Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

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JPIC71Web200How do the people of any nation cope with the aftermath of many years of the brutality of invasion, war, massacre and oppression?

Several countries have worked very hard to bring people to a sense of peace through a community process of healing.

Pat Walsh reflects on the process and spirituality of truth and reconciliation in Timor Leste.

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World Human Rights Day of Prayer


World Human Rights Day of Prayer falls within the season of Advent, when Christians enter into the experience of longing: longing for Truth, for Freedom, for Peace, for Love…for the experience of all that gives meaning to human life. We pray with Mary and Joseph and their Child seeking shelter in a violent land during violent times. We pray especially for all child migrants who are most vulnerable and voiceless.

The Carmelite NGO has produced a book of pdf prayers, songs and reflections (988 KB) for this year's celebration of World Human Rights day.

Rights of workers & the unemployed | Direitos dos trabalhadores e desempregados


We should always remember the dignity and rights of those who work, condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and help to ensure authentic progress by man and society. Let us pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good. - Pope Francis

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To witness to the Gospel in Asia | Testemunhar o Evangelho na Ásia

2017PVNovemberThe most striking feature of Asia is the variety of its peoples who are heirs to ancient cultures, religions and traditions. On this continent, where the Church is a minority, the challenges are intense.
We must promote dialogue among religions and cultures. Dialogue is an essential part of the mission of the Church in Asia. Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions. Pope Francis

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Timor Sea Breakthrough!

2017TSBWeb200In what has been described as a “breakthrough” by the two governments, Australia and East Timor have reached an agreement for the framework of a new treaty that will finally set permanent maritime boundaries between the two countries. The Timor Sea Justice Campaign’s spokesperson, Tom Clarke, welcomed the news but warned it was not yet a done deal.

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We will not remain silently complicit ...


We will not remain silently complicit in the destruction of our common home. We urge our Carmelite Family to join us in a commitment to study, prayer and the performance of very simple gestures that will contribute to substantive change in our lifestyles. The culture of indifference is one of the key challenges within our communities and societies. Blessed Titus Brandsma, along with many other Carmelite saints, reminds us “We are not called to do great things. We are called to do the ordinary things in grand style.”

Read the final message of the International Carmelite JPIC Congress

 Uluru Statement from the Heart

2017USWeb200Indigenous leaders from across the country gathered from 23-26 May this year to discuss constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This First Nations Convention was the culmination of 12 regional dialogues held across the country.

You can pdf read the full statement (18 KB) from the Convention.


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Our Newsletter - other issues in 2017

2017JPIC70NovemberWeb200The call to develop a sustainable economy is coming from many quarters of the globe:  Pope Francis and people of faith worldwide; the United Nations; several world leaders and even some economists.

JPIC Team member Peter Thomas offers a few thoughts on this year's Australian Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement: Everyone's Business - Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy.

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'Let the poor speak!' Peter Thomas talks about the work of Dom Helda Camara, 'bishop of the slums', and Pope Francis in giving the poor a face and a voice in the church and the world.

'Both Hélder Câmara and Pope Francis are advocates of the poor. They both acknowledge charity but seem to witness to a more radical Christ-like position of being with the poor; of learning from the poor, of being in solidarity with the poor and of empowering the poor.'

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 JPIC68Web200Deborah Guess writes about Radical Simplicity: Meditation and Ecological Care. ‘Meditation’, she says, ‘can bring about a change of heart.’ This change of heart is meaningless if it is not ‘expressed in specific ecological action and in a simpler way of living.’

The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. Pope Francis - Laudato Si'

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Peter Thomas asks the question, 'Who is my Neighbour?' in the context of the refugee crisis. "Contemplative awareness fosters clarity in conscience where the Gospel as a principle of love embraces the importance and preciousness of all people.

“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need.” Pope Francis

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In July we join Indigenous First Nation Peoples to celebrate NAIDOC Week, reflecting on their gift to us.

It is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. Laudato Si - Para 146

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JPIC65Web200Geologist Peter Clarke reflects on the destructive use of fossil fuels for energy, and the challenge of Laudato Si to turn to a more renewable and sustainable future.

We know that technology, based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels - especially coal, but also oil and to a lesser degree, gas, - needs to be progressively replaced without delay.  Laudato Si - Care for Our Common Home -  Para 165.

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 JPIC64Web200In this issue Br Agedo Bento, OCarm, reflects on the care of the eldely in the culture of Timor-Leste.

We must reawaken our collective sense of gratitude, appreciation and hospitality, helping the elderly know they are a living part of their communities and source of wisdom for the younger generations.
Pope Francis, March 2015

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JPIC631Web200In this issue, Peter Thomas reflects on the lives of 'active contemplatives' like Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King and Tich Nhat Hanh and their work for peace.

“When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolent peacemaking ... To be true a follower of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence.” Pope Francis

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Click the image below to go to the international Carmelite NGO website


  pdf The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor (902 KB)
A reflection on poverty, the desert and the Carmelite charism

  pdf The God of Our Contemplation (902 KB)
Exploring the connection between the Carmelite vocation and work for Justice and Peace

The Carmelite Commission for Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation
is an outreach of the Carmelite Friars
of the Province of Australia and Timor-Leste


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