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Invitation to the National Conference of the Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission on Saturday 18th March from 10.30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Renfield St Stephen s Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow.  

The National Conference of the Scottish Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will celebrate the social teaching on which the work of the Commission is based and will be addressed by Rev Chris Boles SJ, Vicar Episcopal for Justice and Peace in the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, and Tim Duffy, Research worker for the National Justice and Peace Commission.  

Father Chris Boles SJ said, ˜Catholic Social Teaching is dynamic and ongoing. It begins in the book of Genesis with the creation of humanity in the image and likeness of God, and has had its most recent chapter written by Pope Benedict XVI by way of his first encyclical letter Deus Caritas Est. Many popes before him, especially his predecessors of the 20th century, have added their authority and have taught on many matters of social justice. Vatican II gave it central place and it inspired the Council s most powerful document, Gaudium et Spes, which the Conference celebrates today.  

Tim Duffy said, ˜Forty years ago the final document of the Second Vatican Council encouraged Catholic to engage with the world, not from a distance but in the hurly burly of political process. It also gave guidelines on how to approach the great socio economic issues such as poverty and fair distribution of the world s wealth. And it condemned the dangerous build up of weapons of mass destruction under the guise of security as a major threat to peace.  

The Conference will also be the occasion for the launch of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, the official anthology of the Church s teaching, published by Continuum Publishers. The Compendium will be introduced by Bishop Peter Moran, President of the Justice and Peace Commission.  

ENDS  

Notes to editors  

1. Reporters/photographers are welcome to attend the meeting.  
2. For further information contact Justice and Peace National Secretary, Richard McCready on 07711 920 760.  


Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

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