The October issue of the NW NJPN E BULLETIN leads with news of Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s latest comments concerning refugees and asylum seekers and an urgent action request by the campaigning group Safe Passage. Other articles feature Black History Month; Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation on the climate crisis Laudate Deum (Praise God), released ahead of COP28 in Dubai next month, and a challenging poem by Norman MacCaig inspired by St Francis of Assisi whose Feast Day, 4 October, marks the end of Creation Time.  Journalist Joseph Kelly reflects on the Synod on Synodality and also on the underlying causes of knife crime in the aftermath of recent attacks. We reproduce an excellent editorial from Together for the Common Good (do look at the many articles, podcasts and events on offer on their website) as well as highlighting Challenge Poverty Week (16-22 October).  News in today announces that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Iranian women’s rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi.

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Anne O’Connor

NW NJPN Justice and Peace E Bulletin October 2023