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: Bishop praises anti-nuke campaigners as a ‘thorn’ in establishment’s side
24/04/2019
Bishop praises anti-nuke campaigners as a ‘thorn’ in establishment’s side

Bishop William Nolan praised peace campaigners as a ‘thorn in the side of UK government, the establishment and the military’ as he took part in a protest outside the UK’s nuclear weapons base. Scottish Catholic Observer.
 

Image: Threat of nuclear weapons use has risen, says Lords Committee
24/04/2019
Threat of nuclear weapons use has risen, says Lords Committee

Just days before states convene for the 2019 Preparatory Committee of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the UN in New York, the House of Lords International Relations Committee has called on the Government to address grave concerns about the deteriorating state of nuclear diplomacy.

Image: 7 suicide attackers behind 6 Sri Lanka blasts
23/04/2019
7 suicide attackers behind 6 Sri Lanka blasts

The coordinated Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 200 people, were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath, a government official said.  CRUX (picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP.)

Image: Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act
23/04/2019
Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, has given her support for a general strike for the climate, saying the student movement she inspired needs more support from older generations to ensure politicians keep their promises under the Paris agreement. The Guardian.

Image: Ecumenical Church Network Condemns 13 Billion Euros for the Arms Industry.
23/04/2019
Ecumenical Church Network Condemns 13 Billion Euros for the Arms Industry.

Church and Peace, The Ecumenical Peace Church Network have released the following statement condemning the European Parliament decision to sanction 13 billion euros on military research, including in nuclear weapons.

Image: Bridge Hotel, - A Calais update
19/04/2019
Bridge Hotel, - A Calais update

Alex Holmes updates us once again on the situation on the ground in Calais in this week's blog.  

Image: UK's biggest money manager warns on climate catastrophe
17/04/2019
UK's biggest money manager warns on climate catastrophe

The world is facing a climate catastrophe and businesses around the world must address it urgently or face the ultimate sanction for a public company, shareholders who refuse to back them any more.  BBC

Image: In Whose Interest?  The UK’s role in privatising education around the world
17/04/2019
In Whose Interest? The UK’s role in privatising education around the world

Global Justice Now have produced this report looking at what the privatisation of education means for children and young people around the world.  The findings conclude that the privatisation of education at home and abroad will not support the realisation  of SDG4.

Day of Reflection

Justice and Peace Scotland invites you to
A Day of Reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si Care for ou Common Home

Saturday 21st September 2019
10:00am to 4:30pm
Blythswood Hall, Renfield St Stephens Centre, Bath St, Glasgow
Coffee and Registration from 10:00am

Cost £10 Lunch provided.

To book your place through Eventbrite click here
 

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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:  Carbon Offsetting 

Campaign of the Month

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

April 2019 Campaign:

Help The Environment - PLANT A TREE IN THE CALEDONIAN FOREST

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

Last updated: 24 April 2019

Important Resources


Image: Home Affiairs Committee Immigration Detention Report 2019




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.