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: Give me 5 Useful resources for Caritas Students

A select list of resources to assist Caritas students involved in this campaign.   Read More...

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...

Image: Blessed Oscar Romero

15th August 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero and, in a fitting tribute to him, SCIAF will adopt him as their patron on this day also.  To mark these events Patricia Ferguson of SCIAF has written our new blog on the life and legacy of Archbishop Romero.   Read More...

Image: Faith leaders pray for world peace in Japan

Religious leaders have met in Japan to pray for peace in the world and as a response to Pope Francis asking them to foster dialogue, friendship and peace.   Read More...

Image: Tens of thousands' of modern slavery victims in UK

Modern slavery and human trafficking is far more prevalent than previously thought, with a recent crackdown lifting the lid on the scale of the crime and potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK, the National Crime Agency has said.   Read More...

Image: ICAN Parliamentary Pledge

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons have produced a pledge which they are asking all politicians to sign for the elimination of nuclear weapons.   Read More...

Last updated: 22 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.