News in Justice and Peace

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.

Pope commends nuns for ‘standing on front line’ against human trafficking.

Pope commends nuns for ‘standing on front line’ against human trafficking.

by: Inés San Martín - CruxNow in Development,

Speaking to a network of religious sisters that helps human trafficking victims, Pope Francis on Thursday told them to work closely with the local church, because this is necessary for their project to be successful. “I want to reiterate that the journey of consecrated life, both female and male, is the path of ecclesial insertion,” Francis said.

The ‘unseen people’ of Tamil Nadu

The ‘unseen people’ of Tamil Nadu

by: Robancy A. Helen, Trichy - UCAN in Development,

Santhi Polur was beaten up for bathing regularly, cleaning her children and doing her hair. The attack didn’t come from her enemies — it came from people of her own lower caste because they believed she was offending their lifestyle.

Bishop creates Laudato Si' oasis in Manchester

Bishop creates Laudato Si' oasis in Manchester

by: Simon Caldwell - CNS in Development,

An English bishop is creating a green oasis in the grounds of his residence in the hope of inspiring visitors to heed the call of Pope Francis to "care for our common home". Bishop John Arnold of Salford has opened the Laudato Si Centre at Wardley Hall, Manchester, to offer a practical lead on the teachings of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical on care for the environment.