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Catholic leaders send joint letter to Trump calling for respect of all life
Catholic leaders send joint letter to Trump calling for respect of all life

In anticipation of the March for Life on Friday, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, with seven other national Catholic organisations sent a joint letter to President Trump and Congressional leadership calling for a renewed commitment to the dignity of all life and promotion of the common good. Other signatories include Catholic Mobilizing Network, Catholic Climate Covenant, The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, National Catholic Council of Women, and the Columban Center for Advocacy and

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Ireland: Trócaire welcomes ground breaking environmental Bill
Ireland: Trócaire welcomes ground breaking environmental Bill

Yesterday afternoon a majority vote was passed in the Dáil to progress the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill to Committee stage. The Bill calls for the withdrawal of investments of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) from fossil fuel companies and ban future investments in the industry by the Fund. Executive Director of Trócaire, Éamonn Meehan said: "Major cities from Copenhagen to Berlin to Sydney have already committed to divest from the fossil fuel industry. However, if the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill is passed, Ireland would be the first country to ban investment

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A&B Justice & Peace Assembly to focus on 'Am I A Good Neighbour? Globalisation and the Fair Society'
A&B Justice & Peace Assembly to focus on 'Am I A Good Neighbour? Globalisation and the Fair Society'

Bishop Richard Moth, Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies and Jenny Sinclair will be speaking at the Arundel and Brighton Justice & Peace Assembly 2017 this Saturday, on the theme of: 'Am I A Good Neighbour? - Globalisation and the Fair Society' at the Christian Education Centre (DABCEC), 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP. Fr Augusto Zampini Davies, Theological Adviser to CAFOD, will reflect on Laudato Si' (On Care for our Common Home), published by Pope Francis in June 2015. This is a love letter to all mankind and an urgent call to tackle the global human and ecological crisis.

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London: Green Christian workshop on nurturing creation
London: Green Christian workshop on nurturing creation

Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDB will be the keynote speaker at a Green Christian day workshop entitled: 'Nurturing Creation - (Re)discovering a radical creation-centred way of being, this Saturday, 28 January at St Aloysius Church, Euston. Fr Martin is Head of Theology, Convenor of the MA course in Christian Theology and BA course in Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and Chair of the Livesimply coordinating group. The Green Christian Way of Life is offered to believers for whom care for God's creation in all its forms is a fundamental outworking of their faith.

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Westminster J&P statement on President Trump and environment + petition
Westminster J&P statement on President Trump and environment + petition

As Donald Trump takes up office as the President of the United States of America, we in Justice and Peace wish to flag up our concerns for global action on climate. While both scientists and Pope Francis are calling for dramatic action against the climate crisis, it is most alarming to know that President Trump is determined to do exactly the opposite. As leader of the most powerful country in earth, which happens to have contributed the most to the climate crisis (considering historical and per capita pollution), he has the moral obligation to accept climate science and take action

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London: Bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre
London: Bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre

A South African Anglican bishop is joining international solidarity groups in London this Thursday, to demand that the UK-listed mining firm meets its commitments for victim compensation and improved worker living conditions before 16 August, the fifth anniversary of the police massacre which killed 34 miners in 2012. Rt Rev Dr Johannes Seoka will be taking part in the vigil outside the Lonmin AGM in Haberdashers' Hall, W Smithfield, before he goes into the AGM to question the company and their shareholders over the lack of progress on compensation and improvement of

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Birmingham, London: Talks on life in Palestine after 50 years of occupation
Birmingham, London: Talks on life in Palestine after 50 years of occupation

The Jerusalem Legal Aid Centre (JLAC) is a pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation and CAFOD partner. Since its inception over 37 years ago, it has provided pro-bono legal aid and services to some of the poorest and most marginalised people and communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. JLAC's Director Mr Issam Aruri and EU Project Coordinator Ms Shu'la Abdelhadi will be speaking about the realities of life under occupation on Saturday 28 January from 11am - 1pm in Birmingham and on Monday, 30 January in Southwark.

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London: Women march for peace and justice after Trump  inauguration
London: Women march for peace and justice after Trump inauguration

Women's marches were held in dozens of cities around the world yesterday, to voice their concerns over the incoming administration of President Donald Trump. In London more than 100,000 women walked from the American embassy in Grosvenor Square to Trafalgar Square - among them were individuals and representatives from many Christian churches and organisations. Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi told ICN: "Pax Christi thought it important to have a peace and justice presence at the Women's March today. We had two aspects to our message: 'No to fear and division',

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Pax Christi seeks young peace journalists
Pax Christi seeks young peace journalists

Pax Christi International is looking for Young Peace Journalists to give a voice to people seeking refuge. Pax Christi International is building up a young peace journalist team from all over the world to report about the lives of refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and displaced persons. As part of the team you will organise an interview with a person from these groups in your hometown or area. Full online training will be given. The international team of peace journalists will use their work for awareness raising, influencing policy makers,

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 Yet another trial of peace campaigners despite recent acquittals
Yet another trial of peace campaigners despite recent acquittals

A court in Reading is preparing to try five peace campaigners for taking nonviolent direct action, despite several recent cases in which peace activists have been acquitted after being arrested at similar protests. The campaigners, who are all in their thirties, will be tried by a District Judge at Reading Magistrates' Court on Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th January. They blocked an entrance to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire last June and are charged with 'wilful obstruction of the highway'.

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Coventry Cathedral: #Building Bridges Not Walls
Coventry Cathedral: #Building Bridges Not Walls

On Friday, 20th January 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. Dozens of churches, community centres and other public buildings across the UK will be taking part in #BridgesNotWalls events, to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message: 'We will build bridges, not walls, to a peaceful and just world rid of oppression and hatred.' At 12.15pm in Coventry Cathedral a banner drop will celebrate Coventry as a City of Peace and Reconciliation,

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London: Women's March on London
London: Women's March on London

Women of all faiths and none will be gathering in dozens of demonstrations around the world on Saturday, 21 January, to tell the new US administration that 'the politics of fear and division have no place in 2017'. In London, members of Pax Christi, together with representatives from CAFOD and Justice and Peace groups will be assembling at the north east corner of Grosvenor Square, junction of Duke Street & Brook Street, near the American Embassy, under their large feather banner at 11.45am, before processing to Trafalgar Square for the rally.

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North West NJPN E Bulletin
North West NJPN E Bulletin

In a bumper edition for January-February 2017, the latest North West National Justice and Peace Network E Bulletin features harrowing eye-witness accounts of the current situation in Kabul and of the dismantling of the Calais jungle. Other items include home affairs (Poverty Action Week), SVP initiatives, housing and homelessness in the UK, the refugee crisis, the arms trade and mental health issues as well as covering Donald Trump's inauguration in the United States, plus recommended resources and a comprehensive diary of events in the North West.

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 London: South African bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre
London: South African bishop to lobby mining AGM over 2012 massacre

A South African Anglican bishop is joining international solidarity groups in London on 26 January, to demand that the UK-listed mining firm meets its commitments for victim compensation and improved worker living conditions before 16 August, the fifth anniversary of the police massacre which killed 34 miners in 2012. Rt Rev Dr Johannes Seoka will be taking part in the vigil outside the Lonmin AGM in Haberdashers' Hall, W Smithfield, before he goes into the AGM to question the company and their shareholders over the lack of progress on compensation and improvement of

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Catholic campaigners urge Trump to continue US environmental policies
Catholic campaigners urge Trump to continue US environmental policies

The US-based Catholic Climate Covenant is asking Catholics across North America to sign its petition urging the incoming president to continue the nation's commitments to address climate change. Endorsed by more than a dozen Catholic groups - including the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the Franciscan Action Network the petition states: 'As members of the Catholic community in the United States, we are praying that your presidency may be blessed with wisdom and compassion. As you take office, we urge you to demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate

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URGENT Appeal to help refugees sleeping outdoors in France
URGENT Appeal to help refugees sleeping outdoors in France

Since the break up of the 'Jungle' at Calais, many refugees in France have no where to shelter and are being forced to sleep out in the open - while temperatures have gone well below freezing. The charity Care4Calais has two warehouses in Calais which are acting as hubs to get various types of donation to places where they are needed, not solely to areas close to Calais and Dunkirk. This week they have run out of sleeping bags. Demand has been particularly high in Paris, where there are insufficient places in the official shelter and people queue outside all day and night to await entry.

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UK churches prepare for Peace Sunday
UK churches prepare for Peace Sunday

From Abindgon to Altrincham, Southport to Sheffield, orders for Peace Sunday 2017 are rolling in to the Pax Christi office. It seems that parishes across the country are taking up the World Peace Message challenge of Pope Francis "Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace." The theme for 2017, 'Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace', seems to have captured the attention and imagination of individuals, communities and parishes.

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Young Peace Journalist interviews Syrian refugee
Young Peace Journalist interviews Syrian refugee

The following interview was conducted by Ella Holliday. It is the latest entry in the Pax Christi Young Peace Journalists project featuring the stories and voices of refugees. Mohammad is a 22-year-old from Aleppo who arrived in the UK in 2016 having left Syria in 2014. In his conversation with Ella, Mohammad talks about his family and describes what life was like before the war, how he escaped from the war-torn city and is coping now....when the revolution started, everything went too fast really, no one thought anything could go this wrong so fast.

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Syria: Church leaders in Aleppo pray together for peace
Syria: Church leaders in Aleppo pray together for peace

The beginning of 2017 yesterday, the World Day for Peace, was marked in Aleppo with a joint prayer service attended by leaders of all the denominations in the devastated city. Patriarch Mar Ignatios Aphrem II, Primate of the Syrian Orthodox Church, presided over the prayer for peace in Syria at the Syriac Orthodox cathedral dedicated to St Ephrem. Besides Bishops and priests of the Syrian Orthodox Church, the services was also attended by Maronite Bishop Joseph Tobji, Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo and Reverend Ibrahim Nseir, of the Arab Evangelical Church.

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Pax Christi welcomes Pope Francis' message on non-violence
Pax Christi welcomes Pope Francis' message on non-violence

Pax Christi International has welcomed Pope Francis' message for World Peace Day, calling on the Church to invest in non-violent ways of resolving wars and conflicts. The message, entitled 'Non-violence: A style of politics for peace' was published in December to mark the Catholic Church's observance of World Peace Day on 1st January. In the message the Pope notes that violence leads to suffering through forced migrations, environmental destruction, terrorism and organized crime, as well as a deadly cycle of retaliation that ends up benefiting merely a few warlords.

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace
Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace

As a teenager growing up in Derry, I remember being inspired by the witness of the Peace People who brought many ordinary people onto the streets in a call for an end to the terrible violence at that time. The mid-seventies saw some of the most shocking bombings and shootings of "the Troubles". Terrible tit-for-tat sectarian murders were leaving more and more families bereaved and traumatised. It is hard to believe that it is now forty years since Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous stand against all violence.

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Help bring Nazanin home for Christmas
Help bring Nazanin home for Christmas

Campaigners around the country have been appealing for the release of a British charity worker and and young mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in solitary confinement for eight months in Iran without charge. On Monday, carol singers sang outside Downing Street to publicise a petition which has already had nearly 900,000 signatures... At Corpus Christi parish, Brixton Hill children have been taking part in the Amnesty Christmas card project, making cards with messages to send to Nazanin. So far, groups in parishes and schools have sent some 26,000 cards and messages,

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Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in high level meeting at Vatican
Catholic Nonviolence Initiative in high level meeting at Vatican

The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative gathered in Rome yesterday and today to reflect on and discuss the Holy Father's 2017 World Day of Peace message Nonviolence: A style of politics for peace,' and to strategize about next steps for this critical movement. The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative grew out of the landmark April 2016 Nonviolence and Just Peace conference, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pax Christi International, and is focused on affirming the vision and practice of active nonviolence at the heart of the Catholic Church.

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Send a message to Palestine this Christmas
Send a message to Palestine this Christmas

Once again this Christmas the ecumenical charity Kairos is asking you to send a message of support and solidarity to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. At the end of a year where political turmoil has ruled our world, life is more uncertain than ever in Palestine. Settlements are being built with abandon, with no international reprisal. The demolition of Palestinian homes and buildings has hit unprecedented figures. Gaza continues to decline under blockade, where poverty and instability prevail.

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Prayers for refugees in ruins of Coventry Cathedral
Prayers for refugees in ruins of Coventry Cathedral

Light the Way - the Christian Aid Vigil for Refugees, was held on the steps of Coventry Cathedral ruins on Wednesday evening. The ecumenical event was supported by Pax Christi and CAFOD. The Lampedua Cross was held by each person in turn, to remember all those who have died fleeing from the ravages of war and in solidarity with those who are suffering atrocities now. Everyone received a Lampedusa Cross card and was invited to write a message to refugees.

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