The AGM of the Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council:

The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council held its AGM on Saturday 13 January.

Sir John Battle, Labour MP from 1987 to 2010 and chair of the Justice and Peace Commission for Leeds Diocese spoke powerfully to the 37 attendees on the importance of integrity and service in church and public life. He demonstrated how this is needed even more in the current climate where abuse of power and greed in both church and public life has led to cynicism amongst many people. He gave uplifting examples from public and church life of where people have stood up for what they believe even if it was unpopular and linked that to Catholic Social Teaching. He urged us never to give up on hope. A full report of his presentation will be available on the Justice and Peace webpage of the Diocesan website.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (DIRC)

The Justice and Peace Co-ordinating Council believes the current process for claiming asylum is broken and we need a fairer system that is fit for purpose. Detaining people, with no time limit is, we feel, an inhuman way of dealing with people who are seeking sanctuary.

On the first Sunday of each month, we join with others in an interfaith prayer vigil to pray for those held at the Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre (Corbridge Road, Medomsley DH8 6QY). We meet at the barrier to the centre from 3.00 to 3.45pm.

We invite you to join us at the next Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the barrier to Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre which will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 4 February. Please join us to pray for those detained there.

If you cannot join us in person, please consider joining us in prayer from your own home. The prayer vigil booklet can be found here. Watch the online prayer service through YouTube here.

For more information email: lizarchibald.justiceandpeace@gmail.com.