Press Releases

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: A CALL TO SOLIDARITY WITH THE MOST VULNERABLE

STATEMENT BY VARIOUS CHURCH ENTITIES

Inthis time of crisis, described by many as a war footing of historical significance, when the country is shutting down and preparing for the days ahead, we urge the authorities to take further concrete measures to ensure that people living in poverty are not left without the basic necessities for a dignified life.

We are extremely concerned about the impact that the coronavirus outbreak will have on the most vulnerable members of our society… Read more »

Lenten Reflection 2020

Lent is a season of repentance and renewal. We turn away from our sinfulness and recommit ourselves to following Jesus.  As also stated in the encyclical “Laudato Si’, this time of the year can be the perfect occasion to summon our profound interior conversion, by recognising our errors, sins, faults and failures (217 – 218). 

The Global Catholic Climate Movement proposes to refer to the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy and sloth), so as to reflect and examine where we have turned away from our Creator, our peers and even ourselves from an ecological sin point of view.  As Catholics working for justice in various fileds, we can mistakenly focus too much on worldly fixes to worldly problems, such as government regulation, international agreements, and educational programs… Read more »

The need of a Sensitive Heart.

This week all Christians come together to pray for Christian Unity that is to fulfil Christ’s wish that all those who believe in His message are united (John 17, 20-21). This comes at a time, when our unity even within the Catholic Church is increasingly challenged.  

In the search for Christian Unity and reconciliation we are often challenged to rethink how we perceive the other’s traditions and cultures.  This demands the need of a ‘Sensitive Heart’.  Compassion, understanding and social commitment towards the environment, the poor, the emarginated are the beliefs that unite nations, cultures and even religions… Read more »

The Reform on Human Trafficking and Prostitution

The Archdiocese of Malta, through the Justice & Peace Commission of and Caritas Malta, have participated in the presentation of a joint submission to the Maltese Government, on the proposed reform for the legalisation of prostitution and human trafficking.

The joint submission, endorsed by several organisations, speaks of three main goals that are complementary and cannot be enacted separately, essential for the human dignity of the victims to be safeguarded. 

  • To decriminalise those who are prostituted ‑ Conscious of the fact that most sex workers are caught up in prostitution against their will and are the main victims of a broken system which enslaves them.  They should not be criminalised or victimised further for the abuse they endure…
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Budget 2020: Thinking of the long-term common good

In the light of the recently published Pre-Budget Document 2020, ‘Sustaining Inclusive Growth’, the Church’s Justice and Peace Commission welcomes the Government’s invitation for feedback and has formulated a number of observations and recommendations, which it is hereby presenting for further consideration. The recommendations have been categorised in three groupings tied to the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also through direct stakeholder consultations with Church organisations working with various societal groups… Read more »

The Catholic identity is love – Resisting a politics of hate and exclusion: a Catholic counter narrative

Following an increase in support for far-right movements, some of which base their arguments on the need to protect our ‘Catholic identity’ as well as recent statements by the Guardian for Future Generations, who justified his call to exclude migrants and Muslims in particular by invoking his desire to live and die in a Catholic country,[1] the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta feels the need to speak out on our duty as Catholics to resist politics of hate and exclusion.Across the globe, various forms of politics of exclusion are increasingly taking root… Read more »

A Christian Vision for the European Parliament

When we speak about a Christian vision for European politics, for many, the first thought which springs to mind is  the Church’s objection to abortion.  Undoubtedly, the murder of the innocent is a very important consideration, but, a political vision built on just one aspect, is a myopic vision.

The Christian is called to participate actively in the various aspects of  political life.  The Second Vatican Council, through the document Gaudium et Spes, reminds us in the words of Saint Augustine, which describe the Catholic as a citizen of two cities, that is a heavenly city and the earthly one.  This document encourages the Catholic “to fulfil justly their duty here on earth, guided by the spirit of the Gospel”, and it emphasises that “those Christians whom do not fulfil their responsibilities within our society, they would be lacking from their duties towards their neighbours, and moreover towards God Himself…”[1] It’s the same faith that obliges every Christian to participate in political life, everyone depending on his call… Read more »

Renewing the way we look at progress

The Justice and Peace Commission believes that the financial prosperity currently experienced should translate into a better quality of life for all. In its document with proposals prior to the upcoming 2019 Budget, the Commission presented recommendations in relation to five major focus areas: transport, environment, health, affordable housing and migration.

Transport:More long-term solutions rather than quick fixes are needed. These could include improvement of our infrastructure to allow public transport, carpooling, walking and cycling, to truly become valid alternatives to private vehicles… Read more »

The need for responsible dialogue

In view of the current discussions on the amendments to the Embryo Protection Act, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta calls for an attitude of responsible dialogue that veers away from polarised positions but which is focused on the common good of all, without demonising those holding opposing views. 

It is not the intent of the Justice and Peace Commission to repeat what the Church has already clearly expressed regarding the proposals… Read more »

The quest for social justice in our society: an integral step in the path for peace

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  • The human person, not the ‘god of money’, must be at the centre of our social and economic systems, if social justice is to prevail.This is the key message of a document published by the Justice and Peace Commission and the Emigrants’ Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta to mark World Day of Social Justice, today February 20th. On this day we are reminded that poverty is real and that some amongst us are struggling to survive, and that we are called to take concrete action to combat poverty in all its forms…
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