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: Tell the Scottish Government to finish with fossil fuels

Rich countries like ours have grown wealthy through our use of cheap, fossil fuel energy. But in doing that, we’ve pushed the planet to the brink of irreversible climate change. Lobbying by big business, and an economic system that puts profit before people and the planet, are making the problem worse.   Read More...

Image: Child poverty report prompts calls from bishops to end benefits freeze

An article in the Church Times indicates that Church of England Bishops are growing concerned after the Child Poverty Action Group reported that some parents were no longer able to meet the costs of caring for their children   

Image: Pope Francis: prioritise migrants' dignity over national security

The Guardian reports that Pope Francis has issued a 20-point action plan to governments on refugees and migrants to try to galvanise their response to an issue seen by the Vatican as one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century.

Click on linbk for the text of the Action Plan



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: World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018: Pope's Message

Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees was released on Monday 21st August.

In the message the Holy Father says that providing aid to migrants and refugees is a "great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities."

Text of Message   

Image: No-one is born hating 180 years on - what’s changed?

A reflection by Marian Pallister, vice chair of Justice and Peace Scotland and Justice & Peace commissioner for Argyll & the Isles.   Read More...

Image: Statement from Catholic Bishops of America

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops President and Domestic Justice Chairman Call for Prayer and Unity in Response to Deadly Charlottesville Attack.   Read More...

Image: Fish confusing plastic debris in ocean for food.

The Guardian reports on worrying new research showing behavioural evidence which suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food.   Read More...

Image: Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope Francis has encouraged everyone to take part in a Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on 1st September every year.  Here is The Laudato Si litany prayer and also information on how to organise a prayer service.


Image: Rabbi Lerner on anti-Semitism and racism after Charlottesville

Rabbi Michael Lerner from the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and editor of Tikkun magazine writes: Many of us spiritual progressives have been in deep grief for the loss of life of Heather Heyer, the woman killed by a Nazi fanatic who also wounded 19 other anti-racist activists.   Read More...

Last updated: 23 August 2017

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'No-one is born hating'  is the title of our new blog, a personal reflection on the rising racial tensions in the US by Marian Pallister. 




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.