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CND calls for a halt to construction of new nuclear power stations

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:30:17 +0000

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is calling for a halt to the construction of new nuclear power stations in light of a damning report from the National Audit Office.

A National Audit Office report on the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station says the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said, “The Department has committed electricity consumers and taxpayers to a high cost and risky deal in a changing energy marketplace. Time will tell whether the deal represents value for money, but we cannot say the Department has maximised the chances that it will be.”

Commenting on the report, the General Secretary of the Camapign for Nuclear Disarmament, Kate Hudson, said, "It is becoming increasingly clear that successive governments' obsession with developing new nuclear power stations poses a threat to the economy, consumers and the environment. It's time for the government to start investing in renewable energy which can power the UK towards a greener, sustainable future."

The National Audit Office states that since the original White Paper on nuclear power published in 2008 “the economics of nuclear power have deteriorated: estimated construction costs have increased while alternative low-carbon technologies have become cheaper”. This comes after repeated cuts in government support for renewable energy.

Government involvement in the project is also criticised, as the report notes that by taking a 50 per cent stake in the construction of the plant, the government could have achieved a strike price of £48.50 per megawatt hour. As it currently stands the strike price is a guaranteed £92.50, around twice the wholesale price.

The National Audit Office report on Hinkley Point C can be found here

*Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament


Ekklesia at Solas Festival: making change, and journeys of belief

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:42:57 +0000

Ekklesia at Solas Festival: making change, and journeys of belief

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Police need more training on hate crime, says Amnesty

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:26:31 +0000

Amnesty International has called for improved training for police into how to deal with hate crime and for a review of the hate crime legal framework as it publishes a new briefing Against Hate: Tackling hate crime in the UK. Amnesty International has called for improved training for police into how to deal with hate crime and for a review of the hate crime legal framework as it publishes a new briefing Against Hate: Tackling hate crime in the UK. The briefing, produced following a study by the University of Leicester, is a review of existing legislation and case studies from victims of hate crime, and is being published on the one-year anniversary of the European Union Referendum vote. It highlights a 42 per cent rise in hate crime in the two weeks either side of last year's referendum, mainly against members of minority ethnic and faith communities, new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The research showed that many hate crime victims are not reporting abuse, and the training of police officers across the country is inconsistent, leaving some ill-prepared in identifying and investigating cases, and therefore leading to a low conviction rate. The report includes case studies of disturbing hate crime based on disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and transgender identity – plus sectarian-motivated hate crimes in Northern Ireland. Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty UK, said: "The rise of hate crime in the UK is of significant concern for a number of reasons – and the time is now to put a stop to it. This is a problem that is both under-reported and under-resourced. "Every year hundreds of thousands of people in the United Kingdom are attacked and harassed – physically or verbally – because they are perceived as 'different'. All people of all identities should be able to go about their lives in peace, without the fear of being abused or harassed by those who seek to sow hatred and division. "In recent weeks, attacks in London and Manchester have attempted to undermine the very fabric of our society. In their wake, we have seen reports of a rise in demonising language and dangerous comments that can cause real harm to real people. Now, more than ever, we must stand together against this hatred. "We are now calling for police to receive increased training in how to respond to hate crime and support victims, for more resources to assist investigation and prosecution, and for more awareness in how victims can report hate crimes." Case studies include: Hanane, a Muslim woman in London who suffered anti-Muslim abuse on the bus while pregnant, accused of being a terrorist and threated with violence. She said: "I am finding it difficult to sleep at night and every time I go out I am afraid." Grace, an Asian woman who suffered racist abuse online from her partner's former friends, but was told by police that the comments "were not really racist...only immature men who were joking." Monique, a mother from Ghana who settled in the West Midlands with her family but suffered racist abuse following the EU Referendum as her children were told they were going to be deported. Bailey, a 13-year-old from Belfast, who was assaulted and suffered sectarian abuse. He said: "It makes me feel annoyed that I can't go somewhere without being attacked because of my religion." Cathleen, a transgender woman from Edinburgh, who was verbally abused on a bus. She said: "Historically the police and other authorities have been prejudiced towards LGBT people and this has prevented LGBT people from reporting." David, a gay man from East London, who was assaulted in a homophobic attack because he was holding hands with his partner. He said: "Since being physically attacked, I feel so much more self-conscious about holding my partner's hand or being affectionate." Michael, a 61-year-old from Belfast who has a muscle-wasting disease and was verbally abused because of his disability. He sa[...]

New heir to Saudi throne presided over Yemen intervention

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:49:13 +0000

The newly-appointed Saudi Crown Prince has defended human rights abuses and presided over his country's intervention in Yemen as Defence Minister.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince and heir to the throne. The new Crown Prince has repeatedly defended the human rights abuses of his father's regime, including the mass execution of 47 people in January 2016.

The crown prince claimed that all those killed were “terrorists” who were executed following fair trials. In fact, they included people arrested for simply attending a peaceful protest and convicted on the basis of false confessions extracted through torture. Those killed included Ali al-Ribh, who was just 17 at the time of his execution.

There is now great concern about three young pro-democracy protesters who could be executed at any moment on King Salman’s orders. Ali al-Nimr, Dawoud al-Marhoon and Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher were all juveniles when arrested.

Prince Mohammed has also been heavily criticised for presiding over the Saudi intervention in Yemen as defence minister since 2015.

Maya Foa, Director of the international human rights organisation Reprieve, said, “This is an attempt by an ageing dictator to fool the world into believing he is prepared to change. The reality is Prince Mohammed has stood alongside and publicly defended the King as young men have been tortured and executed for peacefully protesting while he has led the internationally condemned intervention in Yemen. Change will only come if the Crown Prince puts an end to the execution of juveniles, otherwise this is little more than routine spin to distract from the gravest human rights abuses.”

*More about the cases of Ali al-Nimr, Dawoud al-Marhoon and Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher, can be found here.


*Reprieve provides free legal and investigative support to people around the world facing execution, and to victims of torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing.



WCC chief greets Sami Church festival

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:48:32 +0000

At the Sami Church Days in Sweden, a festival held 14-16 June 2017, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, described how indigenous people lead the world in caring for creation.

At the Sami Church Days in Sweden, a festival held 14-16 June 2017, the World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, described how indigenous people lead the world in caring for creation.

The Sami people are an indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting lands which today encompass parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

The theme for the festival is Psalm 36:9: “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” The verse, Tveit said, is “a fantastic motto that shows how love unites all: God, nature, humankind.”

Caring for the earth means respecting and valuing what God has created, Tveit reflected. “How can we love our neighbours if we don’t care whether there’s something to live from – and live for – on this one planet? How can we love God if we don’t love the world God loves?”

All of this is connected as part of the circle of ideas that we call 'nature' today: earth, plants, animals, air, water, light and darkness, climate, temperature, said Tveit. “It has always been part of our prayers of gratitude to God from humans of all cultures and traditions.”

Indigenous people in particular have had much better expressions for this connection than many others, and know a lot about why loving one’s neighbour, loving God, and loving nature are inseparable concepts, he continued. “We have so much to learn and to do together. Indigenous peoples, their situation, and their challenges have played, and do play an important role in the work of the WCC, and it is an important part of the lives and work of the churches that is expressed through the contributions of indigenous peoples.”

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches


Protection of civilians in Syria must be ensured, says UN chief

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:57:44 +0000

Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues,the  UN Secretary-General  has called on all conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

“Civilians continue to be killed, injured and displaced at a terrifying rate [and] places of refuge, such as hospitals and schools continue to be targeted,” said the Secretary-General in a statement today.

I make an urgent appeal to all those conducting military operations in Syria to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” he added.

In the statement, the UN chief voiced particular concern for the civilians in Raqqa as well as those stuck in other besieged and hard-to-reach areas, some of whom have been deprived of food and basic medical assistance for years on end.

According to estimates, more than 430,000 civilians are in need across the larger Raqqa governorate, in areas either cut off from relief or where transporting aid is extremely difficult. In all, the crisis – now it in its seventh year – has left more than 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, displaced 6.3 million internally, and forced more than 5.1 million to flee across Syrian borders.

Further in the statement, Mr Guterres hailed the efforts of UN and humanitarian workers, who he said are “all they can to stem the suffering in Raqqa and across Syria, often at great personal risk.”

“It is critical for all parties [to the conflict] to facilitate improved humanitarian access to allow aid to reach those in urgent need of life-saving assistance without delay”, he said.

* United Nations


Howard League responds to 'devastating' report on prisoner support

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:40:30 +0000

The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to a joint inspection report on resettlement services for prisoners published yesterday The Howard League for Penal Reform has responded to a joint inspection report, An Inspection of Through the Gate Resettlement Services for Prisoners Serving 12 Months or More, published yesterday (21 June 2017). The report, published jointly by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, studies the quality and impact of ‘Through the Gate’ services – the support provided to people as they leave prison and return to the community. The inspectorates’ conclusions are damning: Through the Gate services have no real prospect of having any impact on reoffending, and if they were removed tomorrow it would not make much difference. It is the latest in a series of critical reports published by inspectorates since the Ministry of Justice introduced its Transforming Rehabilitation programme – the part-privatisation of the probation service in England and Wales. Under the reforms, a large part of the probation service was handed to 21 privately-run Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), who are now responsible for preparing prisoners for release and helping them to resettle in the community. This includes helping prisoners to find accommodation, as well as employment, training or education, and help with managing their finances, benefits and debt. Inspectors found that CRCs were focusing most of their efforts on meeting their contractual targets, to produce written resettlement plans, and not giving enough attention to responding to the needs of prisoners. Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “This is a devastating report on a growing scandal. The break-up of the public probation service, with a large part of it handed to private companies, was supposed to turn lives around, reduce reoffending and make us all safer. “Instead, successive inspection reports have shown that the risk to the public has increased, and now we learn that Through the Gate services are so useless that they could stop tomorrow and we would not notice the difference. People who are trying to lead crime-free lives are being let down. “One of the first challenges for the new government is to sort out this mess. It is time to end the dangerous experiment of ‘community rehabilitation companies’ and return to the single, successful, probation service that we used to have.” The report is based on inspections of nine resettlement prisons and 98 cases. Only two of the 98 prisoners were found accommodation thanks to the Through the Gate arrangements, and more than one in seven prisoners were released without knowing where they would sleep that night. No prisoners were helped by Through the Gate services to get education, training or a job after release. Only one prisoner had received support through a mentor scheme introduced under Through the Gate. Inspectors found that Through the Gate services had made a “minimal” contribution to addressing the needs of women who had been victims of abuse. The report also raises problems caused by overcrowding and staff shortages in prisons. Because prisons are spread unevenly across England and Wales, and because of overcrowding in jails in London and the South East, prisoners were often some way from home during their resettlement period. Inspectors were told that some prisons in the South East had been exempted from completing prisoner screenings due to staff shortages. They were producing blank screening documents, which provided no information for Through the Gate staff when they came to complete resettlement plans. The report comes less than a fortnight after the Howard League published analysis showing how the number of pe[...]

Christian Aid warns of East Africa hunger crisis

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:02:36 +0000

East Africa’s hunger crisis will reach catastrophic proportions without immediate action from the global community, Christian Aid has warned. East Africa’s hunger crisis will reach catastrophic proportions without immediate action from the global community, Christian Aid has warned. The spectre of starvation continues to hang over some 20 million people severely short of food in parts of South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. This figure could rise further still, Christian Aid said yesterday (20 June 2017) Last week, the World Food Programme warned that emergency food aid for 7.8 million Ethiopians would run out by the end of June – a claim the government denies. Meanwhile Ethiopia’s seasonal rains have failed once again, putting yet more strain on national and international relief efforts. Christian Aid’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Africa, Maurice Onyango, said: “The recent disappointing rains in Ethiopia, and also in Kenya, have shattered any faint hopes for water sources to fill up, pastures to regenerate and harvests to be viable. "It has left communities even more reliant on outside aid, stretching humanitarian agencies and local authorities to their limits. “Christian Aid is reaching tens of thousands of people with life-saving assistance, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. If we are to avert an unprecedented famine in the region, then much more help is sorely needed. "What is, today, a major crisis will tomorrow become a monumental catastrophe unless the international community find more funds to respond.” Christian Aid is helping nearly 50,000 people in some of the worst affected parts of South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Mr Onyango, who lives in Nairobi, recently travelled to drought-hit regions in Kenya and Ethiopia to support this work. He said: “The scale and intensity of this crisis is like nothing I’ve ever seen in my 17 years  as a humanitarian worker. Successive droughts and, in some cases, conflict, has stripped people of their ability to cope. “Every day children, women and men starve to death, from lack of food and lack of water. In Kenya and Ethiopia, livestock are dying in their thousands, leaving pastoralist families with no animals, no food, no assets and no option but to hope and pray for help to come.” Through local partners, Christian Aid is providing safe, clean drinking water to over 21,000 people, distributing food vouchers to 600 families, feeding hundreds of livestock owned by nearly 1,250 pastoralists, and providing support cash 1,600 families. Christian Aid’s partners are also distributing food and fishing materials to 6,000 people in South Sudan’s famine-hit Unity State: the fish in the region’s swamps offer a reliable source of nutrition for hard-to-reach communities. Before the food crisis, Christian Aid had been working in places such as North Horr, Kenya, teaching people how to protect themselves against the impacts of ever-frequent droughts – for instance, by storing hay or building underground water tanks. “I have seen first-hand the difference this makes: it can, and does, save lives,” said Mr Onyango. “If the world wants to avert future catastrophes of this scale, we need to invest in helping communities become more resilient to disasters.” *Christian Aid launched a fundraising appeal for the East Africa crisis in February 2017. * Christian Aid [Ekk/4] [...]

Queen's Speech: Child Poverty Action Group responds

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:57:54 +0000

Child Poverty Action Group is worried that the Queen's Speech contained no recognition of the growing child poverty crisis.

Following the Queen's speech today, (21 June 2017) Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group responded by saying, “We welcome the commitments to strengthen rights at work and the minimum wage for over 25 year olds, but this is a Queens Speech conspicuous for what it doesn’t mention and suggests the government is missing a serious and coherent social justice agenda.

“We are delighted that plans to scrap universal free school meals for infants weren’t in this speech and seem to have been shelved.  CPAG has long campaigned for extending free school meals and we’re pleased that the support for them that we and others expressed during the election campaign have led to this rethink. A policy that promotes healthy eating, educational attainment and helps families with the cost of living should never have been in the firing line in the first place.

“But what worries us most is that missing from the Government’s programme is any recognition or sense of urgency around the growing child poverty crisis. Despite the Prime Minister promising to prioritise the ‘burning injustice’ of poverty when she walked in to Downing Street last  summer, child poverty is still set to soar to over five million by the end of the parliament, and the government doesn’t seem to have any coherent plan or strategy to get that number down. 

“The priorities for the new Government should be helping parents with the cost of living by protecting children’s benefits from rising inflation, reversing the cuts to Universal Credit and tax credits which have reduced the rewards from work for low paid families, and long term reform and investment to help families with the costs of childcare and housing."

*Child Poverty Action Group




US church leaders express ‘deep moral concerns’ on Budget cuts

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:19:48 +0000

Christian leaders are gathering in Washington DC to oppose budget cuts that would harm the poor.

Christian leaders today (21 June 2017) expressed opposition to federal budget cuts that would harm people living in hunger and poverty. Their statement represents the first broad-based, ecumenical response to the ongoing budget debates since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

The Christian leaders belong to the Circle of Protection, a broad coalition of leaders from all the families of US Christianity, who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect poor and vulnerable people. They are calling on “political leaders in the House and the Senate to express their faith convictions in their votes.”

The Christian leaders flew in to Washington DC from across the country, and will personally meet with members of Congress to deliver the statement. “We organised the Circle of Protection to look at budget and policy choices from the bottom-up and outside-in. The US Catholic Bishops have said the poor and vulnerable have the greatest needs, but the least power. Our faith and America’s values call us to put the poor first. The human consequences of misplaced priorities threaten the lives and dignity of the vulnerable among us and the moral consequences challenge the consciences of all of us.”

The statement reads in part, “The Trump Administration’s budget proposal has now been presented to Congress. We believe budgets are moral documents; they reveal our values and show our priorities, whether for families, churches, organisations, or governments. Budgets show who and what we view as important, and, likewise, who and what are not. We have deep moral concerns about the way this budget would impact those we are called to protect…”

The church leaders also reiterated their commitment to working with all members of Congress to build a budget that defends those who need protecting. They urged Congress to improve the US. healthcare system in ways that guard the health of people who are most at risk.

“As Congress considers budget and appropriation bills and potential health care legislation, we urge our leaders to approve bills that do not put the lives of the most vulnerable in danger…”

The Trump administration has proposed significant budget cuts to programs for people who are poor, hungry, weak, sick, and vulnerable. This includes cuts to programmes such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and foreign assistance.

Read the full statement here

*Circle of Protection


New York State Senate passes resolution supporting refugees

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:31:10 +0000

The  New York State Senate passed a resolution yesterday proclaiming support for the resettlement of refugees and urging other states to support similar efforts nationwide.

The  New York State Senate passed a resolution yesterday (20 June 2017) proclaiming support for the resettlement of refugees and urging other states to support similar efforts nationwide. The resolution also called on Governor Cuomo to formally proclaim New York’s recognition of World Refugee Day on June 20.

The passage follows a similar action by the New York State Assembly last week.

“From the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to the harbour, to the rich diversity of our modern cities, New York has long been a leader in welcoming those seeking refuge on our shores,” said Anita Teekah, legislative coordinator for Amnesty International USA’s member groups throughout the state. “It’s critical that those of us who welcome refugees speak out loud and strong to show that in New York we value human rights for all.”

“Despite some elected officials’ constant attempts to vilify refugees, local communities across the country are demonstrating that most people reject bigotry and want to treat people fleeing violence with compassion,” said Naureen Shah, senior director for campaigns at Amnesty International USA. “Today’s action by New York is a powerful rebuke to hateful policies that would leave millions of people vulnerable to war and deadly violence.”

Amnesty International USA contributed to the drafting of the resolution.

* Amnesty International USA


Quakers in Britain condemn all acts of violence

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:14:42 +0000

In the light of recent tragedies, Paul Parker, the Recording Clerk of Quakers in Britain, has issued a statement condemning all acts of violence

Paul Parker, Recording Clerk, has made this statement on behalf of Quakers in Britain.

"In the light of recent tragedies, Quakers in Britain again recognise the continuing imperative to listen, to build bridges and to further pursue our common humanity, one with another.

"The work of peacemaking and peacebuilding in our homes, in our communities, in our nations and between our nations is never ending. The Quaker faith community continues to pursue peace in all its nonviolent forms, believing that each human life is precious.

"Quakers lovingly uphold all those affected by the recent tragedies. People of all faiths should be able to live and worship in peace.

"Along with others, Quakers find themselves re-examining their own lives in the light of the extreme times we live in. Quakers are reminded to 'Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our [peace] testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God'".

* Quakers are known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Around 23,000 people attend 478 Quaker meetings in Britain. Their commitment to equality, justice, peace, simplicity and truth challenges them to seek positive social and legislative change.

*Quakers in Britain


Property rights and Christianity

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:05:43 +0000

Property rights and Christianity

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UN urges 'reboot' of drought responses to focus on preparedness

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:06:28 +0000

Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to coping with extreme drought, because responding to such situations when they hit might be too late, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency said yesterday Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to coping with extreme drought, because responding to such situations when they hit might be too late, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency said yesterday (19 June 2017) “People die because they are not prepared to face the impacts of the drought – because their livelihoods are not resilient enough,” Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told an international seminar in Rome, recalling that more than 250,000 people perished from hunger in the 2011 drought in Somalia. “Saving livelihoods means saving lives – this is what building resilience is all about”, he added, noting that for years, the focus has been responding to droughts when they happen, rushing to provide emergency assistance and to keep people alive. While these emergency responses are important, investing in preparedness and resilience puts countries on a footing to act quickly before it is too late, meaning that farmers and rural communities are better positioned to cope with extreme weather when it does hit. The need for a global drought re-boot is pressing. The many impacts of drought drive not only hunger and instability but cause economic losses up to $8 billion each annually. As the planet's climate changes, severe dry-spells are becoming more and more frequent. Since the 1970s, the land area affected by situations of drought has doubled. The burden is especially high in developing countries, where agriculture remains an economic mainstay. Over 80 per cent of damage and losses caused by drought are born by agriculture in the developing world, FAO studies have shown. Africa in particular has borne the brunt. Between 2005 and 2016, 84 droughts affected 34 different African nations. At yesterday's event, the FAO and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen their cooperation. They will cooperate in improving agro-meteorological data, tools and methods as well as enhancing access by small farmers to products and services to help them anticipate and proactively prepare for droughts. “WMO provides guidance and scientific information to strengthen national services responsible for addressing drought risks to agriculture”, said the WMO Secretary General, Petteri Taalas. “We encourage countries to take early action against drought and to move towards a more proactive approach.” The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) President, Gilbert F. Houngbo, emphasised the need to break the cycle of crisis, disaster and relief, calling on the international community to be proactive and to think not just of today's emergencies, but also how to prevent tomorrow's. “This means investing in smallholder farmers to help them address productivity challenges, give them access to markets and finance and most importantly encourage climate-smart agriculture so that when the drought inevitably comes, they have the tools they need to survive and thrive”, said Mr Houngbo. * United Nations [Ekk/4] [...]

Home Office vigil for World Refugee Day

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:53:33 +0000

London Catholic Worker will mark World Refugee Day with a vigil at the Home Office.

Since 2014 London Catholic Worker has been holding monthly prayer vigils outside the Foreign Office and the Home Office, remembering the men, women and children who have died on their journeys to Europe, and praying for all migrants and refugees around the world. Today, (20 June 2017) to mark World Refugee Day, they will hold a special vigil at The Home Office, from 12.30pm to 14.30pm. There will be a short Christian liturgy, including a litany of recent migrant deaths on Europe's borders. As well as prayer there will be music, poetry and reflections. All are welcome.

*London Catholic Worker