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: Diary of a week spent with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Bishop John Arnold of Salford diocese recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh with CAFOD where he witnessed to the suffering of the Rohingya people there and saw the humanitarian work being done in the area to help these destitute refugees.  Read his daily diary of the trip here.   Read More...

Image: Institutions in Catholic hierarchy divest from fossil fuels

Caritas Internationalis, €7.5 billion Catholic banks, bishops, and others including Sciaf in Scotland, drop investments in energy that drives climate change. GCCM have released the following statement.   Read More...

Image: Damage to Great Barrier Reef From Global Warming Is Irreversible, Scientists Say

An article in The New York Times reveals the true extent of the damage caused to coral in the Great Barrier Reef due to bleaching which took place in 2016 as a result of  climate change.   Read More...

Image: Earth Day - Sunday 22nd April 2018

On 22 April Earth Day, Catholics around the globe are invited to show mercy to our common home through acts of prayer, education, service, and advocacy. This is in support of Pope Francis’ call for renewed commitments to care for creation in his Laudato Si document, in which he asked us to ‘show mercy to our common home’.   Read More...

Image: Windrush citizen will get cancer treatment without having to pay, PM promises

The Guardian reports that Theresa May has told parliament that Albert Thompson, a Londoner denied free NHS cancer treatment despite having lived in the UK for 44 years, will receive the care he needs without having to pay as the government look again at their policy on the Windrush generation.    Read More...

Image: 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide

The Ethical Fashion Guide is a wonderful resource that you can use to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop and buy your clothes from the companies doing more to protect their workers. Vote with your wallet and encourage more companies to end exploitation in their supply chains.   Read More...

Image: World's communities call on Scotland to toughen climate target

As we approach Earth Day this Sunday - April 22nd an article in 'The National' reports on how communities from around the world are calling on Scotland to toughen its target to cut climate pollution in order to safeguard food supplies, protect homes and save lives.  Representatives from Africa, Asia, Alaska and elsewhere say that Scottish ministers should aim to cut emissions to “net zero” by 2050 to help prevent droughts, storms and floods.   Read More...

Image: Statement from the Bishops of Syria

A Statement Issued by the Patriarchates of Antioch and all the East for the Greek Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, and Greek-Melkite Catholics

Damascus, 14 April 2018

God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!   Read More...

Image: No 10 refuses Caribbean request to discuss children of Windrush

A new article in the Guardian reports how British residents are being threatened with deportation to countries they left as children and have not returned to since.   Read More...

Image: Pope Francis is “deeply disturbed” by international failure to reach peace in Syria

Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, reports on Pope Francis's response to the bombing of Syria by America, France and the UK in America - The Jesuit Review publication.   Read More...



Last updated: 26 April 2018


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Sunday 22nd April 2018 is Earth Day and this week our blog is written by John Kane who is encouraging us, this earth day, to walk with Pope Francis and do all that we can to care for our common home and create a safer and fairer world for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campaign of the Month

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

April 2018 Campaign:  Ditch Throwaway Plastic Packaging 

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

Important Resources


Image: Oxfam Report - Uprooted Climate Change Displacement




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