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Justice and Peace

Czech Republic, Europe, Global

On the 22nd of April 2004 Josef Bieger President Justice and Peace Europe and Sonja Kaufmann, General Secretary met Cardinal Martino, President of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The meeting was joined also by Msgr. Dewane and Flaminia Giovanelli Secretaries at the Pontifical Council.

The Czech Commission of Justice and Peace is a national commission of the Czech Bishop Conference in the Czech Republic. Is full member of the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions. All national commissions form an international network worldwide. Their objective is to exchange information and to maintain contacts with Church organizations in Europe and at the global level as well as with public institutions.

There are permanent contacts with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, with the Council of European Bishops´ Conferences CCEE and with the Commission of the Bishops´ Conferences of the European Community COMECE. The Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions was granted consultative status with the Council of Europe in 2001.

The objectives and mandate of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Vatican follows the terms:

Promote justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church .

Deepen the social doctrine of the Church and attempt to make it widely known and applied, both by individuals and communities, especially as regards relations between workers and employers. These relations must be increasingly market by the spirit of the Gospel.

Assemble and evaluate various types of information and the results of research on justice and peace, the development of peoples and the violations of human rights. Foster relations with international Catholic organizations and with other bodies, be they Catholic or not, that are sincerely committed to the promotion of the values of justice and peace in the world.

Justice and Peace Commissions are concerned with all touches upon social justice, the world of work, international life, development in general and social development in particular. It also promotes ethical reflection on the evolution of economic and financial systems and addresses problems related to the environment and the responsible use of the earth's resources.

The Pontifical Council in Vatican reflects on a broad range of questions related to war, disarmament and the arms trade, international security, and violence in its various and everchanging forms (terrorism, exaggerated nationalism etc.). It also considers the question of political systems and the role of Catholics in the political arena.

Justiutia et Pax in general consistently stresses that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of the promotion and defence of inalienable rights showing concern for the victims of the violation of human rights.

Justitia et Pax has various links with secular organizations working for the promotion of justice, peace and the respect for human dignity. Over the years, relations with international organizations have increased considerably. There are frequent contacts with the United Nations and its specialized agencies, especially at the time of the major international conferences that deal with such questions as development, population, environment, international trade, or human rights. Equal importance is given to regional organizations, among which the Council of Europe and the European Union. The Pontifical Council also welcomes exchanges with non-governmental organizations that share its aims and are working in the field of peace, justice and human rights.



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