The Commission aims to inform on the theology, spirituality and practice of Justice & Peace throughout the Birmingham Roman Catholic Archdiocese and provide the Archbishop with advice when required in matters regarding Justice & Peace.
The Commission particularly encourages parishes and schools to get involved in the Justice & Peace movement. It covers areas as diverse as global issues such as cancelling the debts of the world's poorest countries; the International Peace movement; environmental issues; housing; homelessness; supporting refugees and asylum seekers and human rights.
Within this site you can find information about important dates within the Justice & Peace year, links to other agencies involved with Justice & Peace and resources to download to help in your existing or new Justice & Peace activities.
An experience of Iraq and South Sudan
Bishop William Kenney at St John the Evangelist parish, Banbury, OX16 9AF
from 7.15 p.m. Click here for details.
26th February, 2017
Church Action on Poverty Sunday
On Church Action on Poverty Sunday, you can help transform and transfigure the church: Pope Francis and other church leaders have called on Christians to build communities that put the poorest first. Church Action on Poverty helps churches to respond to that call, so that we can work together to become a truly “poor Church for the poor”.
Monday 27th February - Sunday 12th March 2017: FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
Click here for the Fairtrade Fortnight Action Guide
BE A FAIRTRADE PARISH! Now is the time to prepare to promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Three-quarters of the parishes in our Diocese are NOT Fairtrade Parishes!
If your parish is one of these, is this the time to become a Fairtrade Parish?
Working to become a Fairtrade Parish is a great way to get more people buying and using Fair trade products in their everyday lives.
The Fairtrade Foundation has worked with CAFOD to set three goals for becoming a Fairtrade Parish, which are easy to attain.
You can get information and an application form to be a Fairtrade Parish from here
and general information about Fairtrade at:
Saturday 18th March:
J&P / CARITS AoB Lent Retreat
Father Tom O’Reilly, Columban Missionaries Britain.
St Paul’s Convent, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7LL,
10.30am to 4pm.
Donation requested £5/10 if you can afford it, to be collected on the day.
Bring your own packed lunch; tea and coffee will be provided.
Please register your intention to attend here.
Lent 2017: March 1st - April 12th
Reflection material for Lent with the Pope's Encyclical Laudato Si', Care for Our Common Home:
1. Study and Action Guide of Individuals and Small Groups by Columbans - click here
2. Study materials prepared by Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission and Liverpool CAFOD - click here
You can download the Pope's Encyclical here, too.
A Lenten Journey: Daily Actions and Reflections based on the Scripture Readings from National Justice & Peace Network are available here.
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July 2017
National Justice and Peace Network Annual Conference 2017
"A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis"
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Click for full details and booking form etc here
Statements by the Columban Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation team added to our [Position Statements] page
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
You Are Not Forgotten: Final Statement of the 2016 Coordination of Bishops’ Conferences in support of the Church in the Holy Land - click here.
Refugee Crisis-Ways to help
Catholic Bishops' Conference: Refugee Crisis - Open Your Hearts
If you are an individual wishing to host, please sign up to host refugees here:
Room for Refugees offers temporary (free) shelter in people’s homes to people from refugee communities who have no recourse to public funds or emergency housing. They prioritise safe hosting.
Also: No Accommodation Network
Write to your MP
NJPN has a sample letter to send to your MP about ensuring that the Syrian refugee programme in the UK is properly funded and expressing concern at it being funded from the overseas aid budget.
Read the text here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Petitions in support of Calais migrants
The Birmingham RC Archdiocese response to this crisis is outlined in Archbishop Bernard's pastoral letter of October 10th, which can be viewed here, together with the additional information referred to.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales had previously issued a statement on the worsening refugee crisis; it can be read and downloaded here.
CAFOD have issued their response to the crisis; this can also been read and downloaded here.
The Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is funded by the Roman Catholic Archdioces of Birmingham and the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and is a member of the Caritas - Archdiocese of Birmingham Network
Birmingham RC Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission 2015