News in Justice and Peace

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.

Church activist shot dead in the Philippines

Church activist shot dead in the Philippines

by: Joseph Peter Calleja, Manila - UCAN in JPIC News,

Zara Alvarez, a church worker from Negros province in the central Philippines, signs a manifesto signifying her commitment to work for human rights on Aug. 22, 2019. Alvarez was shot dead in Bacolod City on Aug. 17.

Nigeria divided: when poverty and ignorance kill

Nigeria divided: when poverty and ignorance kill

by: Matthew Hassan Kukah - The Tablet in JPIC News,

Nigeria’s bishops have launched peaceful protests against the ‘brutal killing of innocent Nigerians’. Two prominent Nigerian Catholics argue that the root of the current spate of killings is not religious difference but the cynical manipulation of Islam by a corrupt elite.

Pope Francis steps up his campaign for immigrants

Pope Francis steps up his campaign for immigrants

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - La Croix International in Development,

"Xenophobia and aporophobia today are part of a populist mentality that leaves no sovereignty to the people. Xenophobia destroys the unity of a people, even that of the people of God." No one who has been following the activities of Pope Francis these past six or so years will be surprised by this condemnation of distain for foreigners and the poor.