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: Welcome or not Welcome – How do we decide and whose lives matter?

In this week's blog, Grace Buckley reflects on two recent tragic news stories and the differing responses they generated.     Read More...

Image: Transforming Poverty

Using Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake, our new course Transforming Poverty brings church groups together to talk, think and pray about local people's struggles with poverty (including your own). It will help you look at how the Bible and your faith in Jesus guide you to respond.  It's a great resource for Lent, or for house groups and study groups at any time of year.   Read More...

Image: Shamima Begum and the possibility of restoration

Seeking an answer to Shamima Begum’s plea to come home, Anna Rowlands finds resources in the work of Simone Weil.  Chruch Times.   Read More...

Image: Forgotten People, Forgotten Places

'Forgotten People, Forgotten Places' is the theme of the 41st Annual National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Conference which will take place 26-28 July 2019 in Derbyshire.

Image: Creating a Climate of Change

Living Lent is about recognising that changing our climate is not just an activity, but a lifestyle.  That’s why this Lent, you are invited to become part of a community who will respond to the call to climate action by making significant personal commitments to changing our lifestyles for the climate.   Read More...

Image: The Common Good on our Common Seas – Copenhagen, May 2019

This week in our blog, Maria Hammershoy of the Danish Justice and Peace commission reflects on the forthcoming Conference on the Seas which she has been instrumental in organising and which she hopes you will take part in.   Read More...

Image: UK pupils to join global strike over climate change crisis

Thousands of pupils to walk out of lessons on Friday 15th February amid growing concern over global warming, Article in the Guardian.   Read More...

Image: Habib was 16 when he arrived in Leicestershire from Afghanistan, this is his story.

Habib was 16 when he arrived in the UK from Afghanistan. It took seven years for the Home Office to decide on his fate.   Read More...

Image: Encounter: Calais

Shirley Gillan took part in the first group of volunteers to Encounter: Calais and very soon after arriving home she put her thoughts down on paper for this week's blog.   Read More...

Image: Pope appeals for children of Yemen ahead of trip to UAE

Pope Francis highlighted "the humanitarian crisis in Yemen", where "the population is exhausted by the long conflict and many children suffer from hunger, but it is not possible to access food stores."  Independent Catholic News.   Read More...

Care for Creation logo

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:  Water


Campaign of the Month

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

February 2019 Campaign:  

Sajid Javid: Stop tearing families apart based on earnings! Scrap minimum income requirement



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

Last updated: 22 February 2019

Important Resources

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.

Image: Encounter : Calais Application Form