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Social Justice

'What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?'

(Micah 6:8)


                                                                                                                                                                                         

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all those who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

(Proverbs 31:8-9)

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Pax Christi

 

The General Election is an opportunity to put peace on the page:

 

As the General Election looms, we might revisit the advice of Pope Francis: ‘Study the proposals well, pray, and choose in conscience’ (2016). We might also revisit Pope Francis’ stand on issues such as nuclear weapons and the ‘ugly hypocrisy’ of the arms trade.

 

“In a world where millions of children and families live in inhumane conditions, the money that is squandered and the fortunes made through the manufacture, upgrading, maintenance and sale of ever more destructive weapons, are an affront crying out to heaven,” Pope Francis said.

 

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

 

An impassioned plea to the West to stop selling arms used by terrorists to kill Christians has come from a bishop in Burkina Faso after 14 people – mostly children and teenagers – were killed during a Sunday service. Since the beginning of the year, more than 60 Christians have been murdered in Burkina Faso, leading to what the bishop called “the unprecedented level of insecurity”.

 

Bishop Justin Kientega of Ouahigouya told ACN that Western powers should focus on security instead of weapons’ sales.

 

Attacks such as Sunday’s have caused Christians in the country to abandon their homes, and there are thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) cared for by the Church.

 

ACN is supporting religious Sisters in Burkina Faso and Bishop Kientega thanked the charity and its benefactors. 

As part of our Christian mission and to live out the teachings of the Gospels it is our responsibility to help create a peaceful, loving and just society for all, within our local community and across our global family. We must strive to bring about change where it’s needed for equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice and opportunity, to respect human dignity, protect the vulnerable and the marginalised and to speak out for those who would otherwise not be heard. Everyone is equal in the sight of God, yet we live in a world where poverty and injustice still persists; therefore we must reach out and offer our support to those in need within our society across all faiths and cultures, so that every man, woman and child can live a full and dignified life.

 

As well as through prayer there are lots of practical methods we can use to offer our help in whatever small ways we can to make differences in our society, by supporting the many initiatives available both locally and globally to promote and work toward a society that celebrates diversity and equality and encourages opportunity, growth and social well-being for all. For further information on some of these please follow the links under the Social Justice section of our site menu.