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August NJPN eBulletin available now

As we look back on Refugee Week (17-23 June) the August edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin casts a spotlight on the immigration crisis on the US southern border leading with an article by the photo-journalist who captured the tragic image of a young father who drowned with his infant daughter as thy tried to cross over from Mexico. The current crisis, exacerbated by President Trump’s anti-immigration drive, is echoed in the less-publicised scandal of those who have died trying to find a better life in Europe.  A hard-hitting opinion piece by Sarah Teather, Director Jesuit Refugee Service, looks at the hostility directed towards asylum seekers in detention in the UK, alongside a moving essay on refugees by a young Macclesfield parishioner which forms part of her GCSE coursework. Other topics include food poverty and a focus on the NW town of Oldham where a strong community spirit is turning the hardships in the area around.  Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct is also featured with articles on Climate Change and Live Simply.  The Vatican Document on Gender Equality is welcomed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Association of Catholic Women followed by a compassionate opinion editorial by a Dominican Sister who for the past 20 years has helped people in the transgender community in the US stay close to God and to the Catholic Church by giving space to listen to them.  All this plus a letters page, summer reading recommendations and a packed diary of local and national events.
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July Issue of NJPN’s NorthWest eBulletin Available Now!

Issued on the day of The Time is Now Lobby of Parliament, the July 2019 edition of the North West National Justice and Peace (NJPN) E Bulletin has a strong focus on Climate Change and environmental issues. Bruce Kent’s commitment to Justice and Peace is celebrated  as he enters his 90th year and there are challenging opinion pieces from Mary Colwell (page 1-2) and Ellen Teague (page 7).

Current campaigns feature corporate tax avoidance, Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran for more than 3 years, World Refugee Day, and 5 Weeks Too Long (re Universal Credit payments).

Campaign Against Arms Trade welcomes the Court of Appeal verdict overturning a 2017 High Court judgment allowing the UK to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils a “well-being” budget to support vulnerable people and the 25th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark and the 40th since Traidcraft was launched are celebrated. 
Pax Christi news, book reviews and a comprehensive diary add up to a 15-page bulletin.

Don’t forget to book for the NJPN Annual Conference 25-28 July, run this year with Church Action on Poverty – details on page 15.
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June Edition Of NW NJPN eBulletin Available Now

The June edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with an account of the 2019 NJPN AGM as ‘a thriving lay-led church organisation for justice and Peace’.  Pax Christi’s AGM highlighted action for peace and non-violence including plans to expand the current schools outreach programme using a team of volunteers. Forthcoming conferences include Liverpool’s Annual Assembly on the theme of climate change, Sabeel-Kairos on building peace in the Holy Land and NJPN’s which will look at ‘Being Church on the Margins’ in collaboration with Church Action on Poverty.
We mourn the death of Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community.
Other topics include climate change, the Arms Trade and nuclear weapons, Conscientious Objectors’ Day, violence in Gaza and the 71st anniversary of the Nakba – the forced driving out of Palestinians from their homeland, slow progress for the cause for women deacons in the Catholic Church, plus support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and the launch of a new mental health text support service.
Local reports and a packed diary add up to 18 pages of articles with links to help readers explore in more depth.
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May’s NJPN North West eBulletin available.

“With the signing of the Good Friday agreement, my generation, the children and grandchildren of the civil rights protesters were told we would be the first to enjoy peace in decades. But just because we’re not at war anymore doesn’t mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room” – the prophetic words of Lyra McKee, killed by a bullet on Easter Thursday.
The other lead story in the May edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is Climate Change with reports of 16 year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s visit to the UK plus a new Laudato Si Centre for Salford announced by Bishop John Arnold.  Another Bishop in the news, Declan Lang of Clifton, the lead Catholic Bishop for International Affairs, urges the UK government to promote the global abolition of the death penalty. Atrocities in Sri Lanka, UK Arms sales to Yemen, a €13 billion allocation by the EU Parliament for the defence industry, the suspicious death of an environmentalist La Salle lay brother in Peru, ongoing support for migrants in Calais, activist Rachel Corrie killed whilst trying to block an Israeli armoured bulldozer in 2003 remembered, plus a focus on young people with the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive! are also covered. Film and book reviews and a wide range of local events plus current news reports make for a packed bulletin.
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April’s North West eBulletin available now!

 The NW NJPN E Bulletin for April 2019 leads with an article by Pax Christi’s former General Secretary Pat Gaffney looking back over her 29 years of dedicated service. An opinion piece by Dr Anna Rowlands challenges us to consider our response to the Shamima Begum case and we look too at the New Zealand  terrorist attack in a hard-hitting article by an Australian theologian. There’s a report of the annual Ash Wednesday witness for peace at the Ministry of Defence as well as a plea for an end to UK arms sales to Yemen and the disturbing news of a thanksgiving service to be held by the government at Westminster  Abbey to mark 50 years of the UK’s nuclear weapons systems.

Climate change is the subject of Bishop John Arnold’s Lent Pastoral Letter followed by the winning entry and runner-up in the Columbans’ climate change competition for young people – both excellent. An interesting article that readers may not have picked up on comments on a fact-finding visit by religious leaders from USA and South Africa to Israel and Palestine which compares racial discrimination in the former countries to the conflict in the Holy Land.  All this plus news reports, resources and a packed diary including details of the NJPN Annual Conference in July – not to be missed!.
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Wishing all our readers a blessed Easter.

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