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Update of 7th May 2022

  • Go to our J&P e-bulletins page to see the May 2022 issue of the NJPN NW e-bulletin, along with introductory comments from Anne O’Connor.

Update of 4th April 2022

  • Go to our J&P e-bulletins page to see the April 2022 issue of the NJPN NW e-bulletin, along with introductory comments from Anne O’Connor.

Update of 23rd March 2022

  • Go to our Resources page  to see a new Stations of the Cross ‘Healing through the Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ’ 

Update of 16th March 2022

  • Go to our J&P e-bulletins page to see the March 2022 issue of the NJPN NW e-bulletin, along with introductory comments from Anne O’Connor.

Update of 28th February 2022

  • Go to our MouthPeace page for the Spring 2022 issue, along with introductory comments from Marian – including reference to the Ukrainian invasion.

Update of 6th February 2022

  • Go to our J&P page to see the February 2022 issue of the NJPN NW e- bulletin
  • Go to our Resources page to see the leaflets Journey from Lent to Easter and An Ecological Way of the Cross

Update of 15th January 2022

Here we have a belated uploading of MouthPeace for Winter 2021, and a more timely uploading of the NJPN E Bulletin for January 2022 issues. See our MouthPeace and E Bulletins pages for Editors’ introductions and access to back numbers.

Update of 9th January 2022

Here we have a belated uploading of the E Bulletin issues for mid-November 2021 and December 2021. See our E Bulletins page for those issues, along with Anne’s introductions and greetings for Christmas and the New Year.

Update of 5th November 2021

In a packed edition the NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin for November 2021 focuses on COP26 with the first of a series of daily reports from Ellen Teague and Jo Siedlecka for Independent Catholic News – look out for on future reports at Other items include a challenging speech by Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, an inspiring story of love and friendship, a report on Prisons Week including a short video clip which is well-worth watching, white poppies for peace, book reviews and a packed diary. Please read and pass on.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 12th October 2021

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for mid October covers a wide range of events and articles. The theme running through this issue is hope. We hear the voice of hope in the power of the human spirit in art, poetry, and stories: three Dads, former strangers united in grief, channelling the loss of their daughters to suicide to help others; 23 year-old footballer Marcus Rashford honoured in his home city for speaking out for children who live in poverty in the UK; 22 year-old Vian, who fled war in her Syrian homeland and is now continuing her training as an artist at college here; homeless people on park benches sharing their stories and building ‘community’; refugees and those who care for the dying finding hope in the belief that even ‘in a broken world, things aren’t fully broken’; hope to be found in Christ’s solidarity with the suffering earth and its potential restoration as described in a powerful article by Celia Deane -Drummond; hope, as Cardinal Vincent Nichols says, that the forthcoming synod will ‘make hopes flourish, stimulate trust, bind up wounds, and build bridges … to restore our common mission’; and hope that young people will be changemakers to create a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Please read and pass on.

Anne O’Connor

Update of 25th September 2021

In the run-up to COP26 the October issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin features several articles on the climate crisis. The plight of refugees and the government’s approach to this humanitarian issue comes under criticism as well as the current plan to end the Universal Credit top-up. Also included are some innovative online resources from the Arts world, linking climate change, racism and refugees. We have advance notice of Challenge Poverty Week 11-17 October and Asylum Matters Week of Action 18-24 October plus a song and a poem for peace to celebrate Peace One Day (21 September) and look forward to International Peace Day (2 October). Look for some interesting diary dates too. Please pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 1st September 2021

The September issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with the current crisis in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of peace-keeping troops by the US. As the UK prepares to welcome refugees escaping persecution, Mayor Sadiq Khan condemns the immorality of hosting an Arms Fair in the London Docklands this September. Also featured this month are two important and contrasting synods: first the Root & Branch synod taking place in Bristol and by zoom from 5-12 September with discussions on ways to foster greater inclusivity for lay people, especially women, in the Catholic Church; the second the three-stage synod commissioned by Pope Francis which will culminate in October 2023. Sadly, this synod is structured in a way that gives power solely to local bishops to feedback comments and suggestions as they choose. For meaningful change to occur it’s vital for parishioners to seize the opportunity to dialogue with our bishops to make sure the views of the laity are heard and passed on. Women make up at least half of our congregations and yet the lectionary remains largely male-centric. A new lectionary compiled by a US Hebrew scholar seeks to address that imbalance, giving more focus to the role of women and girls to ‘centre’ on their stories and revealing that in the Hebrew Bible, the word for ‘Spirit of God’ (ruah) is grammatically feminine.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 29th August 2021

Message from Marian Thompson

I am pleased to send you Autumn Mouthpeace ..maybe it seems early for the Autumn but the Season of Creation starts next Wednesday Sept 1st and activities have been prepared for that day and the following weekend and continuing through the season in our Dioceses.   It is good to see that there is plenty going on.

There is a wide variety of issues covered both environmental and peace issues which we are recognising are closely linked together.   Also suggestions for reading and places to visit.

Thank you to all of you who wrote articles or sent suggestions of where I could find useful information.  I am very pleased that Lancaster Diocese are now joining us and we hope to hear from people there in the next Mouthpeace.

With every good wish


Update of 11th August 2021

A disturbing report released by the IPPC, the UN’s intergovernmental advisory panel on climate change, on 9 August spells out the danger for our planet in no uncertain terms. The August issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin focuses on the urgent need to make radical changes before it is too late – let’s redouble our efforts in the run-up to COP26. The bulletin also features an interview with James Timpson who has employed ex-prisoners in his family firm since 2008 and says putting trust in people pays off, plus an article from former The Tablet journalist Liz Dodd who is leaving the field of journalism to prepare for the novitiate with the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace. We pay a heartfelt tribute to Charlie Burchell, former Chair of Shrewsbury Justice and Peace Commission who played a key role in the diocese in the 1980s and 1990s. There are several books suggested for summer reading plus diary dates.

For reports of the recent NJPN Conference please go to Independent Catholic News or look out for the next NJPN News Bulletin.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 17th July 2021

No one deserves to receive vitriolic abuse and death threats, certainly not for missing a penalty shot in a football final. If the unlucky England strikers had been white would there have been a racist backlash? The mid July NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with these recent events that expose a disturbing undercurrent of racism in our country. The England team manager Gareth Southgate has inspired many with his humility, his calm and decisive leadership and the loving way he guides his young team. In a letter written at the start of Euro 2020 he outlined his vision for the team and beyond, printed here in full. Other articles feature the government’s response to the plight of refugees, and preparations for COP26 and climate crisis, highlighted by terrible floods across Western Europe resulting in loss of life. The Primate of All Ireland criticises the UK government’s decision to ‘draw a line’ under the troubles in Northern Ireland, there is disappointment at Parliament’s decision to ratify the UK’s aid budget cuts, as well as the disturbing news that the online giant Amazon destroys unsold products, plus an account of the recent Christian CND Zoom conference attended by more 90 people.

Please pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Updates of 6th July 2021

The NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin for July covers a range of topics from Climate Change, Covid crisis funding, a tribute to Martha White, US Civil Rights activist, an article on the thorny issue of women priests, resources and diary dates plus an urgent action request to lobby your MP by the Reset the Debt campaign in advance of a parliamentary debate on 8 July. Please read and pass on.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

And an apology from Bernard Payne for a belated uploading of Anne’s additional Bulletin for mid-June:

An extra edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin for mid-June features a wide range of resources for Refugee Week 14-20 June including a series of audio dramas from Counterpoint Arts by contemporary Kosovan and Balkan writers, available on Zoom plus news of a photographic series to echo this year’s theme ‘We cannot walk alone.’ Other news articles look at the horrific discovery of a mass grave at a residential school for indigenous children in Canada; German Cardinal Marx’s resignation regarding the Church’s ‘systemic failure’ on abuse; reports from JRS, CAFOD and LIfe on the Breadline. Joan Baez is honoured by the Kennedy Centre for performing Arts for her humanitarian and peace work over a long career. There are obituaries of Sr Isabel Kelly, campaigner against human trafficking, and broadcaster Peter France. Faiths4Change are offering fully funded places on an accredited course in Liverpool to explore climate change and carbon footprints and Green Christian announce a VI Form module based on Laudato Si’. Book reviews and diary dates complete a packed bulletin. Please read and pass on.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Updates of 30th May 2021

Note from Marian Thomson:

Hello everyone, at last it feels a bit warmer with the hint of some summer weather to come, so I am pleased to send you Summer MouthPeace to read when you have some time. There is a variety of things happening in our area, but of course now we can travel widely while at home and catch up things we may have missed earlier. .

Thank you for your contributions.

In case you are wondering the line of climate books was produced by a member of our MESS environmental group in Marple.

In peace


Note from Anne O’Connor:

The NW NJPN E-Bulletin for June leads with a moving poem highlighting the current escalation of violence in the Holy Land with a link to last week’s main NJPN bulletin devoted exclusively to articles and action ideas about the conflict. Eye-witness accounts of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the Indian population, especially in the poorer areas, is given by six religious Sisters. There is also coverage of the Pastoral Letter for Pentecost issued by the Bishops of England and Wales with a focus on the pressing issue of climate change, encouraging news from Operation Noah that the Methodist, Unitarian and Free Churches have all voted to disinvest from fossil fuels. and a report of this month’s NJPN AGM by Zoom with a talk on homeschooling during Covid and two follow-up opinion pieces. Other reports look at ways parishes can be more welcoming to deaf people, lobbying for inclusive language in the Lectionary by the Scottish Laity Network and how a popular television programme is helping highlight the story of Sophie Lancaster, a hate crime victim.  All this plus resources and diary dates. Please read and pass on.

Here is the main NJPN May bulletin referred to above: NJPN-E-Bulletin-18-May

Update of 7th May 2021

An extra edition of the NW NJPN E-Bulletin to cover Mid-May into June – too many current articles to hold over till next time! Features include reflections for the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland; Richard Ratcliffe’s powerful account of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s plight as his battle to secure her release drags on; birthday wishes and support for 84 year-old Indian Jesuit, Fr Stan Swamy,  imprisoned on charges of terrorism; the Covid emergency in India where faiths are working together to help those in crisis; a moving opinion piece by a woman who has felt marginalised by the Church because of being childless; an interview with Sr. Nathalie Becquart, one of the two new undersecretaries for the Vatican’s office of the Synod of Bishops which gives hope that the laity (and women) will have a voice in the upcoming synod; an account of President Biden’s first 100 days in office which give cause for hope; conflicting statements on the issue of same sex unions resulting in young people walking away from the Church; obituaries of Fr John Kearns CP and Michael Bourdeaux, founder of Keston College; plus resources and diary dates.

Please read and pass on to others. Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd April 2021

In a packed issue, the May NW NJPN E-Bulletin covers a wide range of subjects: 8 years after Rana Plaza factory collapse which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013, we look at concerns over poor safety standards, forced child and adult labour, fair trade and the environmental impact of the fashion industry as we celebrate Fashion Revolution Week 19-25 April; a new survey invites children to share their hopes for a post-pandemic world;  there are resources for Refugee Week 14-20 June; articles on COP26 and ambitious plans to reach net zero carbon emissions in the North West by 2040; a report of the verdict just announced in the George Floyd murder trial; a review of a Channel 4 documentary examining the UK police policy of Stop and Search which targets a disproportionate number of young black men; serious concerns about the UK government’s lack of support for the Palestinian people as raised by the Balfour Project and echoed by many NGOs; and a fruitful dialogue and apology following an article in the April E-Bulletin relating to the suspension of a teacher in Batley that some regarded as Islamophobic.

Please pass on to others.

Best wishes

Anne O’Connor

Update of 7th April 2021

The April NW NJPN E-Bulletin looks at responses to the UK Government’s recent report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities which has been widely criticised by various groups. Readers may wish to compare the report’s finding with the personal experiences documented in the winning essays from the Columban’s competition for schools (featured in the Easter edition of this bulletin). In the light of the recent controversy over a religious studies lesson in Batley, the thorny issue of freedom of speech is tackled by Irish comedian, playwright, journalist, and political satirist Andrew Doyle. Plans for changes to the UK immigration system are challenged by the Boaz Trust alongside a positive report from Manchester-based Migrant Support celebrating their valuable work. Other articles look at climate change, green mining, life on the breadline, local grassroot groups working together to bring about change for the good of all, and the impact of Pope Francis’ recent visit to Iraq. Resources include an inspirational book by Stuart Lawrence ahead of his brother Stephen Lawrence’s annual Memorial Day on 22 April and a short film from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charting the lives of three working-class women from Doncaster, plus Easter reflections and poems.

Do please pass on to others and sign up for the fortnightly NJPN E-Bulletin which contains a wealth of information and campaign action ideas at:

Anne O’Connor

Updates of 26th March 2021

  • Stations of the Cross in a Time of Fear and UncertaintyYouTube presentation with music and pictures by St William of York parish Sheffield. Words: Anne O’Connor and St William’s parish

The Easter edition of the NW NJPN E BULLETIN features three frank and heart-felt sharings on the reality of living as a young BAME person on today’s Britain – winners of the Columban’s recent competition ‘Let’s Create a World Without Racism’, plus an article, published first in 2016 but still relevant today, from a Black University Minister in the US.  Other items include the UK government’s plan to increase our nuclear arsenal which is seen by campaigning groups as ‘a dangerous U-turn which contravenes the aims of the Non-Proliferation Treaty’.  Pax Christi is launching a virtual ‘Pilgrimage for Peace’ with exciting initiatives to raise funds and awareness of the vital work of this campaigning group. There are book reviews, Easter poems, and resources, including a link to a moving adaptation of the Stations of the Cross in a Time of Fear and Uncertainty by my late daughter’s parish in Sheffield.

Please pass on to others. Wishing you all the joys and blessings of the Easter season as we journey together in hope.

Anne O’Connor

Update of 17th March 2021

International Women’s Day on 8 March should have been a time to celebrate the achievements of women across the world and to commit to bringing about equality for women everywhere. The murder of Sarah Everard brought into sharp focus that more measures and a radical change in attitude are needed for women to feel safe as they go about their daily lives. At the time of writing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe awaits the outcome of a second trial which may result in further incarceration in an Iranian prison – please pray for her and her family. This issue focuses on issues affecting and/or written by women.

Please read and pass on. Stay safe.,  Anne O’Connor

Update of  8th March 2021

In a thought-provoking introduction, Marian draws certain  parallels between the Coronavirus crisis and the climate emergency:

“Do you remember February 2020 when a mystery lung disease had hit the hospitals of northern Italy? My daughter, a GP in Manchester, seemed to be the prophet of doom in our family and warned that we should all be careful as disaster to her seemed obviously inevitable. Did the rest of the family listen? Of course not, assuming she was again on her high horse …. I am wondering if it is not the same with the climate emergency? ….  How many are denying there is a climate emergency? Maybe we need to be the prophets of doom in this context and speak up when others are indifferent or even hostile. For this we need to be well armed with information ourselves. There is plenty to help us take up this challenge as this edition of Mouthpeace illustrates.”

Update of 1st March 2021

  • Here is the link to the latest issue of the NJPN NW Bulletin:

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin March 2021

This issue focuses on climate change alongside examining the impact of Covid-19, especially on those who live on the margins and makes the links between these two pressing issues.

It marks a welcome return to the monthly series of Bulletins produced by Anne O’Connor following the break since summer 2020 and the family tragedy that Anne had suffered. See the J&P e-bulletins page for further information on the Bulletins – including the fortnightly newsletter produced by NJPN.

Update of 1th February 2021

  • Here is the link to Anne’s meditation of the Stations of the Cross, prepared for this time of trouble and distress. It can also be found via the Resources page of the website.( It is PDF document, 2-sides of A4)

Stations of the Cross in a time of Fear and Uncertainty

Update of 29th January 2021

  • Here is the link to the Lenten Reflection leaflet produced by Anne O’Connor. This can also be found on via the Resources page of the website, and it comes with the invitation from Anne to please use and pass on as you wish. It is a 2-sided leaflet in pdf format:

New Beginnings – A Journey from Lent to Easter

Update of 28th November 2020

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace:  Mouthpeace Winter 2020-21
  • Go to the MouthPeace page of our website  for the link to all recent back numbers.

Update of 20th October 2020

  • Go to our Resources page for the weekly series of Advent 2020 Reflections prepared by Anne O’Connor. Anne provides this background to the Reflections:

My daughter Annie who died in June of natural causes was a scripture scholar and former teacher. For the past four years she worked for Church Army tutoring the Evangelists in Training – lay people who are then qualified to work in parishes implementing community support programmes,  especially in areas of social deprivation.  This year’s Advent Reflections are based on Annie’s writings. I‘ve included some background information in each one as they can either stand alone or be used as a set for the four weeks. Church Army has given permission to use extracts from some of the articles she wrote for them and are delighted to see her work carrying on in this way. Please pass on for parish or individual use.

Update of 7th September 2020

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace, the second to be issued in online-only form: Mouthpeace Autumn 2020
  • And here is the first online issue that somehow slipped through the website net (apologies from Bernard):  Mouthpeace Summer 2020

The Autumn 2020 issue comes accompanied by this message from Marian: I am pleased to send you our second digital MouthPeace. There are several peace ‘events’ during the next two months as well as the Season of Creation. Also latest news about the newly-retired Steve Atherton. Thank you to all who sent me material … please think about doing the same in November! Take care and keep smiling.

Update of 12th June 2020

  • Please see the J&P e-bulletins page for the very sad news received from Anne O’Connor about the tragic death of her daughter Annie. It includes a moving tribute to Annie. Very understandably Anne won’t be able to carry on with the monthly e-Bulletin, and she is uncertain as to its future – but she sets out a number of alternative sources of information that readers may wish to use.

Our love and prayers go out to Anne and family at this very sad time.

Update of 12th June 2020

Update of 16th May 2020

Update of 17th April 2020

  • See our J&P e-bulletins page for the NW NJPN E-Bulletins for May 2020 (and a late uploading of April 2020, due to broadband problems in the website editor’s household only recently solved!).

Update of 28th February 2020

  • See our MouthPeace page for Issue 109, Spring 2020 – along with an important note from editor Marian Thompson about the future move to online-only production from Autumn 2020 onwards.

Update of 25th February 2020

  • See our J&P e-bulletins page for the NW NJPN E-Bulletin for March 2020.

Update of 26th January 2020

  • See our J&P e-bulletins page for the NW NJPN E-Bulletin for February 2020, and
  • See our Resources page for the series of Lent 2020 leaflets, produced by Anne O’Connor on behalf of the national J&P Network.

Update of 6th January 2020

The January 2020 issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin focuses on the aftermath of the December 2019 General Election with an excellent in-depth analysis of “Our uprooted nation: from Brexit to a Christian vision of the Common Good” by Anna Rowlands – a long read but well worth it.  A last minute addition comes from Sojourners USA following the assassination of Iranian General Qasim Soleimani by the Trump administration – see page 12.  World Peace Day is also featured alongside two articles by a 16 year-old student from Macclesfield and tributes to eco-theologian Ed Echlin and HCPT founder Br Michael Strode who died recently.  Here in the UK we look at a new Care for the Elderly initiative from CSAN, the Catholic People’s Week programme for 2020, art and film reviews and a diary of local and national events – all making up a varied bulletin.

Do please pass on to others.
Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 22nd November 2019

  • Here’s the latest issue of MouthPeace, which is also accessible from the MouthPeace page of our website:  MP108 Winter 2019


 Update of 10th November 2019

  • Following on from the tradition of a Lenten journey prayer calendar, here’s a Calendar for Advent, with daily readings, prayers and reflections. Click here to open the PDF (also accessible from our Resources page): AN ADVENT JOURNEY

Update of 4th November 2019

  • See our Resources Page for the 2019 series of Advent Reflections, drawn from Sunday scripture readings during Advent, reflections, prayers and action ideas based on the theme of creation and climate change.
  • “Voices from the Holy Land”: Here is the poster for the Annual Reflection Day being held on 23rd November, organised by the NW Regional Group of Sabeel-Kairos: Sabeel-Kairos Reflection Day poster 23-11-19

Update of 31st October 2019

Update of 25th September 2019

Climate change action dominates the October NW NJPN E Bulletin leading with Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN on 23 September plus articles from Extinction Rebellion, the Columbans, Unfold Zero, Green Christian, Amnesty International and Living Streets as well as an opinion piece from regular columnist US pastor and activist John Pavlovitz. Pat Gaffney reports on the Women in Black movement and Leeds J&P announce a prayer network initiative. Other topics include Safeguarding, World Mission Day and VMM’s 50th Anniversary, Diversity celebrated at the Notting Hill Carnival, Prisons Week, Jesuit Refugee Service, Male Slavery in Britain, World Day of the Poor, Church Action on Poverty, Housing Justice Sunday, Group News from Marple and a new CAFOD Schools Programme based on Laudato Si’. All this plus book reviews and a packed diary!

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Updates of 25th August 2019

In the midst of some lovely late summer weather, Editor Marian Thompson is pleased to be circulating the Autumn 2019 issue of MouthPeace. Details of the Liverpool Romero lecture on September 25 are to be found on page 3. Thank you to all those who sent in articles – a very good variety.

Best wishes, Marian (editor)

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for September 2019 covers a wide range of issues both in the region and around the world including the Amazon fires, campaigns to divest from fossil fuels, halt the September DSEI Arms Fair, and promote the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.  Also featured are the End Hunger UK Week of Action and the World Week of Prayer for Palestine and Israel.  A disturbing report reveals a rise in Child Poverty and we look at the ongoing damage caused by President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and gun violence in the US.  Plus a packed diary of local and national events for the Autumn.
Please pass on to others.
Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd July 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin August 2019

As we look back on Refugee Week (17-23 June) the August edition of the Bulletin casts a spotlight on the immigration crisis on the US southern border, leading with an article by the photo-journalist who captured the tragic image of a young father who drowned with his infant daughter as thy tried to cross over from Mexico.

The current crisis, exacerbated by President Trump’s anti-immigration drive, is echoed in the less-publicised scandal of those who have died trying to find a better life in Europe.  A hard-hitting opinion piece by Sarah Teather, Director Jesuit Refugee Service, looks at the hostility directed towards asylum seekers in detention in the UK, alongside a moving essay on refugees by a young Macclesfield parishioner which forms part of her GCSE coursework.

Other topics include food poverty and a focus on the NW town of Oldham where a strong community spirit is turning the hardships in the area around.  Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct is also featured with articles on Climate Change and Live Simply.  The Vatican Document on Gender Equality is welcomed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Association of Catholic Women followed by a compassionate opinion editorial by a Dominican Sister who for the past 20 years has helped people in the transgender community in the US stay close to God and to the Catholic Church by giving space to listen to them.

All this, plus a letters page, summer reading recommendations and a packed diary of local and national events.  Please pass on to others.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

Update of 27th June 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin July 2019

Issued on the day of The Time is Now Lobby of Parliament, the July 2019 edition of the North West National Justice and Peace (NJPN) E Bulletin has a strong focus on Climate Change and environmental issues. Bruce Kent’s commitment to Justice and Peace is celebrated  as he enters his 90th year and there are challenging opinion pieces from Mary Colwell (page 1-2) and Ellen Teague (page 7).
Current campaigns feature corporate tax avoidance, Richard Ratcliffe’s hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran for more than 3 years, World Refugee Day, and 5 Weeks Too Long (re Universal Credit payments). Campaign Against Arms Trade welcomes the Court of Appeal verdict overturning a 2017 High Court judgment allowing the UK to export arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils a “well-being” budget to support vulnerable people and the 25th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark and the 40th since Traidcraft was launched are celebrated.
Pax Christi news, book reviews and a comprehensive diary add up to a 15-page bulletin.

Don’t forget to book for the NJPN Annual Conference 25-28 July, run this year with Church Action on Poverty – details on page 15.

Please read and pass on.

Best wishes,  Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd May 2019

  • Here, in time for the Spring Bank Holiday, is the Summer 2019 issue of MouthPeace magazine: MP 106 Summer 2019

Update of 22nd May 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin June 2019

The June edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with an account of the 2019 NJPN AGM as ‘a thriving lay-led church organisation for justice and Peace’.  Pax Christi’s AGM highlighted action for peace and non-violence including plans to expand the current schools outreach programme using a team of volunteers. Forthcoming conferences include Liverpool’s Annual Assembly on the theme of climate change, Sabeel-Kairos on building peace in the Holy Land and NJPN’s which will look at ‘Being Church on the Margins’ in collaboration with Church Action on Poverty.

We mourn the death of Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community.
Other topics include climate change, the Arms Trade and nuclear weapons, Conscientious Objectors’ Day, violence in Gaza and the 71st anniversary of the Nakba – the forced driving out of Palestinians from their homeland, slow progress for the cause for women deacons in the Catholic Church, plus support for victims of domestic violence and abuse and the launch of a new mental health text support service.
Local reports and a packed diary add up to 18 pages of articles with links to help readers explore in more depth.
Do please pass on to others.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

Update of 29th April 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin May 2019

“With the signing of the Good Friday agreement, my generation, the children and grandchildren of the civil rights protesters were told we would be the first to enjoy peace in decades. But just because we’re not at war anymore doesn’t mean the shadow of the gunman has left the room” – the prophetic words of Lyra McKee, killed by a bullet on Easter Thursday.

The other lead story in the May edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is Climate Change with reports of 16 year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s visit to the UK plus a new Laudato Si Centre for Salford announced by Bishop John Arnold.  Another Bishop in the news, Declan Lang of Clifton, the lead Catholic Bishop for International Affairs, urges the UK government to promote the global abolition of the death penalty. Atrocities in Sri Lanka, UK Arms sales to Yemen, a €13 billion allocation by the EU Parliament for the defence industry, the suspicious death of an environmentalist La Salle lay brother in Peru, ongoing support for migrants in Calais, activist Rachel Corrie killed whilst trying to block an Israeli armoured bulldozer in 2003 remembered, plus a focus on young people with the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit – Christ is Alive! are also covered. Film and book reviews and a wide range of local events plus current news reports make for a packed bulletin.

Please feel free to pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 30th March 2019

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin April 2019

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for April 2019 leads with an article by Pax Christi’s former General Secretary Pat Gaffney looking back over her 29 years of dedicated service. An opinion piece by Dr Anna Rowlands challenges us to consider our response to the Shamima Begum case and we look too at the New Zealand  terrorist attack in a hard-hitting article by an Australian theologian. There’s a report of the annual Ash Wednesday witness for peace at the Ministry of Defence as well as a plea for an end to UK arms sales to Yemen and the disturbing news of a thanksgiving service to be held by the government at Westminster  Abbey to mark 50 years of the UK’s nuclear weapons systems.
Climate change is the subject of Bishop John Arnold’s Lent Pastoral Letter followed by the winning entry and runner-up in the Columbans’ climate change competition for young people – both excellent. An interesting article that readers may not have picked up on comments on a fact-finding visit by religious leaders from USA and South Africa to Israel and Palestine which compares racial discrimination in the former countries to the conflict in the Holy Land.  All this plus news reports, resources and a packed diary including details of the NJPN Annual Conference in July – not to be missed!.

Do please feel free to pass the bulletin on to others.

Wishing all our readers a blessed Easter.

Anne O’Connor

Updates of 22nd February 2019

January saw the passing of two priests whose lives and spirituality have nourished and inspired many in the J&P community – Fr Owen Hardwicke and Fr Tom Cullinan. The March issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin looks back on their lives and pays tributes to their ministry. Thanks are also paid to retiring NJPN Administrator Ann Kelly after 12 years of service and a warm welcome to her successor Geoff Thompson. A rousing talk by activist Phil Kingston on Christian Climate Action and the campaigning group Extinction Rebellion is also featured alongside a talk by regular contributor Ellen Teague of the Columban JPIC Team. There are reports on Holocaust Day, Child Trafficking, Pax Christi, Prison Sentencing Reforms, a Welcome Mass for LGBT+ Catholics and their families led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Women Deacons, Clerical Abuse and a wealth of Lent Resources plus a packed Diary. Please pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 11th February 2019

From here and from our Resources page you can access the series of three Lent 2019 leaflets prepared by Anne O’Connor for the NJPN. Each of the leaflets is designed to be printed out in A4 3-fold format:

Update of 11th January 2019

The latest NW NJPN E Bulletin covers January to February with articles on the  recent COP24 talks in Poland, contributions from CAFOD, Christian Aid, the Fairtrade Foundation, Church Action on Poverty, Pax Christi, the Conference of Religious and the Jesuit Refugee Service, plus a packed diary of NW and national events.  Look out too for an interesting opinion piece from Professor Paul Rogers from the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University. Regular guest contributor Jon Kuhrt, former Director of the West London Mission, has been appointed as a specialist advisor with the government’s Rough Sleeper Initiative team. We wish him every success.

Please free to pass on to others.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Updates of 28th November 2018

  • As the weather gets colder, MouthPeace Editor Marian Thompson is pleased to publish the Winter issue of the quarterly journal :   MP 104 Winter 2018-19
  • Advent Reflections 2018:  Go to our Resources page to see the week-by-week series of  reflections prepared by Anne O’Connor. Please copy and pass round as you wish.
  • NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin December 2018

The December NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with a hard-hitting Remembrance Day homily by a Leicestershire priest, plus a reflection, also making links to the Arms Trade, from Christine Allen of Christian Aid, the newly appointed Director for CAFOD.  Several pages are devoted to highlights from the UN Special Rapporteur’s damning analysis of poverty in the UK.  Climate change also features extensively as well as book reviews and a comprehensive diary going right through till March 2019.

Do please pass on to others.

Wishing all our readers the joys of the Christmas season and a peaceful New Year.

Anne O’Connor

Update of 24th October 2018:

The November NW NJPN E Bulletin celebrates the canonisation of Oscar Romero and features his final homily, cut short by an assassin’s bullet.  Other articles this month highlight Bishop Mark O’Toole’s Pastoral Letter on Clergy Abuse and the Youth Synod’s discussion of sexual abuse of minors plus the role of women in the Church; Christian Aid’s warning of the danger of ‘playing politics with aid’; a new document on ‘A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform’  for England and Wales; Nobel Prize Peace winners; peace issues including the 100th anniversary of WWI; Mental Health Day and suicide prevention;  Tax Justice;  Fracking protestors freed; Climate Change;  Fairtrade; Homeless street deaths; film and theatre reviews and a packed diary.

The bulletin is being mailed a week early in time for the forthcoming diary dates. Please enjoy and pass on to others.

Best wishes,  Anne O’Connor

Update of 29th September 2018:

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for October 2018 leads with extracts from a series of report by journalists Ellen Teague of the Columbans and Josephine Siedlecka, editor of Independent Catholic News following their recent participation on the biennial seminar for Catholic journalists ‘The Church Up Close’.  270 delegates from the six faith groups of Churches Together in England met to strengthen their commitment to working together with Jesus at the centre of their common mission.  Campaign updates from Aid to the Church in Need, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty are included as well as a briefing from the Catholic Association for Racial Justice entitled ‘Defining Anti-Semitism’. There are opinion pieces from Robert A.H.Cohen and Jim Wallis (Sojourners) and environmental policies are highlighted plus changes in J&P personnel and the sad news that Traidcraft can no longer break even and is likely to cease trading at the end of the year.  All this and a packed diary!  Enjoy and pass on to others!

NB: Late addition – a report of the controversial sentencing of four activists for a peaceful protest against fracking in Lancashire with a link to a powerful video outlining their actions.

Best wishes, Anne O’Connor

Update of 23rd August 2018:

The September issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin is being mailed earlier than usual to ensure information on two key events at the start of the month reaches readers in good time – resources to help celebrate Creation Time (1 Sept – 4 Oct) and details of the comprehensive parallel programme to Adoremus, the Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress of the Bishops of England and Wales to be held in Liverpool 7-9 Sept.

Other topics featured are Israel’s new Nation-State Law, condemned by world renowned Jewish musician Daniel Barenboim as “a clear form of apartheid;” the text of the Hiroshima Peace Declaration on the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bomb; an address by Dr Ray Towey at the Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter ecumenical service; the Catholic Church’s new teaching on the death penalty; Pope Francis’ message to a conference on theological ethics; a homily to commemorate the 101st anniversary of the birth of Oscar Romero, soon to be canonised; the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport; ethical farmed animal welfare; a letter from a young carer; an extract from a 2017 interview with Kofi Annan who died recently plus a packed diary of events across the NW region.

Also attached is a calendar for Creation Time with a short reflection or action for each day.  I’ve adapted this from the excellent resource compiled by St Alban’s Macclesfield, making it more general.  I’m sorry it goes upside down on the second page when printed  – I lack the technical expertise to rectify this.  It looks fine online.  If you want to print it I suggest either just using the calendar page or printing as two separate sheets.

Please feel free to use any of the material sent either for individual use or in groups.
Best wishes
Anne O’Connor

Update of 13th August 2018:

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace, available to view here on the website, a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies: MP 103 Autumn 2018

MP 103 cover page

Update of 27th July 2018:

In a bumper Summer issue the NW NJPN E BULLETIN for August 2018 opens with reports from the July 2018 NJPN Conference ‘In the shelter of each other the people live’ and closes with extensive coverage of the National Pilgrimage and Conference Adoremus with parallel programmes for adults and young people to be held in Liverpool 7-9 September 2018. There are opinion pieces on President Trump; concerns over the impact of Armed Forces Day events held in June; a powerful declaration from the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Nicaragua following recent violence and repression by the pro-government paramilitary; reports of a Women’s Peace initiative in Syria and a Peace-making Forum between young Christians and Muslims plus an escalation of tension in the Holy Land; Rural Housing Week news; resources for Creation Time; book reviews and a packed diary of events across the North West.

Do please share with others and feel free to reproduce any of the material within.  It’s encouraging to hear back from readers as to how they’ve use information or resources – please keep your comments coming in.

Update of 28th June 2018:

The July edition of the NJPN NW E Bulletin leads with reactions to President Trump’s inhumane separation of children from their parents at the US/Mexico border – a policy which an opinion piece in this week’s Sojourners’ magazine calls a ‘Kairos moment’.  There are details of a national information-gathering campaign launched by the Catholic Church and the Church of England using a download app to help drivers combat modern slavery in hand car washes, reports of recent events and campaigns and a wide range of resources including those for the Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October).  There are still places available for the Annual J&P Conference 20-22 July in Swanwick, Derbyshire plus an extensive programme of  parallel events surrounding Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress to be held in Liverpool 7-9 September.

Update of 28th May 2018:

  • Anne O’Connor’s former colleague Frank Kennedy has asked her to pass on the following information about an event on 7 June which may be of interest to anyone in the Liverpool area:

4th Annual Gary Mahoney Memorial Debate

Update of 26th May 2018:

The June 2018 issue of the NW NJPN E BULLETIN is packed with news, articles and a full diary including a parallel programme of events in Liverpool from 7-9 September around the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress of the Bishops of England and Wales.  Also featured is the rousing address, with its strong Justice and Peace content, by the US Leader of the Episcopal Church, Rev Michael Curry, at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

This issue is being mailed only to those who have responded to the new Data Protection regulations (see notes below).  Do please pass the bulletin on to others and encourage them to sign up: please contact the Editor, Anne O’Connor,

Update of 23rd May 2018:

  • Here is the latest issue of MouthPeace, available to view here on the website, just a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies:  MP 102 Summer 2018

N.B: This issue comes with this message from the Editor:


As you may be aware,  Data Protection legislation is changing on May 25th 2018 and I need your express permission if you want to continue to receive MouthPeace by email.  I will continue to protect your privacy and not share your email details with anyone.  

Please reply to this email  stating clearly that you are happy to continue to receive Mouthpeace by email to  Your contact email will be removed from MouthPeace distribution list if you do not give permission  for us to hold this information.

Many thanks, Marian Thompson, Editor MouthPeace

Update of 1st May 2018:

Syria and Windrush are just two of the current hot topics covered in a bumper edition of the NW NJPN E Bulletin for May 2018. A diverse range of articles includes the UK Government’s proposals to tackle plastic pollution, a first-hand report on local community projects in the Philippines, peace issues, book and theatre reviews, as well as a packed diary of events across the NW region.

  • Readers are reminded of the NEW DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS. Data Protection legislation is changing in May 2018 and we need your express permission if you want to continue to receive information from the North West National Justice and Peace Network by email – this includes the regular E Bulletin and occasional seasonal Resources.
  • We will continue to protect your privacy and promise never to share your email details with anyone.     Please reply to the Editor, Anne O’Connor ( by email by 18 MAY, stating clearly that you are happy to continue to receive email communications from NW NJPN.
  • If you do not reply we will not be allowed to send you any further bulletins or resources.
  • If you have already responded to a similar request from the National J&P Network you will still have to respond to this email, as we cover the NW region only. However readers from outside our region are still very welcome and we would be delighted to continue to include you in our mailings. Apologies if you are on more than one North West list – you only need respond once.
  • Please state your full name, email address and, only if you are willing, your parish and or diocese – this is purely to get an idea of the geographical spread of our readers and will not be used for marketing purposes or passed on to others.  If you wish to make any comments or suggestions to help improve the bulletin they will be treated in complete confidence. 

Anne O’Connor

Update of 28th March 2018:

The April issue of the NW NJPN E Bulletin leads with CAFOD’s joyful response to the news that Oscar Romero is to be declared a Saint.   Two young people from very different backgrounds are featured: a 16-year-old former migrant and Muslim girl, winner of the Columban’s young journalist competition, celebrating the love and acceptance shown by her local Catholic school community and a rousing speech, inspired by Dr Martin Luther King, from an 18-year-old African-American student from a poor area of Chicago at the March For Our Lives anti-gun rally in the US, a movement organised by teenagers following the Florida school mass shooting. Inspirational words too from Professor Stephen Hawkins, who died recently, nearly fifty years after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease, and the profound last words of Internet guru Steve Jobs plus reports of recent events, a book review of a chilling undercover operation to discover how the low-waged are treated in Britain, and a comprehensive diary of events across the NW for April to June.

We wish all our readers the joys and blessings of the Easter season.   Anne O’Connor

Update of 2nd March 2018:

The NW NJPN E Bulletin for March opens with a letter from several leading charities working overseas including OXFAM, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Save the Children, pledging stricter safe-guarding controls in response to the recent scandal reported in The Times.  There is also a first-hand account by peace activist Henrietta Cullinan of her recent trial and acquittal for non-violent direct action in protest against the DSEI Arms Fair in London. Regional reports feature alongside national campaigns and the usual packed diary of local events.

Update of 21st February 2018:

  • Here’s the latest issue of MouthPeace magazine, available a few days in advance of the circulation of the printed copies:  MP 101 Spring 2018

MP 101 Spring 2018 (2).pub

Update of 20th January 2018:

The February NW NJPN Newsletter has a packed diary of events around the region plus in-depth articles and reports of recent events.

  •  See our Resources Page for Lent 2018  leaflets: Lenten Journey, Stations of the Cross, and Stations of the Cross for Young People.
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