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 form 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.
Simone Vella Lenicker
Is a Senior Architect at Architecture Project Ltd, and is the current President of the Kamra tal-Periti and Editor of the Kamra’s journal “the Architect”. She is active in the field and often expresses herself in various fora about her concerns regarding the built environment and planning policy, as well as in matters that relate to quality of life in general, with the aim of bettering the profession and society in general. She has been a member of the Christian Life Community since 1992, and has also served on its Leadership Community.
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.
Fr Carlo Calleja
Fr Carlo was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Malta in 2015. After completing his undergraduate and licentiate studies in theology at the University of Malta, he obtained his doctorate in Christian ethics from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in 2020. He also has a background in the health sciences. His academic interests include biopolitics, virtue ethics and Catholic social teaching. Fr Carlo is grateful for the many enriching encounters made while engaging in voluntary work locally and in other European and African countries over the years.
Alexia Mifsud Vassallo
Graduated as an Economist from the University of Malta in 2005, holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Financial Law from the University of London in 2011 and also with a 14 year experience at the Maltese Financial Services Authority. Has been a leader in the Ghaxaq Youth Commission and also part of CAM youths and experienced voluntary work in Naples. She has at hearth community work and believes in the necessity to address and attain the sustainable development goals and to promote responsible economic growth.