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IMMIGRATION – in context

In recent times much of our media coverage has been taken up with reports on anti-immigrant protests that are being manipulated and promoted by...

Sacred Earth: Interfaith Gathering at Ardfoyle

On Saturday 27th of April an event organised by the OLA and SMA Justice Offices in collaboration with Cork Three Faiths Forum took place...

“Sewing” Justice: A Theological Response to Garment Worker Exploitation

In the past the SMA Justice Office has focused on the issues of fast fashion and the abuse of human rights in supply chains,...

EARTH DAY 2022

- A billion plastic beverage containers were sold last year in the United States. - None of them will be made into new plastic bottles.  -...

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and...

‘LET US ALL SAY: ENOUGH … STOP THE WAR!’ – IRISH BISHOPS STATEMENT

On the second day of the 2024 Spring General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, the bishops called for an urgent...

Join with the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking – Feast...

The Church's International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking takes place every year on February 8th, which is also the feast day...

CLIMATE AND BIODIVERSITY – THINKING ECOLOGICALLY – The 2023 Intergenerational Climate Justice Conference –...

  About Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice The Cork Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice is an annual event dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and action...

Not a moment to waste

A recent report by George Lee, for RTE News, speaking about the latest information form the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service makes for grim...

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2024

Below is the text of Pope Francis's message for World Day of Peace.  The theme is Artificial Intelligence, a topic we have all heard...

Pope Francis to COP28: ‘Choose life, choose the future!’

Below is the message of Pope Francis to COP28 that was delivered by Cardinal Parolin on his behalf.  This powerful and hard hitting message...

COP28 and Laudate Deum

COP stands for "conference of the parties", with parties being the 197 countries that have signed up to the UN climate treaty (UNFCCC) to...

Laudate Deum”: a call to respond to the Climate Crisis

In October 2023 Pope Francis published this Apostolic Exhortation in which he develops themes expressed in his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’  Its opening paragraphs...

Peace is not made with weapons – Fr Luigi Maccalli SMA

While in captivity I understood that peace is not made with weapons "I am very saddened by what I hear and see in the...

MISSIONARY VOICES – PODCAST 5

This week we bring you the fifth and last Missionary Voices Podcast in this series.  Sr Juvenale Yevide OLA who lives and works in Maradi,...

SMA OLA PODCAST SERIES No 4

To mark the Season of Creation a collaboration between the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles and the Society of African Missions has produced...

World Day of Migrants and Refugees – 24th Sept

The Church has marked World Day of Migrants and Refugees since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people...

SMA OLA PODCAST SERIES No 3

To mark the Season of Creation  a collaborative effort between the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles and the Society of African Missions has...

SMA OLA PODCAST SERIES No 2

The Season of Creation  began on the first of September with the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on the fourth of...

SMA OLA PODCAST SERIES to mark the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation  began on the first of September with the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on the fourth of...

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE...

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PASSION of John the Baptist 29/08/23

Yesterday we celebrated Saint Augustine. One of the lines associated with him ‘Late have I loved you’ might be changed for today’s saint –...

AFRICA – The rush for lithium: an opportunity for the continent?

Rome (Fides News Agency) - Africa holds 30-75% of the world's reserves of lithium, phosphate, copper, chromium, manganese, gold, platinum, diamonds and aluminum Some...

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons2023

The UN designated “World Day Against Trafficking" in Persons, marked on the 30th of July each year, highlights the fact that globally more than...

JUNE 2023| For a non-violent culture

“Let us put a stop to this horror of torture!”: Pope Francis’s strong appeal to the international community  The new video contains a powerful call for the...

Protecting Biodiversity – COP15

This is the second article to mark Laudato Si Week 2023, which this year has the theme of "Hope for the Earth, Hope for...

Caring for Our Common Home – Laudato Si’ Week 2023

To mark the eighth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical “Laudato Si' – On Care for Our Common Home” this week (on 24...

St Josephine Bakhita – International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

In the Church calendar February 8th, is both the feast of St Bakhita and also International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. St...
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UN Committee for the Rights of the Child – Review of Ireland.

On the 24th and 25th of January the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child will review Ireland during its meeting in Geneva. A...

Conference Of Parties (COP)What Happened?

Below is the text SMA Justice Briefing No 47 In 2022 the severe impacts of climate change were made clearly visible through widespread floods, heat,...

Urgency and responsibility should orient work of COP27 – Holy See

We have reached the final day of COP27 and again, as in previous years, it is likely to go overtime as participants haggle over...

JOURNEYING TOGETHER FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE: An African perspective- part 2

Today, by way of preparation for he COP27, we bring you the second part of the African Climate Dialogues which give an African perspective...

JOURNEYING TOGETHER FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE: An African perspective- part 1

In advance of COP27 we publish the first part of a Communique from the AFRICAN Climate Dialogues.  These took the form of five sessions...

COP27

The UN Climate Change Conference (the official name for climate Conferences Of Parties) has happened every year since 1995. These two-week long gatherings are...

World Day of Migrants and Refugees – Sunday 25th September

PRAYER Lord, make us bearers of hope, so that where there is darkness, your light may shine, and where there is discouragement, confidence in the future may be reborn. Lord,...

SEASON OF CREATION 2022 – 1st Sept to 4th Oct

The Season of Creation begins on 1 September, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast...

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022 – 30th July

One minute Video to raise awareness that Human Trafficking has conquered cyberspace - click to view and to expand  One minute Video to highlight...

Laudato Si Week – “Listening and Journeying Together” 22 – 29 MAY

This weeklong global event will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on creation care and unite the world’s 1.3 billion...

Cost of living: the poorest are suffering the most

In an interview with Vatican Radio, SMA Father Seán J Healy has reminded Irish politicians that society will be judged by how it deals...

Labour Trafficking and Supply Chains – part two

The $43.4 billion per annum that accrues from forced labour is the root cause motivating Traffickers to enslave human beings.  Stopping these profits is...

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Labour Trafficking and Supply Chains

Today, 8 February, the international anti-human trafficking network, Thalita Kum, invite you to participate in an eight-hour online Marathon of Prayer and Awareness against...

SMA and OLA Justice Work – a look back at 2020

Since 2014 collaboration between the SMA and OLA Justice and Communications Offices has grown. This has been facilitated by the establishment of a Joint...
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Pope: Justice and peace must overcome political, economic contradictions

During an online meeting of of Justice and Peace Commissions of various national Bishops’ Conferences, hosted by The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human...

World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021

Every year the World Day of Migrants and Refugees takes place on the last Sunday of September.  The Church has marked this day since...

Human Trafficking: Protecting Victims in Ireland – TIP Video 6

Today we conclude our video series on based on the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) published by the US State Department in June...

TRAFFICKING – Prevention in Ireland – Tip Report Video 5

We continue today with the 5th in our series of videos based on the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) published by the US...

Human Trafficking – Law Enforcement – TIP Report Video 4

Today we bring you the 4th in a series of six videos based on the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) published by the...

Human Trafficking IRELAND’S RANKING – TIP Report Video 3

Today we bring you the third in a series of six videos based on the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) published by the...

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2021

World Day against Trafficking in Persons is held on July 30th each year.  This year the theme set by the UN is “Victims’ Voices...
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Indian Catholic schools become hospitals for Covid patients

A Report from AGENZIA FIDES, the Vatican News Agency for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, is reporting that the Archdiocese of Bangalore,...

Planned exclusion of refugees from vaccination

The Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) is calling for equity in vaccine distribution. “Equal access to vaccinations is necessary to ensure public health for all in...

WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE – Feb 20th 2021

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is observed each year on February 20th.  The theme for 2021 is; A Call for Social...

Label helps shoppers choose environmentally-friendly produced rice

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) has launched a label which identifies sustainably-produced rice. The label will help shoppers reduce the environmental impact of rice...

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020 – Year A

20 September 2020 Isaiah 55:6-9 Phillipians 1:20-24, 27 Matthew 20:1-16 Work is more than a paid job... Who are you?                   ...

SMA Wilton parish celebrates the Season of Creation

St Joseph's SMA Parish, Wilton, Cork marked the beginning of the 2020 Season of Creation with a special Service on Tuesday, 1 September, at...

The Season of Creation – a time for Prayer and Action

The season starts 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron...

SMA Provincial Leader commends the work of SHALOM

“Shalom’s contextually driven, rigorous but adaptable and forward-looking methodology represents a model approach towards peace-building in highly complex situations, such as those that pertain...

Living Faith Means Living Justly

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Zambia stands on the edge

“Our country is now all, except in designation, a dictatorship and if it is not yet, then we are not far from it. Our...

Ghana’s “Sodom and Gomorrah”

To mark the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, GLOBAL SISTERS REPORT, a project of the National Catholic Reporter, has begun a...

SMA Parish launches Thumbprint campaign

During Advent 2015, St Joseph's SMA Parish in Wilton, Cork participated in the Thumbprint exercise being championed by the SMA Justice group - making...

Shalom success in Kabira

The Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation works to end the cycle of violence in the tribal lands of Eastern Africa.  To...

Muslim population in CAR held hostage by jihadists

FIDES REPORT: According to Bishop Nestor Nongo-Aziagbia SMA of Bossangoa the Muslim population of "Km 5" in Bangui is taken hostage by jihadist members...
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Justice Section Sitemap

JUSTICE SECTION SITEMAPTo navigate the Justice section of the SMA Website just click on the links below JUSTICE ISSUES   Climate Change Africa -...
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Working for Justice – The Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

  Working for Justice - The Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation  P.O. Box 827-00606 Nairobi Kenya.  Aims and Objectives To implement training workshops and...

A Collection of Statistics

A collection of statistics regarding the developing world. 20% of the world’s population are currently using 85% of the world’s resources. The...
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Evidence for climate change

EVIDENCE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),working within the UN Framework on Climate Change, is the most widely accepted authoritative body...
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GLOBAL ARMS TRADE – an overview

GLOBAL CONFLICT AND THE ARMS TRADE - an overview Worldwide, in 2016 $1,759 billion was spent on weaponry, making it by far the largest...

“Never tire” of working for solidarity and social justice”

“Never tire” of working for solidarity and social justice”. At a time when we are bombarded with news of economic doom and gloom, conflicts...

justice Issues Arms Treaty

An Arms Trade Treaty at last:  In 2014 and after seven years of negotiations the UN General Assembly has finally agreed a binding ARMS...
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Working for Justice – 25 Years for Justice and Peace

AFRICA EUROPE FAITH AND JUSTICE NETWORK (AEFJN) Motivated by Christian faith, a profound respect for human dignity and a priority...
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Working for justice, peace and understanding between Christians and Muslims

Working for justice, peace and understanding between Christians and MuslimsSince the Second Vatican Council Dialogue with people of other religions and particularly with Muslims...
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Working for Justice (2)

Working for Justice     Working for Justice Peace and Understanding between Christians and Muslims.  A report on work being done both...

Working for Justice

Working for Justice     Working for Justice Peace and Understanding between Christians and Muslims. A report on work being done both here in Ireland by...
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Brief Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

Brief Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching Source: http://homelinks.dor.org/linkservid/E8F3CBF5-9A66-E67D-4D91B01BD5EBF91B/showMeta/0/  What is Catholic Social Teaching? Catholic Social Teaching (also known as Catholic Social Doctrine) sums up the teachings...

Justice Issues Arms Control

ARMS CONTROL Arms proliferation in Africa has happened for three reasons: because weapons and ammunition are illegally imported. because weapons imported legally are then illicitly...
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JUSTICE ISSUES

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ISSUES THAT EFFECT THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF AFRICANS Climate Change:  Africans are already feeling the...

RESOURCES

JUSTICE RESOURCES Prayer Guideline for the Eradication of Poverty can be used by Schools, Parishes or concerned Groups based on the theme the Eradication...

PRAYER FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE

                                         PRAYER FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE “Here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me...

BARGAINS COST MORE THAN WE PAY

The labourer is worthy of his reward. 1 Tim.5:18 We all get a thrill when we find a good bargain, whether it's clothes, fruit and...
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A Journey Together – remarks of Fr Fachta O’Driscoll

I am very happy to be here this evening and to be part of this unique event. To the best of my knowledge this...

Prayer for Justice and Peace

PRAYER FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE “Here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight. I’ve...
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Open Secrets

Open Secrets a new book from Cois Tine Book launching 22nd May 2012 at 5.45pm Clarion Hotel, Cork Cois Tine is about to launch...
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GHANA - dealing with climate change  What is happening in Ghana’s upper west region is a scenario that is replicated to a greater...
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Justice and Peace

"If you want peace work for justice." Pope Paul VI  THUMBPRINT / CLIMATE JUSTICE / WELCOME THE STRANGER... resourcesFor easy access to all articles in...

Kaduna Interfaith Council

Muslim and Christian Women Call for Peace and Justice as we celebrate Nigeria’s 51st Anniversary On this occasion of the 51st Anniversary of our...

Humanitarian crisis in East Africa

Humanitarian crisis in East Africa   Around 9 million people in the Horn of Africa are in need of humanitarian aid. This crisis has been caused...
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South African Council of Churches

Following the Way, standing for the Truth and seeking Life The South African Council of Churches (SACC) have called for a better service delivery and...

Turmoil in Swaziland

TURMOIL IN SWAZILAND A delegation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, comprising of Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Bishops Barry Wood and...
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Tax evasion in Africa

Tax evasion in Africa Tax evasion by some unscrupulous multinational companies is robbing Africa of badly needed resources. Christian Aid estimates that this...
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Water – a commodity or right?

Water - a commodity or right? The only choice 1.1 billion people have is to drink dirty water that is available to them....
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Spirituality of the Plastic bag

THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE RE-USEABLE BAG a reflection on care for the environment At the check-out in the local Supermarket the heavy duty reusable bags available...
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Millennium Development Goals TV

Millennium Development Goals RTE to air a four part series on the MDGs beginning 5 May 2011 At the start of the new...

Ronan Mullen campaign

Ronan Mullen is running for re-election to the Seanad on the NUI graduate panel and would be very grateful for your help over the coming weeks....
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Sudan: real fears of new attacks

Sudan : real fears of new attacks reports FIDES Sudan is at a crossroads. The “interim period” that helped to end the twenty two year...
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justice issues food security

FOOD SECURITY “The situation in which all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to safe and nutritious food that meets their...

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Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI on Food Security -  Address to World Food Summit November 2009. The problem of food insecurity needs to be addressed...

Justice Issues-Access to Medicines

The availability of medicines is something many of us take for granted, especially in Ireland; we just get a prescription and go to a...
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Justice issues climate change- Triple Injustice for Africa

Climate Change a Triple Injustice for Africa and poorer nations Africans cannot import foods from far away countries, they cannot or invest in large...

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CLIMATE FACTS Below are comparative carbon emission figures for some African and other countries. The figures are tonnes of CO2 per head of population per annum.   Tanzania: 0.11,...

Justice Issues-Climate Change

AFRICA - Climate Change “…there is an order in the universe which must be respected, and that the human person, endowed with the capability...
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Land Lease

LAND LEASE - A CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN AFRICA Eager land investors emphasise the benefits of higher crop yields, employment and infrastructural development while...

Advocacy

If you would like to become more directly involved click on this link for information on SMA lay Support Groups Advocacy for Justice  The...

JPIC Justice Issues

Justice Issues Researching, highlighting and publishing material to raise awareness of justice issues affecting African peoples. Ghana: Emerging from a period of despotism in the...

World Environmental Day 2010

World Environmental Day - 5 June 2010 Protection of the environment - a challenge for every child, woman and man God the Creator made...
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Shalom Centre, Kenya

Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation, Nairobi, Kenya SCCRR Fr Padraig Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, aiming...

World Water Day 2010

World Water Day – 22nd March 2010   Campaign to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality...

Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - March 21st 2009 - Background to Anti-Racism Day In 1760, a regulation was passed in...

Unfair Trade

Facing a global trading system that is unfair and disadvantageous to so many, we have a right and responsibility to make our voices heard...

Fair Trade

FAIR TRADE Who does it help? Two types of generic producer standards exist; one for small farmers and one for worker/employees on plantations and...

African Migrants

The SMA actively engages in the care, solidarity and evangelisation of African migrants together with issues that threaten their well-being by: Addressing...

Medicine

The Society of African Missions supports the right to medicines for all, particularly the availability of affordable good quality medicines for African countries. In line...

Climate Change

Climate Change - Overview “Climate" is a very general term that has a variety of closely related meanings. Usually, "climate" refers to the average, or...

AEFJN Justice and Peace

Justice and Peace Issues AEFJN - the Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network The AEFJN is a faith-based international network mandated...