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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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Image: Laudato Si’ Week 12 - 19 June Global Catholic Climate Movement
Nearly one year ago, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. The encyclical issued an unprecedented call to “address every person living on this planet” about the climate and environmental crisis. This transformative and historic document was to influence the Paris Agreement and our Catholic community's engagement with the ecological issue.   Read More...
Image: Witness for Peace - Faslane Justice and Peace will be joining Scottish Christians Against Nuclear Arms, for their annual 'Witness for Peace' outside the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base at 12 noon on Saturday 14 May. Please join us.    Read More...
Image:  Child refugees: new proposal  returns to House of Commons Please email your MP
After a narrow defeat in the House of Commons by 18 votes on Monday 25 April, an amendment to the immigration bill will return to the House of Commons most probably the week beginning 9 May. Please email your MP immediately asking them to support this amendment, which will ask the Government to resettle “a specified number” of children in consultation with local councils.   Read More...
Image: Britain must not turn its back on child refugees in Europe Please sign this petition as a matter of urgency. The Government should accept the call to give sanctuary to child refugees who are alone and at risk in Europe.   Read More...
Image: Destitution in the UK A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
1.25m people, including over 300k children, are destitute. This report defines destitution in the UK, looking at how many people are affected, who they are, and the main pathways in and out of destitution. It looks at the impact and experience of those people directly affected.   Read More...
Image: Civilians pay ultimate price yet again as Syria military & armed groups clash in Aleppo Apparently unlawful attacks by government and armed groups around Aleppo in Syria have killed at least 89 civilians since April 22, 2016. Despite the rising casualties, Western leaders meeting in Hannover, Germany, on April 25 missed an opportunity to focus on the need to protect civilians in Syria. (Human Rights Watch)   Read More...
Image: 'Race against time' says UN chief as Paris climate accord signed With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Bishops urge Catholics to 'be active participants in shaping a better society' In a letter which was read in all of Scotland’s 500 Catholic parishes on the weekend of 9/10 April, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops urged parishioners to be 'active participants in shaping a better society' not simply 'passive spectators' they also encouraged greater participation in the political process, suggesting; 'you might well consider it worthwhile to join a political party'.   Read More...
Part time Social Justice Co-ordinator
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.   It works in accordance with the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.  This post will be at once challenging and rewarding.  The postholder will be expected to motivate, reinvigorate and co-ordinate the existing work of the commission, as well as encourage new activity in the area of Justice and Peace in Scotland   Read More...


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