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Annual Justice and Peace Assembly, 28th January 2017: Am I a Good Neighbour?
The annual Justice and Peace Assembly of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton took place on Saturday, 28th January where the main speakers were Bishop Richard, Fr Augusto Zampini Davies and Jenny Sinclair. Fr Paul and a number of Worth parisioners were among the many delegates.
Recordings of the talks given at the 2017 Assembly are available on YouTube
George Fitzsimons writes:
The conference was very rich, inspiring and thought-provoking and we can only provide a brief overview and flavour of its content here, We would encourage parishioners to reflect on these themes, to pray about them and to become involved in doing something about them.
Bishop Richard reflected on the politically turbulent times and the prevalent trends towards national and individual isolationism (with talk of torture and protective walls) rather than a focus on the common good.
Father Augusto Zampini Davies of CAFOD, an Argentinian priest, spoke about human relationships, Catholic Social Teaching and the environment, drawing on a range of sources including Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, the Old and New Testaments and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home.