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: A Mass Sleepout

Sleep in the Park – a mass sleep-out to end homelessness in Scotland. For Good.
Saturday 9th December 2017
Social Bite, a proactive charity working around Scotland with and for homeless people, is organising the world's largest ever sleep-out and are hoping to attract 9,000 people to Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens. The charity hopes that by raising funds and working together, the people of Scotland will create such an impetus that homelessness will be eradicated over a five-year period.


Image: Down and Out in Glasgow

This week's blog is written by Thomas Catterson, a volunteer at the Glasgow Night Shelter for destitute asylum seekers and refugees.  A very thought provoking read in which Tommy gives his personal insight into the daily struggles of those seeking sanctuary in our country.   Read More...

Image: Open Letter in support of the Nuclear Ban Treaty

As the United Nations open the historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty for signatures, church leaders in the UK have signed an open-letter, coordinated by Christian CND, calling for the government to sign up.

Read the letter   

Image: Death in Detention Emergency Demonstration Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees


On Tuesday morning a Chinese man was found dead at Dungavel Detention Centre. This is the second suicide at a detention centre in the last fortnight. It also comes hard on the heels of the Panorama expose of conditions within Harmomdsworth Detention Centre. 
An emergency demonstration has been organised for Saturday 24th September.

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre
Strathaven ML10 6RF
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Further details on Facebook


Image: Holy See ratifies treaty on the prohibition of nuclear arms

On a day in which Pope Francis tweeted: 'I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples' - the Holy See became one of the first entities to sign and ratify a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of and on behalf of Vatican City State.

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Image: Vatican urges refugee response

Scottish Faith Action for Refugees are reporting in their current newsletter how His Holiness Pope Francis has issued a message in preparation for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14 January 2018, Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees.   Read More...

Image: Scotland's commitment shown through Syrian resettlement statistics

It is two year's since the photograph of 3 year old Alan Kurdi prompted moral outrage and political reaction.  The Prime Minister at the time, David Cameron, announced that the UK would offer direct resettlement to up to 20,000 vulnerable Syrians living in refugee camps over a five year period reports SFAR.     Read More...

Image: Give Me Five: Petition

The “Give Me Five” campaign aims to lift 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by increasing child benefit by £5 a week per child. While the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill is welcomed, setting out as it does ambitious targets to eradicate child poverty in Scotland by 2030, this campaign seeks urgent action now to meet the needs of the 260,000 children living in poverty in Scotland today.  

To add your support to the campaign please sign the petition and write to you MSP here   Read More...

Image: Give Me Five: Paper Petition

Download a paper petition here  

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...


01/09/2017 11:00 Season of Creation
18/09/2017 00:00 Take One Action Film Festival
22/09/2017 International Migrants Day
23/09/2017 09:30 Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Patrick Geddes: 'spirit-in-action'
24/09/2017 15:30 Dances of Universal Peace
27/09/2017 00:00 World Tourism Day
28/09/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
30/09/2017 09:30 2-Day Retreat: From Mindfulness to Heartfulness
02/10/2017 11:00 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
06/10/2017 09:30 3-Day In-depth Retreat and Contemplative Concert with Chloe Goodchild. Retreat Title: The Naked Voic
07/10/2017 10:00 More Slaves Today than at any Time in Human History’ Exchanging Scottish...
12/10/2017 Stories from the Edge
12/10/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
13/10/2017 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
14/10/2017 09:30 Day Conference: Spiritualities and the Sacredness of the Divine Feminine and Masculine
15/10/2017 UN International Day of Rural Women
15/10/2017 00:00 Challenge Poverty Week
16/10/2017 world food day
17/10/2017 Internatioanl Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18/10/2017 UK Anti-Slavery Day
21/10/2017 09:30 Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Spiritual and Integral Ecology Perspectives on Art,
22/10/2017 16:00 Edinburgh 5 Hour Kirtan
24/10/2017 United Nations Day
24/10/2017 19:30 Faith based responses to refugee integration in West Lothian
26/10/2017 18:00 Making a Place We Can All Call Home:
28/10/2017 09:30 2-Day Retreat: Trapezes, Clowns and Masks: the Life and Spiritual Vision of Henri J. M. Nouwen.
28/10/2017 10:30 Church and Peace Regional Gathering

Last updated: 25 September 2017

Click to see the Justice and Peace Scotland Blog

Our latest blog is an insight into the daily struggles of destitute asylum seekers struggling to survive on our city streets.

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

This month's campaign is on Libyan Slave Markets.

Call to Close Libyan Slave Markets - (Freedom United)

Image: Call to Close Libyan Slave Markets  - (Freedom United)

To sign a pledge demanding the closure of Libyan slave markets, see:

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

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.