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Justice and Peace
We are all called to play our part in building God’s Kingdom of peace and justice. The Commission works to encourage and support individuals and groups to take that call to heart and respond in practical ways.
‘Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and the environment’. Pope Francis
This month’s listing of peace and justice related events around the Diocese and beyond – February link
Porrajmos – Report of a Meeting organised by the Salisbury Justice and Peace Group
The murder by the Nazis of between a quarter and a third of all the gypsies of Europe during the Second World War is an atrocity which is little known today. While the Jewish Holocaust is well documented, the Roma and Sinti ‘Porrajmos’ (the word means the ‘devouring’ or ‘destruction’) is documented only in the records of the Nazis themselves. Estimates of the number of gypsies murdered vary between 220,000 and 500,000, with the final destruction of all the remaining gypsies in Auschwitz-Birkenau taking place on the night of 2nd-3rd August 1944.
Salisbury Justice and Peace Group held a commemorative meeting on 28th January, as a contribution to Holocaust Memorial Day. This centred round a film entitled ‘Porrajmos’, made by gypsies themselves, with support and help from the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council. This was planned as an ecumenical event, and was attended by members of other churches, in addition to the Catholic community. The event was the brainchild of Anita Pheby, who chaired it, with an opening presentation by the Reverend Jonathan Herbert, the Anglican chaplain to the gypsies of the Diocese of Salisbury. The film was then shown, followed by a lively discussion, in particular of the implications it had for us in 2019, and of the need for tolerance, understanding and love for this beleaguered community, which still today experiences much discrimination and denial of human rights in many parts of Europe. The meeting ended with concluding remarks by the Reverend John Detain, a deacon in the Salisbury Catholic parishes, and prayers by the Reverend Jonathan Herbert.
PAX CHRISTI PEACE SUNDAY 20 January 2019
Christi sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day. If it is not mentioned in your parish could you ask why and offer to help use the resources?
Theme for 2019 : Good politics is at the service of peace
“Political responsibility belongs to every citizen, and in particular to those who have received the mandate to protect and govern. This mission consists in safeguarding the law and encouraging dialogue between the actors of society, between generations and between cultures. There is no peace without mutual trust. And trust has as its first condition respect for the word given. Political commitment – which is one of the highest expressions of charity – brings concern for the future of life and the planet” from Vatican Press Statement.
Recent National Justice and Peace Network Conference celebrates 40th Anniversary
This year’s Conference in Derbyshire took the theme, ‘In the shelter of each other the people live’ and explored building a Church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the most vulnerable at its heart. Reports of the Conference including a flavour of the issues covered by the speakers and range of workshops, are available at https://www.justice-and-peace.org.uk/category/conference-2018/ . You can view videos of the speakers recorded by Stephen Cooke of Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkyXpch4sg&list=PL5UUtVasGFc86xfJa4vp-uhh6jSE3bhq5 .
Curlews and Epiphany:
Mary Colwell has written an article about Curlews, In December 2015, the Eurasian curlew, our curlew, was put onto the red list of endangered species.
You can read her full article here: Mary Colwell – Curlews and Epiphany
Holy Family parishioner, Phil Kingston wins award by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation
The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Campaigner Awards 2017 include Phil Kingston (pictured third from the left) for his work in setting up Grandparents for a Safer Earth. This organisation seeks to mobilise grandparents and elders to take direct action to raise awareness of the risks of global warming and climate change.
The Carbon Neutral Diocese Group is a subgroup of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission. It was formed in Summer 2015 with the aim of helping the Diocese to reduce its carbon use and eventually reach neutrality, but it is also concerned with wider environmental issues, such as water usage and recycling. Members are Sue Ingham (Secretary of the Justice and Peace Com), Carmody Grey (Ph D student, University of Bristol), David Maggs (Diocese of Bath and Wells), Kester Ratcliffe (Easton Energy Group), Tim Coyle (Surveyor and Diocesan Trustee), Lisa Loveridge (Co-ordinator). Derek Salmon (Diocesan Surveyor) is attending the next meeting. Ffi please contact Lisa Loveridge on 01225 282915 or email@example.com
Laudato Si Pope Francis’ encyclical on Care of our Common Home. For a copy and summary of the document click here.
A climate-change awareness website has been set up by a group of parishioners at St Charles Borromeo in Birmingham, ‘inspired by the letter to everyone – a CAFOD video about care for our common home by Pope Francis, Laudato Si.’ The website includes a prayer page which is overseen by a Benedictine oblate.
What’s happening in your parish/area?
Help us to let others know about your work for peace and justice by sending a report with a picture, if possible, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Laudato Si: A Call to Action Day of Reflection Saturday, 10 March
Catholic environmentalists Mary Colwell and Ellen Teague led a day of reflection on Saturday in Salisbury, focusing on the imperatives in the 2015 environment encyclical of Pope Francis – Laudato Si’. Around 40 people attended the event, ‘Laudato Si’: A Call to Action’, organised by Salisbury Justice and Peace Group and Clifton Diocese Justice and Peace Commission. To read more of the report from Independent Catholic News, click here