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London: 'Oscar Romero's message is more relevant than ever today'
London: 'Oscar Romero's message is more relevant than ever today'

An ecumenical service to mark the 37th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. The theme of the event was: 'A light breaking forth like the dawn'. In his words of welcome, the Revd Richard Carter said the message of Oscar Romero was more relevant than ever today. There was a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday.

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Text: Martha Zechmeister CJ - Romero Week Lecture  2017
Text: Martha Zechmeister CJ - Romero Week Lecture 2017

Sister Martha Zechmeister CJ gave the following address on Saturday, at the National Ecumenical Service for Romero Week 2017 at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, entitled: The Secret of Romero: Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor "Over these ruins of ours the glory of the Lord will shine." Archbishop Oscar Romero spoke these words that we heard just now

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Holy See calls for 'intergenerational solidarity' to deal with climate change
Holy See calls for 'intergenerational solidarity' to deal with climate change

The Holy See has called on the United Nations to promote "responsibility for those who come after us", in the areas of climate change and justice for the poor. Archbishop Bernardito Auza's words came in an address to a high-level discussion at the UN on "Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda". The Holy See's Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer to

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Westminster J&P statement on 22 March attack
Westminster J&P statement on 22 March attack

We in the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission extend our prayers and sympathy to all affected by the tragic events at Westminster. We express our sadness at the loss of life and concern for those injured and all affected by this tragic event. Our congratulations to all who responded in an amazing fashion, emergency services, paramedics, police and the public who

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Pax Christi urges UK government to attend UN nuclear disarmament talks
Pax Christi urges UK government to attend UN nuclear disarmament talks

Today, a YouGov poll indicates that 75% of UK adults think the Government should be represented at the up-coming negotiations at the United Nations in New York to work towards a legally binding prohibition of nuclear weapons. The Government have indicated that they will not attend. Since the negotiations at the end of 2016, Pax Christi British section and members, together with Pax Christi

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European Action Week Against Racism
European Action Week Against Racism

Faiith and community groups are celebrating the European Action Week Against Racism this week. The BREXIT Referendum has highlighted some of the serious divisions in our society. These divisions are set against the background of continuing turmoil in the Middle East and other parts of the world, with many seeking refuge or simply a better life in Europe and the UK. Here in the UK the gap between the rich

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Viewpoint: The Eco-Pope at Year Four
Viewpoint: The Eco-Pope at Year Four

At the four-year anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis, there's much to celebrate, much to ponder, and a couple of concerns, Bill Patenaude writes in catholicecology.net. There were worries in the Catholic eco-sphere when Benedict XVI, the Green Pope, announced his abdication of the papacy in 2013. Would the next pope continue his teaching on environmental protection? Would the Vatican continue its sustainability mission? I was certain that Benedict's successor

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Westminster: Fairtrade initiatives growing,  post-Brexit talk
Westminster: Fairtrade initiatives growing, post-Brexit talk

Westminster Justice and Peace are pleased to announce that there are now 95 parishes in the diocese signed up to Fairtrade, and in partnership with CAFOD we are pressing on to become a Fairtrade diocese. So we organised two important talks during Fairtrade Fortnight on Brexit and its implications for trade justice. Mary Milne in Hitchin and Emilie Schultze in Holborn, Campaigns team for the Traidcraft company, explained that leaving the EU will probably mean leaving both the Single Market and the Customs Union,

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Walthamstow parish receives livesimply award
Walthamstow parish receives livesimply award

The Walthamstow parish of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick, in the care of the Society of African Mission (SMA) was given the livesimply parish award yesterday at its 11.30am Mass. The wooden plaque, made from a recycled church pew, was presented by award assessor Ellen Teague to parish priest Fr Kevin Conway, Chair of the parish Faith in Action group Colm Gallagher, and Dympna Mallon, Laity Coordinator for the SMA. Ellen applauded the initiatives undertaken by the parish,

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Celebrating a Livesimply parish in North East London
Celebrating a Livesimply parish in North East London

Dympna Mallon is the Laity Coodinator of the SMA - the Society of African Missions, based in Ireland. On Sunday 12 March she gave the following presentation at the SMA parish of Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick in Walthamstow, Brentwood Diocese, which was being presented with the Livesimply Parish Award at the 11.30am Mass. I am delighted to be back in Walthamstow, especially this weekend as you hold your annual celebration of St Patrick as the patron of your parish.

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Irish missionary to give peace lecture at Queen's University
Irish missionary to give peace lecture at Queen's University

Father Patrick Devine, founding director of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation in Kenya is to to deliver a public lecture in Queen's University next week. The Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast will host Fr Devine on Wednesday, 22 March at 4.30pm. The title of Fr Devine's public lecture will be Inter-Ethnic Conflict Transformation Methods: Applications in Eastern Africa.

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Church investors urge Exxon to address climate risk
Church investors urge Exxon to address climate risk

A coalition of institutional investors, including many Catholic religious orders and the CoE Church Commissioners, who have four trillion dollars under management, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P DiNapoli, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (CRF), and the Church Commissioners for England, have again asked ExxonMobil to disclose how it will ensure its business will remain resilient as global efforts to mitigate climate change proceed.

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Charities protest at government's  'reprehensible decision' on child refugees
Charities protest at government's 'reprehensible decision' on child refugees

On 7th March MPs voted 287-267 to close the Dubs Amendment, and to shut the door on 2650 unaccompanied child refugees living without protection in Europe. This is a reprehensible decision. The Children and Social Work Bill was proposed to have an amendment by MP Heidi Allen, which required the government to assess each local council's space allocation for unaccompanied minors.

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Text: Marie Dennis on International Women's Day
Text: Marie Dennis on International Women's Day

Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International endorsed the views of other speakers at the Vatican conference on International Women's Day, 'Voices of Faith 2017: Women at the Heart of Nonviolence. She said the full participation of women is central to the Church's promotion of active non-violence, as spelt out by Pope Francis in his message for World Peace Day in January this year.

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Pax Christi welcomes beatification of conscientious objector Josef Mayr-Nusser
Pax Christi welcomes beatification of conscientious objector Josef Mayr-Nusser

The beatification of Josef Mayr-Nusser will take place on 18 March 2017 in Bolzano Cathedral, Italy. Like the Austrian farmer, Franz Jägerstätter, he was killed as a consequence of his refusal to swear the military oath of loyalty to Hitler when he was forcibly conscripted into the German army. Jägerstätter was beatified in 2007, and now Pope Francis has recognised Josef Mayr-Nusser as another martyr for his

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Celebrating women peacemakers
Celebrating women peacemakers

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women's Day. Pax Christi International is encouraging all members, friends, and supporters to celebrate women peacemakers on this special day. Several women from throughout the Pax Christi International network have compiled a list of 10 actions you can undertake on Wednesday (or even in the days following) to celebrate

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NJPN report on national march to save NHS
NJPN report on national march to save NHS

One of the home-made banners at the march for the NHS last Saturday (4 March) reminded us that 'you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone'. Perhaps we take for granted the blessing of a health service into which we pay according to our means and from which we receive health care according to our needs, regardless of our ability to pay. That is why I was among at least 200,000 people

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 Vatican: International Women's Day - live streaming
Vatican: International Women's Day - live streaming

International Women's Day takes place this Wednesday, 8 March. To mark the day - the fourth annual Voices of Faith event takes place in the Vatican. The initiative was started by Catholic philanthropist Chantal Goetz, "to enhance the dignity, participation and leadership of women and girls through persistent and good storytelling." Voices of Faith is supported by the Fidel Goetz Foundation, Caritas and the Jesuit Refugee Service. At this year's event women from

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Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons
Pax Christi welcomes UN decision on nuclear weapons

Pax Christi International welcomes the UN General Assembly's decision to negotiate a legally binding prohibition of nuclear weapons. We consider it a milestone that nuclear weapons be explicitly banned by international treaty and see the treaty as an exercise in the moral values and global responsibilities required to build a more secure and sustainable world. Moreover, a nuclear weapon ban treaty should not be seen as a revolutionary step, but rather as the logical next step leading towards

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CPT International: Join CPT's Peacemaker Corps
CPT International: Join CPT's Peacemaker Corps

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting applications for its Peacemaker Corps. Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression! Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have completed, or plan to complete, a short-term CPT Delegation or internship. CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership. We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality

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Holy See speaks out against death penalty
Holy See speaks out against death penalty

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on Wednesday reaffirmed that life is sacred from conception to natural death in a meeting at the UN Human Rights Council on the death penalty. "In this regard, one should consider that human justice is fallible and that the death penalty per se is irreversible," Archbishop Jurkovič said, "We should take into account that capital punishment always

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J&P Europe launch annual report
J&P Europe launch annual report

The European Union is going through several crises at the same time. After the sovereign debt crisis the euro-zone is still in rouble, member states still do not agree how to deal with an increased influx of migrants and refugees and the United Kingdom has decided by way of referendum to leave the bloc all together. Under such circumstances the prevailing strategy of muddling through will not suffice. A lengthy process of revising the founding treaties will do nothing to reverse the

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London: Ash Wednesday witness against nuclear war preparations
London: Ash Wednesday witness against nuclear war preparations

Around 80 people of faith marked the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a procession and prayer vigil outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, London. They lamented the UK Government's possession of weapons of mass destruction and the deadlock in multilateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament internationally. The participants gathered in Embankment Gardens on a grey and damp afternoon for the first part of the liturgy, which included a call to repentance and

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Myanmar: Cardinal calls for 'urgent ecological conversion'
Myanmar: Cardinal calls for 'urgent ecological conversion'

Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar, warned this week that the world is facing "an environmental holocaust." In an address to the conference of religious women of Asia and Oceania, the Cardinal said: "Pope Francis raised his voice against this impending disaster talking about modern sins, 'ecological sins' made individually and collectively by humans who destroy Mother Earth." He observed: "Greed has sparked an ecological terrorism against Mother Earth. Climate change is real

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Ash Wednesday peace services in London, Liverpool, Glasgow
Ash Wednesday peace services in London, Liverpool, Glasgow

1 March, Ash Wednesday tomorrow, sees the 35th year of Christian witness and protest to nuclear war preparations at the Ministry of Defence in London. Similar liturgies and actions will take place in Liverpool city centre and at the Faslane naval base in Scotland. Seventy-two years since the first use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is in an ever more fragile state in relation to nuclear weapons. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has maintained a Doomsday clock as a

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