Blogs and Articles

Blogs and articles from Britain and around the world written by Columban missionaries and people experiencing Columban mission, covering the broad range of Columban mission themes.

Blogs and Articles relating to Justice and Peace


  • ColClimate 31st August 2017

    Season of Creation begins on 1 September

    by Katie Fitzpatrick

    Thousands of events to celebrate the Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on 1 September and the beginning of the Season of Creation have been recorded by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

  • Anna-lobbying-on-climate-change 6th January 2016

    Reflections on Laudato Si’ for those who walk with the young

    by James Trewby

    One of my highlights of the last weeks was sitting with a group of secondary school teachers, reading and discussing extracts from the Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’. It was great to hear their enthusiasm and to share in the challenges and encouragement the document presents to those who work with the young.

  • Columbans at Climate Lobby 6th August 2015

    Now recruiting: Faith in Action Volunteer

    by James Trewby

    The Columbans and CYMFed are seeking to appoint a ‘Faith in Action Graduate Volunteer’. This will be a year of personal development and growth, putting faith into action in justice and peace education and in supporting

  • Columbans support 'The Wave' climate march in December 2009. 19th September 2014

    People’s Climate March – for our common future

    by Ellen Teague

    On 23 September, 120 world leaders – including Prime Minister David Cameron – will meet for an historic climate change summit in New York.

  • Fr. Joe Ryan 21st October 2011

    Westminster Archdiocese to “build peace with the 2012 Games”.

    by Ellen Teague

    Days before the United Nations in New York passed a resolution on Monday supporting an Olympic truce for next year’s London 2012 Games, Westminster Archdiocese launched its own peace initiative for parishes linked to the Games. Columban Justice and Peace was represented by Ellen Teague, who ran a Columban stall.

  • Hertford College 17th October 2011

    We Can’t Live on the Internet – a Reflection for World Food Day

    by Ellen Teague

    The following talk was given by Ellen Teague during the evensong service for World Food Day – 16 October – in the Chapel of Hertford College, Oxford University at the invitation of the chaplain, Revd Gareth Hughes.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 14th December 2010

    Catholics at Copenhagen

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    Every since my first meeting of the UN Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), I have been interested in a “Catholic presence” at these conferences.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 16th December 2009

    Monsanto Awarded the Angry Mermaid Award as the worst corporate climate lobbyist

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    Monsanto are everywhere, peddling their wares and lobbying for pole position. You expect to find Monsanto at food and agricultural conferences, claiming that its products will feed the world while and at the same time rid the world of pesticides. Their representatives were to the fore at a Conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences in Rome in May 2006, pushing the leadership of the Catholic Church into giving its blessing to GM crops, and then using that endorsement to undermine local Bishops‟ Conferences in Asia, Africa and Latin American that might be opposed to GM technology. You expect to find them at the UN Convention of Biodiversity (CDB) rolling out Dr. Peter Raven, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, to tell everyone that GM crops are great for biodiversity as he did in a seminar organized by the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See at the Aula Maxima of the Gregorian University, a few years ago.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 9th December 2009

    How Robust is the Science of Climate Change?

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    In the run up to the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, hackers broke into computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Centre and got access to many private emails exchanged between climate scientists who have worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This ignited a global controversy about the reliability of the IPCC’s data and methodology. It forced the chief scientist at the centre of the row, Professor Phil Jones, to step down temporarily as head of the university’s climate research centre, while an independent enquiry into the matter was being conducted.

  • Fr Sean McDonagh 1st September 2009

    The well-being of the Earth; an after thought in Catholic Social Teaching

    by Fr Sean McDonagh

    In this week‟s column I will continue my critique of Catholic Social Teaching from an ecological perspective. My intention is not to denigrate Catholic teaching but to help us realise that there has been little sensitivity to the Earth and other creatures in Catholic teaching in recent centuries. Unless we truly understand our past, with both its good and bad aspects, we will not be able to experience the “ecological conversion” which Pope John Paul II called for in 2001. The reason is to be found in the quotation from Lord Acton that “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.