Justice & Peace Scotland

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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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16/08/2019
Development Education For All Ages

Julius Nyerere once said: "Take every penny you have set aside for aid for Tanzania and spend it in the UK, explaining to people the facts and causes of poverty.” In this week’s blog, Mark Booker, development officer for SCIAF, echoes the importance of the Tanzanian peace activist’s words.

Image: Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic
15/08/2019
Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic

The scientists said they were shocked by the sheer number of particles they found: more than 10,000 of them per litre in the Arctic.  BBC News.

Image: Shackles and restraints used on hundreds of deportees from UK
14/08/2019
Shackles and restraints used on hundreds of deportees from UK

There were 447 cases where one or more forms of restraint were used between April 2018 and March 2019. Information on restraint using rigid bar handcuffs, leg restraints and waist restraint belts was provided to the Guardian in a freedom of information response.

Image: Glasgow lined up as potential host for COP26
13/08/2019
Glasgow lined up as potential host for COP26

Civil society campaigners have welcomed the news that the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be held in Glasgow, if the UK/Italy joint bid is successful, and say this is an exciting opportunity for Scotland to showcase progress to date while also stepping up and demonstrate to the world that it is serious about meeting the crucial Paris Agreement commitments.

Image: The Sisters of Nagasaki wins international award
09/08/2019
The Sisters of Nagasaki wins international award

A filmmaker from Quebec, Canada, lain Vézina, has received Special Recognition for his documentary THE SISTERS OF NAGASAKI about a group of Catholic nuns who survived the Atomic bomb dropped over Nagasaki, 74 years ago.  ICN Report

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09/08/2019
Food, Glorious Food – or is it?

Food, fellowship, human rights and care for creation, they are all connected.  This week in our blog Grace Buckley tells us why she will never look at food the same way again.

Image: Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC
08/08/2019
Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

UN report finds ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent. Guardian.

Image: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
07/08/2019
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later a second atomic bomb (“Fat Man”) was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. These are the only times nuclear weapons have been used in war.

Day of Reflection

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to
A Day of Reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si Care for ou Common Home

Saturday 21st September 2019
10:00am to 4:00pm
Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephens Centre, Bath St, Glasgow
Coffee and Registration from 10:00am

Cost £10 Lunch provided.

To book your place through Eventbrite click here
 

For enquiries contact Tel: 0141 333 0238
Email:
office@justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk

The Bishops' Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue and partners 

Invite you to

BUILDING A HOME TOGETHER – A COLLOQUIUM ON FAITH IN PUBLIC LIFE

This colloquium offers an opportunity to reflect on what it means for faith communities to join in civil conversations about the kind of society we wish to create.

When:  Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th August 2019

Where:  Conforti Institute, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS

Subsidised by the Xaverian Missionaries - Residential places cost £50.00, non-residential places are £25.00

To Register email frances.gallagher@justiceandpeacescotland.org.uk

 

Speakers List

Looking for a speaker for your group?  Take a look here at our list of speakers willing to speak on a variety of different topics!

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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:Biodiversity


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Julius Nyerere once said: "Take every penny you have set aside for aid for Tanzania and spend it in the UK, explaining to people the facts and causes of poverty.” In this week’s blog, Mark Booker, development officer for SCIAF, echoes the importance of the Tanzanian peace activist’s words.

Campaign of the Month

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

August 2019 Campaign: 

Brazil: End the Amazon Apocalypse

 

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

Last updated: 16 August 2019

Important Resources


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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.