Justice & Peace Scotland



Striving for Social JusticeThe 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: Building communities of welcome

In our latest blog, Iain Johnston, Director of Faith in Community Scotland, reflects on one of the charity’s projects which seeks to build community amongst people leaving prison.   Read More...

Image: Holiday hunger is a human rights issue— Scotland’s children have the right to food

Máire McCormack part of the commission for Children and Young People Scotland writes about children from low-income families going hungry during the school holidays.   Read More...

Image: Scotland's Nonviolence Conference hears message of peace

Read the Independent Catholic News report on the first Scottish Nonviolence Conference at Kinnoul, Perth 14th-16th July 2017.  The true message of Christianity is nonviolence towards all humans, animals and the Earth, according to renowned American priest and peace activist John Dear.   Read More...

Image: Indefinite detention is dehumanising for refugees. This practice must end

In our interconnected world, it is such a truism that everyone has a story to tell that we rarely ask to hear them. We should. Both sides would benefit.   Read More...

Image: Joint Statement on Nuclear Disarmament

Justitia et Pax Europa, Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions and the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have relased a joint statement on nuclear disarmament - Seeking Human Security.     Read More...

Image: Pope Francis: “It is irresponsible to pollute water and air”

A new article in Independent Catholic News tells how Pope Francis has called the shortage of accessible clean water, a 'fundamental right'. Recalling that about two billion people in the world still have no access to it, he reflects that, "when it is not given the deserving attention, it turns into a source of illness and endangers millions of lives".   Read More...

Image: Strength from No Religion

George Allan of The Wayside Club for the vulnerable and homeless in Glasgow writes our new blog.  Described by the late Cardinal Winning as "The Jewel in the crown of the Archdiocese of Glasgow" the Wayside Club epitomises Pope Francis' recent message when announcing the 1st World Day of the Poor on 19th November 2017, "Love not in word but in deed".   Read More...

Image: Apostleship of the Sea
To mark Sea Sunday on 9th July, our new blog is written by Doug Duncan of Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), an agency of the Catholic Church that looks after the faith, pastoral and practical needs of seafarers.  Doug has been supporting the stranded Indian crew of a ship detained in Aberdeen since June 2016. 
Image: Weekly Catholic Social Teaching Quotes

Relaunch of our Catholic Social Teaching Quotes - ideal for parish bulletins!

Quotes selected to match Mass readings or upcoming social justice dates.   Read More...

Image: Sign the Laudato Si pledge to care for our common home

In celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si’, GCCM launched a Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign to keep the Pontiff’s message alive and encourage mass Catholic action to address the climate crisis.   Read More...

Last updated: 21 July 2017

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This week our new  blog is written by Iain Johnson of Faith in Community Scotland.   Read about the marvellous work they do with people about to leave prison.



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.