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: Communications Sunday 28th May 2017

Positive communication is the way to achieve justice and peace, as Peter Kearney, director of the Catholic Media Office in Scotland reflects ahead of Communications Sunday.   Read More...

Image: Scotland needs new child poverty targets say MSPs

Targets aimed at reducing child poverty in Scotland are too 'long range' according to a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee.   Read More...

Image: Plastic Pollution - Petition to the Scottish Government

Please take a minute to sign this petition urging the Scottish Government to create a bottle deposit return scheme in Scotland to help deal with the plastic pollution problem.   Read More...

Image: Come Spirit of Peace

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on Christians worldwide to join in prayer for just peace in the Holy Land by taking part in a Pentecost prayer service.   Read More...

Image: Respectful Dialogue in Politics

Anthony Horan, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, writes our latest blog in which he focuses on the message from Scotlands Bishops in their Pre-election letter  urging politicians to engage in respectful dialogue.    Read More...

Image: Traffickers and smugglers exploit record rise in unaccompanied child refugees

Slavery and prostitution among horrors faced by child refugees and migrants after fivefold increase in number of lone minors crossing borders since 2010-11   Read More...

Image: Calls to extend Bangladesh Accord to protect garment workers

May 2017 is the fourth anniversary of the first major binding supply chain agreement ever implemented in the apparel industry for overseas suppliers: the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Accord secured a contractual commitment by brands to stand by their suppliers and ensure safety repairs would be completed and reported on transparently, among other things, after years of brands’ struggling with a cut-and-run approach to supply chain monitoring.   Read More...

Image: Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland Pre-election letter

Society “will be judged on how it treats its poorest and most vulnerable citizens” say Scotland’s Catholic Bishops in pre-election letter.   Read More...

Image: Africa's New Slave Trade

Six months after Muhammed Yusuf had been sold, tortured and forced to watch as a friend died, he found himself back at the parched, dusty bus station where his ordeal began, facing the man who had made him a slave.   Read More...

Image: Launch of Centre for Theology and Justice – Connecting faith and action

“We are all on a journey with God towards a vision of God's kingdom of justice, of shalom. The Centre for Theology and Justice seeks to respond to the questions we encounter on that journey.  We do not journey alone, we journey together, sharing ideas, resources and engaging in theological reflection.”

Last updated: 26 May 2017

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This week Peter Kearney writes our latest blog on the importance of dialogue ahead of Communications Sunday on 28th May 2017

Fr Donal Dorr Interview

Fr Donal Dorr
Fr Donal Dorr is a hero for many of us. Missionary, theologian, he’s a man who has spent four decades empowering grassroots activists working for justice and caring for the environment.  And he agreed to travel from Dublin to be the keynote speaker at our event.  Listen to the full interview below.

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.

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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.