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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Reflections of an Accidental Activist

This week, John Dornan reflects on a chance meeting which led him on a journey of discovery across continents and communities.  Weekly blog.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorations

Seventy-four years ago, on the 6th August 1945 the United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom, dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing up to 80,000 people with over 70,000 people injured and dying from radiation sickness in the following weeks and months. The city was destroyed and over 100,000 people died from the bomb named "Little Boy".

Three days later, the US dropped "Fat Man" atomic bomb on Nagasaki in Southern Japan, killing nearly 100,000 people - the majority of whom were civilians. 

For details of commemorative events across Scotland, please see the Scottish CND website.

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Environmentalist Christianity
Eco-Congregation Chaplain explains its importance


In the current issue of the Church of Scotland's magazine Life and Work, the Rev David Coleman, chaplain to Eco-Congregation Scotland, explains his role in the organisation and the importance of this work.

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Njila's Plea

Njila Banda is a Zambian journalism student based in Lusaka. His recent assignments have led to this reflection on the effects of climate change on his country.  Weekly blog.

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Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide.  The Guardian.

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Home Office initiative urging charities to give up personal data about non-UK homeless people brande

It echoes a similar plan to deport EU rough sleepers that was deemed unlawful and discriminatory by the high court 18 months ago.  Article in 'i'


Alex Holmes has just returned to Scotland after another trip to Calais, where he volunteers at the Catholic Worker House and he updates us in this week's blog on the everyday desperate reality for those he encounters.    

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Home Office advice on trafficked women from Nigeria sparks outrage

Trafficked women can return to Africa ‘wealthy and held in high regard’, says guidance. The Guardian.

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 4:30pm
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

The Bishops' Committee for Inter-Religious Dialogue and partners 

Invite you to


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: Climate Migration

Campaign of the Month

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

July 2019 Campaign: Guarantee support for all UK slavery victims

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

Last updated: 19 July 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”.

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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. 

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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.