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: A shift in the Catholic Church position on deterrence and possession of nuclear weapons

Pat Gaffney of Pax Christi writes this week's blog on her involvement in the recent vatican conference on nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Image: Conference Report - Stories from the Edge

Feeding back from the conference which took place in October 2017, this report explores how faith communities in post-industrial towns across Scotland are helping to build a Good Society through social action to tackle the effects of poverty.

Image: Advent Toolkit

During the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to deepen our own sense of love for the world.  Protecting creation and vulnerable people is an important way to love.   Read More...

Image: Tax avoidance by large companies is wrong say 89% of British adults

Almost nine out of 10 (89%) of British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it's legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid. The poll is published ahead of the Budget, which is expected to include new measures against tax avoidance following further revelations made in the Paradise Papers.   Read More...

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SCIAF and Justice & Peace Scotland plan to produce a directory of organisations involved in work for the poor in Scotland and abroad. Those who wish to heed the Pope’s call to practical action by volunteering will be able to use the directory to identify those organisations and to make direct contact with them.

If you would like your organisation, no matter its size, to be listed in this directory, click here to complete a short form


Image: Calais in 2017

Alex Holmes writes this week's blog, a very powerful account of his time living and working with refugees in Calais.  Don't miss this first hand account of life in Calais.     Read More...

Image: Scottish Faith Action for Refugees

Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees is looking for 3 enthusiastic and dedicated individuals from different faith, religion and belief backgrounds who would like to contribute to and shape an integration project for refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants in Edinburgh.


Image: Pope Francis speaks out against possessing nuclear weapons.

Pope Francis openly condemns possession of nuclear weapons and moves away from church’s acceptance of deterrence reports PAX.   Read More...

Image: Give Me Five Useful resources for Caritas Students


Justice and Peace Scotland have linked up with the Scottish Catholic Education Service to provide an opportunity for Caritas students to take part in the Give Me £5 campaign aimed at topping up child benefit.

Click on the link for a select list of resources to assist Caritas students involved in this campaign    Read More...

Image: Give Me Five: Petition

The “Give Me Five” campaign aims to lift 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by increasing child benefit by £5 a week per child. While the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is welcomed, setting out as it does ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030, this campaign seeks urgent action now to meet the needs of the 260,000 children living in poverty in Scotland today.  

To add your support to the campaign please sign the petition and write to you MSP here


Last updated: 24 November 2017

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This week our blog is written by Pat Gaffney on her attendance at the recent Vatican confernece on nuclear weapons.




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

November's campaign is on the Rohingya in Burma

To call on the UN Secretary General to go to Burma to persuade the Government to let aid in, see:

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

Important Resources

Image: Divest your church: new resources

Does your church have investments in fossil fuel companies? Ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in? A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further details


Image: Terrorist Attack in London

Glasgow Churches Together have responded to the terrorist attack in London by producing a prayer service.

Access on GCT website

Image: New US Administration

The Sisters of St Joseph of Boston have put together a prayer calendar for the first 100 days of the new administration.

The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. 

Download the calendar here.

Image: Alarming number of trafficked children going missing from care

Trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are going missing from UK care at an “alarmingly high” rate, leading charities ECPAT UK and Missing People have said in a new report. The report, entitled Heading back to harm: A study on trafficked and unaccompanied children going missing from care in the UK, has found that more than a quarter of all trafficked children and over 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing at least once in the year to September 2015, while 207 have not been found.


Read the Report

Image: Justice and Peace Sunday, 8th January, 2017
Letter to all parishes from Bishop Nolan.


In his letter to parishes, Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, President of the Justice and Commission, reflects on the need for peace in our world.