The Justice and Peace Commission within the Archdiocese of Malta was founded in 1986 by Archbishop Joseph Mercieca. Mr Abel Giglio was appointed as the first president of the commission. Other past presidents include Mr Godfrey Leone Ganado and Mr Roderick Agius. Over the years the commission was honored with the input and participation of several members, but its principle responsibilities have remained the same, that to educate, assist the local Church in its evangelic teaching, while ensuring that human dignity, peace, justice and solidarity are safeguarded within our evolving society.
Following a short hiatus in its operations, the commission was re-established in 2017 by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, appointing Perit Daniel Darmanin as its president, together with the nomination of a new board for the commission. The renewed commission has worked, and continues to work, on the work done previously whilst responding to the current signs of the time.
Over the years the commission published a number of books, articles and position papers. It also held seminars and events, while also participating in numerous fora and occasions. The commission is also active in the network of European Justice and Peace Commissions.
Aims, Objectives, Actions
Paul VI poetically described the mission of Justice and Peace as that of “keeping the eyes of the Church open, its heart sensitive and its hand prepared for the work of charity which it is called upon to realize in the world.” (20 April 1967, Paul VI addressed the recently appointed Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace)
The Maltese Commission for Justice and Peace entails to do so by advising the church in Malta in matters relating to social justice, economic development, human rights, and peace, and promotes action in these areas.
We envision a society where an improving quality of life and the common good of all humanity are achieved through individual responsibility and collective stewardship.
This is above all a Christian vision centred on the human being.
Why do we this?
Justice and Peace is a way for us to respond to the Gospels’ call to clothe the naked or visiting the imprisoned: to know the reality that surrounds us and not to remain indifferent to the moans of discarded people or to the cry of the Earth, because no aspect of the human being can be odd to us.
Pope Francis tells us that “we are the instruments of God to listen to the poor” and this commitment invites us to be a prophetic announcement of hope, peace and justice.
It is to collaborate fraternally in the construction of the Kingdom of God, beginning with the personal and social conversion we need so that the Earth is the great home of all and that all people and all peoples find in it all they need.
It is to put the principle of the common good ahead of individual interests, to promote the reception and human rights of all people who suffer, because Justice and Peace is to look at the dignity that lives in every human being because we recognize that in the other person Christ lives.
Graduated with honours from the University of Malta in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2007 and worked with Architecture Project and the Department of Contracts before setting up his own Architectural Practice. His passion for social justice and sustainable development led him to undertake a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice & Community Development at Loyola University, Chicago.
From a young-age Daniel has also been involved in the voluntary sector and has served in various roles in the community at both parish and diocesan level. In September 2017 Daniel was appointed by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna as the President of the Diocesan Commission of Justice & Peace. In 2018, Daniel has been elected by the conference of European Justice and Peace commissions to serve on the executive council of this organisation.
A Maltese lawyer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, Katrine is also one of three winners of the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. The Award is conferred for outstanding achievements or initiatives that, in line with the Foundation’s charitable objectives, succeed in promoting human dignity and human rights and thus encourage a climate of peace and respect in which all people in the world can live together.
John Paul Cauchi
Originally from Marsascala, but is currently studying in Brisbane, Australia, doing a PhD in Climate Change, Food security and Health. He is an environmental health specialist with a medical background who holds the environment at heart. Through his work and activism John actively seeks to promote sustainable development while also addressing the disharmony between human civilization and the Earth.
Walance Buttigieg Scicluna
Forms part of both the MSSP lay community at Oratory Birkirkara and the Cenacolo Community (Youth Fellowship). For the last 15 years he has formed part of the Living waters mission team within the Cenacolo community that does evangelisation and development work in Ethiopia. He has been also an active member of the local chapter of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation and was involved in developing a business ethics course with PFI. Walance is currently Head of Treasury of Mediterranean Bank in Malta and Medirect bank in Belgium. He has made studies on Impact Investing, seeking to reconcile the world of Economics and Finance with Catholic social thought.
Maria Cardona graduated in the natural sciences from the University of Malta in 2009 and recently received her doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Padova in Italy. Currently, she forms part of a team of Senior Research Officers tasked with supporting research at MCAST . Maria always had community work at heart and engaged in various voluntary work experiences both locally and abroad. She has also been involved in a number of pastoral activities at a parish level for several years. Maria is interested in understanding the impact that scientific and technological developments have on society.
Daniela is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. She has previously taught and carried out research at Malmo University in Sweden, the European University Institute in Florence/Italy, and at the University of Sussex in the UK – focusing on topics such as the detention and deportation of migrants, search and rescue in the Mediterranean and the management of migrant reception in Sicily, Lampedusa and Malta. Locally she has volunteered with JRS, Caritas, Kopin and Zghazagh Haddiema Insara for many years.
Mark studied philosophy in Padova and theology in Paris and Madrid where he specialised in Moral Theology. He worked for a number of years at JRS Malta and was involved in various social initiatives in Malta and abroad. He joined the Commission as Executive Officer in August 2021.