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.
Share the Journey: A new campaign on refugees and migration for 2018
Pope Francis has launched a global campaign, supported by Catholic organisations across the world, called Share the Journey. In 2018, world leaders will agree crucial UN agreements (or ‘compacts’) on refugees and migration, and we need to make sure they act with courage and compassion to uphold the rights of all people forced to flee their homes.
CAFOD is joining the campaign with an attempt to ‘walk around the world’ – 24,900 miles! Between April and June, we’d like your parish to organise a walk, or adapt a planned walk, in solidarity with people forced to flee. The miles you walk will be added to our grand total, and used to show world leaders that we expect them to step up in support of refugees and migrants worldwide too.
Resources to help you reflect on refugee stories, to pray and to take action will be sent to Campaign Volunteers in the next few weeks and will be available to download here. Could you plan now to hold a walk between April and June, leading up to a global week of action from 16-24 June?
Share the Journey conversation-link to really useful video summary by Justice and Peace Scotland of Pope Francis’ 20 Action Points for the compacts on Migration and Refugees at UN General Assembly Sept 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc01w8c_o2I
Lancaster Faith and Justice Commission Parish News Bulletin April 2018
I hope you will be able to take the time to read and share the newsletter.
The newsletter can be downloaded directly on https://tinyurl.com/ybrwr35q Reports mentioned, current and previous newsletters can be downloaded at: http://www.lancasterfaithandjustice.co.uk/newsletter/
Industrial fishing, climate change and pollution - our Antarctic Ocean is facing threats on all of these fronts. The good news is we can help protect the Antarctic by creating a massive ocean sanctuary.
Greenpeace's ship the Arctic Sunrise has just set off for a scientific voyage to the Antarctic. The ship will conduct ground-breaking research to help build a rock-solid case for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
But while our crew is working hard at sea, we need to ramp up the pressure to show world leaders that we mean business. Can you join 170,000 people and sign the petition urging our government to protect our Antarctic Ocean?
In October, the Antarctic Ocean Commission will meet to decide whether or not to support a landmark proposal to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary. The Commission is made up of 24 governments (including the UK) plus the EU. And any decision made about the Antarctic Ocean has to be unanimous.
Together, we can convince them to create a crucial ocean sanctuary, where beautiful creatures such as whales and penguins can live and feed in peace. Sign the petition to show the Government that you care about our precious Antarctic Ocean.
Thanks for all that you do,
Sam and the Oceans team at Greenpeace UK
Link to Green Peace video clip on reusable energy
Don’t Ditch Fairtrade: CAFOD has asked Sainsbury’s not to ditch the Fairtrade mark on their own-brand tea.
Fairtrade tea empowers farmers and producers in some of the world’s poorest communities.
While Sainsbury’s has said the ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme it will trial for its tea will operate in a similar way to Fairtrade, small scale producers say they are concerned that they will lose control over how the money made from their goods can be spent.
We’re asking supporters to hand in letters to store managers and sign our online petition. Information on the CAFOD website:
Link to update 08/03/2018
Archbishop Nichols' "No To Racism...."
Catholic Association for Racial Justice "Supporting One Another"
Very urgent call to action - EDM 1169 - Jahalin Tyre School
I know this little Palestinian Bedouin school very well and they need our help. The Comboni Sisters work very closely with them.
They are in Court on Wednesday and they need our help to get international protest to stop Israel demolishing both the school and their homes.
Please follow the link to the letter to MPs, sign and send off.
Please also send this to others in your UK networks and ask them to do the same.
Details are on FB page 'Jahalin Sodality' and on their webpage http://jahalin.org/
If you are in touch with friends in
Ireland and other countries please would you encourage them to write to their TDs / Elected Representatives using the information from the website and Facebook page.
We need international outrage to stop this school being demolished by Israel.
Please email your Member of Parliament requesting they join Early Day Motion (EDM) 1169 against the demolition of the Al Khan al Ahmar school.
UK VOTERS: Please ask your MPs to sign on to Early Day Motionfor 1169 (15 MPs already have) in order to save the school at Al Khan al Ahmar. Follow this link to the software, where you are one click away from writing to your MP: http://bit.ly/SaveMySchool
Post Easter Reflections:
Share the Journey with refugees and asylum seekers from Cannon Hill Park to St Chads Cathedral, starting at 10.00am and finishing around 1.00pm.
Stage 1: Cannon Hill Park (MAC Entrance) to the Central Mosque (10.45am)
Stage 2: Central Mosque to St Ann's, Digbeth (11.30am)
Stage 3: St Anne's to St Philip's Cathedral (12.15pm)
Stage 4: St Philip's to St Chad's (12.45pm)
Each stage will begin with prayer
Everyone is welcome to join us for all or part of the journey. Please come prepared for the weather!
The April issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with CAFOD's joyful response to the news that Oscar Romero is to be declared a Saint. Two young people from very different backgrounds are featured: a 16-year-old former migrant and Muslim girl, winner of the Columban's young journalist competition, celebrating the love and acceptance shown by her local Catholic school community and a rousing speech, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King, from an 18-year-old African-American student from a poor area of Chicago at the March For Our Lives anti-gun rally in the US, a movement organised by teenagers following the Florida school mass shooting. Inspirational words too from Professor Stephen Hawkins, who died recently, nearly fifty years after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease, and the profound last words of Internet guru Steve Jobs plus reports of recent events, a book review of a chilling undercover operation to discover how the low-waged are treated in Britain, and a comprehensive diary of events across the NW for April to June.
Passio Newsletter Any feedback welcome. It is a first attempt.
The Birmingham Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission is funded by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese 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