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November eBulletin, and Advent Reflections Available Now

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for November 2019 pays tribute to Brian Noble, Emeritus Bishop of Shrewsbury, who has died.  He was a great supporter of Justice and Peace in the diocese, a truly humble shepherd and a deeply spiritual man.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory. We also celebrate the life of John Henry Newman, newly canonised in Rome.
Fr Rob Esdaile challenges us to respond to the horrific death of 39 migrants, suffocated in a container lorry in a desperate search for a better life.  There’s a stirring opinion piece from Sr Gemma Simmonds; plus focus on the escalating problem of knife crime in the UK; food poverty; an award for veteran peace campaigner Bruce Kent; an interesting article from a Quaker artist who chose to paint her protest against the recent DSEI Arms Fair; reports from the Amazonian Synod; book and film reviews and a packed diary of local and national events.
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You can read the November issue by clicking here.
Also available  are this year’s series of Advent Reflections drawn from Sunday scripture readings during Advent, reflections, prayers and action ideas based on the theme of creation and climate change.

 

Week one – ADVENT REFLECTION 2019 WEEK 1

 

Week two – ADVENT REFLECTION 2019 WEEK 2

 

Week three – ADVENT REFLECTION 2019 WEEK 3

 

Week four – ADVENT REFLECTION 2019 WEEK 4

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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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To read this issue, click here.

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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.
You can read May’s edition by clicking here, or you can find previous issues here.