1st January 2019.  The theme of this years message is: Good politics is at the service of peace. /Read the letter here. 

Image: Give Me Five Coalition Letter pre-budget 2018

Give Me Five coalition organisations sign a letter to the Scottish Government ahead of their 2018 budget asking for urgency in roling out 'Income Support' for struggling families.  

Image: Catholic Social Teaching Quotes for 2019

The Catholic Social Teaching qoutes for 2019 are now available!  These quotes are linked to the mass themes or significant social justice dates in the calendar.  Please share them widely, perhaps including them in newsletters, bulletins or prayer group reflections etc.

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