“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5.24)

The Church receives from the Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man.
When she fulfils her mission of proclaiming the Gospel,
she bears witness to man, in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the communion of persons.
 She teaches him the demands of justice and peace in conformity with Divine wisdom
 Catechism 2419


Our Mission

Each of us is called to act justly and peaceably in our own lives within our families, our work and our community. We also have a responsibility where we can to get involved to support justice for all God’s people, particularly the poor and to be good stewards of creation.

As a church then we need to get involved in a whole range of human life issues: from those campaigns against abortion and beginning of life matters, through campaigns to do with childhood and old age, the care of animals, justice, peace and reconciliation in our own society and overseas, plus concerns with environmental resources, bioethical matters and end of life care.

To learn more about catholic social teaching www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk


Our Action Plan

To encourage and stimulate a real passion for social justice, a Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team for the Diocese has been formed.




  • Gather information and form a network of what is already happening locally in the Diocese
  • Provide information of helpful national and international links
  • Regularly provide information on topical issues
  • Provide straight forward discussion papers to help parishes understand issues and take action

Contact Us

For further information, please contact us at: jpsr@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 



Justice Peace and Social Responsibility Past Monthly Bulletins




Recruit people for our Justice peace and social responsibility team.


Are you called to help raise the profile of Social Justice in our Diocese? 

If you have


  • A Passion for social justice
  • Time to attend and travel to 5 meetings a year and training
  • A willingness to learn and share with others

Please consider becoming a volunteer by contacting www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/Frameworkforcollaboration




Building a Network

Building a Justice Peace and Social Repsonsiblity Network


We can have more impact if we work together and share information. List of parish contacts and campiagn groups in the Diocese.


Across the Diocese there are already lots of people taking action and speaking up for justice in their parish and local area. We would like to build up a diocesan network. If you have a social action group in your parish or support a local or national campaigning group, we would be pleased to add you to our data base so that groups with common interests may contact each other. 


Please contact us with your details at  jpsr@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Topical issues


CAFOD Climate Change


As we  consider our charitable giving this lent on Fast day perhaps this might also be an opportunity to  stand up for justice to bey supporting CAFOD’s climate change campiagn by signing a card.


http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign or Contact Lynda Mussell for local support at Portsmouth@CAFOD.org.uk


 NBCW Poverty Project Toolkit


Report: 37th National Justice and Peace Network Conference 2015 in Derbyshire

Useful websites


Much of the information about contact with National agencies is already available on other websites. Here are some websites with the most useful links.


National Justice and Peace Network – links people  who have a concern for justice and peace, acts as a hub for the exchange of information, offers support and encouragement for groups and individuals and provides a channel between issues and campaigns


Catholic Social Teaching - seeks to provide inspiration and resources in support of the Church's teaching on social, political and economic issues, informed by Gospel values and the lived experience of Christian reflection


CAFOD is the official overseas development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.


CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) - is the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. 


CBCEW (The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales) - is the permanent assembly of Catholic Bishops and Personal Ordinaries in the two member countries. 


If you need other information  please contact our JPSR group on JPSR@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk  we will try our best to help.



Life from its beginning


Information Documents and discussion papers

Discussion Resources  for Groups 

The resources below may be used in discussion groups. We suggest that meetings start with a bible reading and some Church teaching, then with the help of resources publicly available, and your own experience, open a discussion, which will lead to a greater understanding of the issues and how we might be called to action. It is vital that discussion leads to prayer and action. Remember, we are in this together, so even small actions support our desire for justice for all our brothers and sisters.


We value your feedback on the resources. Please also let us know if there are any topics you would like us to cover. Email: jpsr@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


Please feedback to us if you find this information helpful or if there is other topics you would like covered.


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