News in Justice and Peace

Beijing clamps down on Christian proclamation

Beijing clamps down on Christian proclamation

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt - The Tablet in JPIC News,

Proclaiming the Christian faith in China is becoming more and more difficult, even on the internet, according to Bishop Bertram Meier, responsible for World Church affairs in the German bishops’ conference.“Already in 2020, under the pretext of fighting the Covid pandemic, proclaiming the faith was made noticeably more difficult, but in the past year, the dynamic of oppression of religion in China has again increased perceptibly,” he said.

Has peace a chance? Vatican diplomacy and the war in Ukraine

Has peace a chance? Vatican diplomacy and the war in Ukraine

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in JPIC News,

Amid the darkness, Pope Francis may offer a glimmer of hope. Last Sunday, speaking to the crowds in St Peter’s Square, he said the Holy See is “ready to do everything” to bring about peace. The Pope’s offer is being taken seriously. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin and Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, spoke by phone.

The Italian Parliamentary Debate on ‘Assisted Suicide’

The Italian Parliamentary Debate on ‘Assisted Suicide’

by: Carlo Casalone, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in JPIC News,

It seems paradoxical that at a time of pandemic, when the collective commitment is largely aimed at protecting the health of citizens, there are discussions about making it legal to help people take their own lives. This paradox highlights an issue  gripping the medical world. If the biomedical enterprise has the task of dominating biological processes and responding to the desire of health for everyone, then it seems plausible to ask it – when it fails in its objective and suffering is deemed intolerable – to shorten life. It is the last step in the exercise of control.

Dominican priest murdered while hearing confessions in Vietnam

Dominican priest murdered while hearing confessions in Vietnam

by: UCA News reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in JPIC News,

A young Dominican priest who was devoted to serving ethnic groups in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has been killed in a knife attack. An informed source from Kontum Diocese said Dominican Father Joseph Tran Ngoc Thanh, who provided pastoral care for Sa Loong Subparish in Kon Tum province, was stabbed many times while he was hearing confessions in the church on Jan. 29.

Catholic religious question silence of Indian Church on violence

Catholic religious question silence of Indian Church on violence

by: UCA News reporter in JPIC News,

Catholic Bishops' Conference of India urged to take up the issue of Christian persecution with PM Modi. A group of progressive Catholic religious in India have questioned the silence of the official Catholic Church over the continued violent attacks on Christians and other minority communities across the country. They want the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) to take up the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure immediate action against the perpetrators of hate crimes against minorities.

China upholds 7-year jail term for Christian bookstore owner

China upholds 7-year jail term for Christian bookstore owner

by: UCA News reporter in JPIC News,

An appeal court in China has upheld a seven-year jail term for a Christian online bookstore owner who was sentenced in 2020 on charges of selling Christian religious books illegally. Linhai City Court in Taizhou in Zhejiang province of eastern China dismissed the appeal and confirmed the sentence against Chen Yu, the head of Wheat Bookstore in Taizhou, Bitter Winter reported on Jan. 11.

Sir David Amess – 'public servant of the highest principles'

Sir David Amess – 'public servant of the highest principles'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in JPIC News,

The Vatican’s foreign minister has paid tribute to Sir David Amess describing him as a “public servant of the highest principles” who worked with “devotion and enthusiasm” for UK-Holy See relations.  Following the news that Sir David had been stabbed to death while meeting his constituents on 15 October, Archbishop Paul Gallagher wrote to Sir Edward Leigh, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See, to express his “profound shock” at the killing. 

Bishop Arnold challenges COP26 on climate change

Bishop Arnold challenges COP26 on climate change

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Development,

Climate change is a global challenge which transcends national interests, the Bishop of Salford John Arnold has said. He called on national and international political leaders to adopt policies that reflect progress on climate change at the local level. He was speaking to delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

Law and Good Ecclesial Government: The Vademecum for cases of sexual abuse and the reform of canonical criminal law

Law and Good Ecclesial Government: The Vademecum for cases of sexual abuse and the reform of canonical criminal law

by: Federico Lombardi, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in JPIC News,

The Vademecum on some points of procedure in the treatment of cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by clerics was long overdue. Many bishops and religious superiors in past years had found themselves in great difficulty when faced with the emergence of allegations and subsequent scandals involving sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and were unable to act decisively and clearly.

My Father was a Stranger: Biblical Teaching on Migrants

My Father was a Stranger: Biblical Teaching on Migrants

by: Pietro Bovati, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in JPIC News,

It is inevitable; however; that we all forget the events of the distant past, and then we find ourselves in situations which appear unusual; exceptional; and without parallel; their presumed abnormality becomes a source of anxiety. Among such surprising and unnerving events, we can include that of the waves of migration from Africa; the Near East; and Eastern Europe in recent years, which flow like an unstoppable tide towards the shores of a land of hope – our own.