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: Dona Nobis Pacem - The 59th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This week Fr Kevin Dow, Chaplain to the Forces and Justice & Peace Commissioner for  the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh writes our latest blog on his pilgrimage to Lourdes with 20,000 members of the armed forces.   Read More...

Image: Christian peace organisations urge UK participation in UN Nuclear Weapon Ban talks

More than 130 countries are continuing negotiations to outlaw nuclear weapons entirely. A second round of meetings began in New York on 15 June to draft a Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. If approved, this treaty would make it illegal to "develop, produce, manufacture or otherwise acquire" nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Image: Homeless, penniless, stateless and destitute

An independent advocacy service could be a first step in a new preventative approach to tackling the destitution facing asylum seekers in Scotland.   Read More...

Image: Scottish Nonviolence Conference Perth 14th -16th July 2017


There is still time to book your place on Scotland's Nonviolence Conference - "Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence"  at the beautiful St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoul, Perth from Friday 14th July - Sunday 16th July 2017.  Day or weekend passes available.    Read More...

Image: A Colloquium on Judaism

An opportunity to reflect on and deepen our understanding of Judaism. The colloquium will be lead by Fr. David NeuhausS.J., Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel and Pastoral Coordinator for migrants.

Friday 25th–Saturday 26thAugust 2017
ConfortiInstitute, Calder Avenue, Coatbridge, ML5 4JS  

Image: 'Make friends with people from other religions' say Faith Leaders

Leaders of the world’s major religions released a joint appeal this week calling on people of the world to get to know and make friends with people from other faiths.   Read More...

Image: Laudato Si'

On the second anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis' influential encyclical Laudato Si', Patricia Ferguson of SCIAF writes our latest blog in which she reflects on the papal message and on our collective responsibility to care for our common home.   Read More...

Image: Solidarity on World Refugee Day 2017

What is World Refugee Day?
Every year on June 20, people around the world get together to mark World Refugee Day. It is a powerful way to come together with others to show that we care about refugees and that we want people seeking refugee protection to be treated fairly and with dignity.   Read More...

Image: Pope Francis urges Christians to welcome poor into their homes for lunch

Announcing the 1st World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis invites Christians to “create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance. ”   Read More...

Image: Destitute Immigrants in the UK are threatened with having children removed

Homeless immigrants are being told they can secure housing for their children but not themselves, effectively forcing them to break up their family or sleep rough with their children.   Read More...

Last updated: 23 June 2017

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Chaplain to the forces, Fr Kevin Dow, describes his time in Lourdes this year at the International Military Pilgramage attended by 20,000 military personnel from 41 countries.


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.