Peace is a constant process in time that needs the patient search for truth and justice, that honours the memory of the victims and that opens up to a hope stronger than revenge, safeguarding the rights of all people - especially the weakest and most needy - and of the planet from an ecological conversion. This idea from the Message for the World Day of Peace 2020 inspires our work as the General Commission for Justice and Peace.
The impact of civilization on the oceans is overwhelming. Each year, around 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the sea. Wastewater dumping, agricultural pollution and overfishing collapse entire ecosystems and compromise our livelihoods. This is why Justice and Peace Europe dedicates its annual Concerted Action to the common good of the oceans by making different proposals to reverse the harmful effects on them. We must keep the blue heart of the planet beating so that it continues to give us life for generations.
From the beginning, Justice and Peace has been supporting the Congress of the Laity. We conceive a permanently synodal Church by the participation of those who integrate it in the commitment and in the ecclesial life, as well as in the heart of the world. We participated in the presentation of four experiences: Connect yourself for Justice, United Church for Decent Work, the Diocesan School of Social Formation of Madrid and the Diocesan Commission of Integral Ecology of Madrid.
On International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, celebrated on February 8 on the day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the "Inter-Church Group against Trafficking in Persons" prepared a Prayer Vigil with the theme: Together against Trafficking, with the aim of sharing it from the different dioceses.
On the back cover we point out some news from these months: Spain has received recommendations to improve on human rights in the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR); a representative of an association from Togo visited us with the purpose of informing us about the situation in this country, which has been under the Ñassingbe family government for 53 consecutive years; we continued with the campaign "If you take care of the planet, you fight poverty" and held an event reinforcing the commitment of the Spanish Catholic Church to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), listening to the overwhelming testimony of Setsuko, a Hibakusha survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, who "keeps alive the flame of the collective memory".
Isabel Cuenca Anaya