For your attention and action where appropriate: (this information can also be found on our website http://bit.ly/2udGQts )
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
We now have an events calendar on our website so please send me details of your Justice and Peace meetings and related events so that I can add them to the calendar. We hope that it will help you find out what is going on and what other groups are dong.
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
The Annual General Meeting of the National Justice and Peace Network will take place on
Saturday 12 May 2018 from 10.30am to 4.30pm
at CAFOD, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB
The day will be
A Celebration of 40 years of Justice & Peace …and Facing the Challenges of the Future
You can book for the day via Eventbrite:
THE PRINCE OF WALES’ EASTER MESSAGE
John Newton and John Pontifex 31 March 2018
The Prince of Wales has expressed his support for Christians suffering for their faith around the world in a video message released on Good Friday. The Prince spoke of his concern for all those persecuted on religious grounds - and highlighted the problems faced by Christians in particular. He said: "At this time of Easter, when our minds are recalled to the suffering of Our Lord 2,000 years ago, we think especially of those Christians who are suffering for their faith in many places around the world. I want to assure them that they are not forgotten and that they are in our prayers."
The video follows The Prince's meetings with Church leaders from the Middle East, where Christians and other religious minorities have been targeted for their beliefs. The Prince met Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who has been overseeing the care of more than 100,000 Christians driven out of their homes on Iraq's Nineveh Plains and Melkite Archbishop John Darwish of Zahlé and Furzol, Lebanon, who is helping Syrian Christian refuges receiving no help from other sources.
The meetings with Archbishops Warda and Darwish were organised with help from Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need which supports the local Churches' work. The charity's last Persecuted and Forgotten? report, which examines human rights' violations against Christians around the world,
highlighted the genocide of Christians in the Middle East, concluding that the resulting exodus could threaten the continuing survival of the region's ancient Churches.
In his message, The Prince of Wales pointed out causes of optimism for the faithful, including the return of Christians to their homes in northern Iraq and elsewhere. He said: "I have also heard that in the darkness there are small shafts of light, signs of Resurrection and of hope that, slowly but surely, Christians who have had to flee from their homelands are beginning to return and to rebuild their shattered homes." According to figures released last Sunday (25 March), 3,249 Christian houses on the Nineveh Plains have been restored out of 12,217 and 37,086 Christians have returned home.
The Prince noted that for centuries different faiths - particularly the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism - "lived side by side as neighbours and as friends". He said that in Lebanon, Muslims join with Christians at the Shrine of our Lady of Lebanon to honour Mary, adding that she "occupies a unique and elevated position in both Christianity and Islam". He said: "Over the years, I have met many who have had to flee for their faith and for their life - or have somehow endured the terrifying consequences of remaining in their country - and I have been so deeply moved, and humbled, by their truly remarkable courage and by their selfless capacity for forgiveness, despite all that they have suffered." He added: "All three Abrahamic faiths have known and continue to know the bitterness of persecution when religion has fallen into the barbaric grip of those who distort and misrepresent faith."
The message, recorded by Associated Press, can be downloaded here: www.apmultimedianewsroom.com/multimedia-newsroom/the-prince-of-wales-records-easter-message-in-support-of-persecuted-christians
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