Welcome to John Paul II Justice & Peace Centre
“Together with the evangelizing and sacramental work of missionaries, women and families often more adequately understand people’s problems and know how to deal with them in an appropriate and, at times, fresh way: in caring for life, with a strong focus on people rather than structures, and by allocating human and spiritual resources towards the building of good relations, harmony, peace, solidarity, dialogue, cooperation and fraternity, both among individuals and in social and cultural life, in particular through care for the poor.”
“Missionaries know from experience that the Gospel of forgiveness and mercy can bring joy and reconciliation, justice and peace.”
The Study on Justice and Peace in the Catholic Church in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities
JPIIJPC is carrying out this study in two dioceses in each of the four catholic Archdioceses, namely: Gulu, Kampala, Mbarara and Tororo. The research is about the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace in Uganda by the Catholic Church. Through this study, JPIIJPC aims at creating awareness about and influencing the church leaders and the faithful on the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of justice and peace to address the social injustices affecting the country. The study commences on 11th April and ends 30th July 2016.
Youth Exchange Visits
In order to increase the understanding of civic responsibilities among youth out of school through formal and informal education system, the Centre has organised a youth exchange visit between two schools of Soroti Catholic diocese scheduled for September 27th 2016. Other students from neighbouring schools will also be invited to witness the event so as to learn and appreciate the values of civic education program. This event is meant to share experiences of how civic education is being implemented in schools. Several activities will be conducted including music dance and drama on conflict resolution mechanisms to enable student better handle conflict in a peaceful way in their school and at homes. Several district officials and members of the school Board are expected to attend the program.
Civic Education Project
Training department will be conducting Community debates in various dioceses during the months of August, September and October 2016. The aim is to develop strategies and perspectives on advocacy to include civic education on Uganda’s Secondary School curriculum.
Community Debate and Lobby Meetings
The strategic objective two is to advocate for the inclusion of Civic Education in secondary school curriculum in Uganda. In order to achieve this objective, the department organised and conducted Community Debates and lobby meetings to generate strategies through which JPIIJPC could advocate for this objective to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports.
In a bid to influence duty bearers at the local government level to take action on the status of maternal health services, JPIIJPC together with its partners conducted a number of activities in Ngora and Nakapiripirit (10th-14th July 2016) and in Otuke and Amuru (25th-29th July 2016).
The activities conducted included: Lobby meetings, Community debates and Radio talk shows on Radio Pacis 101.4 fm in Gulu and Aisa 92.3 fm in Ngora respectively.
Training of Secondary School Teachers
February – July 2016
In order to achieve the strategic objective number one which aims at promoting civic rights and responsibilities among teachers, youth and religious leaders, 160 teachers from 37 secondary schools in 19 dioceses of Uganda were trained between February and July 2016 on civic education. The training covered six major topics namely; Justice, Peace and Environmental Conservation in phase one while Good Governance, Leadership and Human rights and responsibilities in Phase II.
JP2JPC Annual General Meeting 2016
On the 2nd July 2016, JP2JPC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting. It was attended by 22 participants including BOG members, representatives of JP2 Staff, partners and beneficiaries. On the agenda were: remarks from the JP2 director and chairperson of the BOG, and presentation of the Centre’s Activities of 2015. In his remarks, the director highlighted the following in the new strategic plan: animation of justice and peace activities at the Centre, the Catholic Social Teaching, Resource Centre (library) and collaboration with others.
John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre, together with its partners and collaborators, mainly: the Association of the Religious in Uganda (ARU), the Uganda Episcopal Conference-Justice and Peace Department, the Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Kampala Caritas-Justice and Peace Department, recently organized a workshop on the Catholic Social Teaching (CST). The facilitator of this workshop was Fr. Elias Omondi Opongo (SJ), the director of Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR), in Nairo, Kenya.
Training of Religious at Namugongo (USFC)
Training Department facilitated five days’ training at the Uganda Spiritual Formation Centre Namugongo from 25th to 29th April 2016. Participants were from 9 African countries namely; Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Cameroon and Zimbabwe. The training focused on Social Justice in the Catholic Church, Peace Leadership and Environmental Peace in the context of the Catholic Social Teaching (CST).
Follow up monitoring visit (Youth Empowerment Project)
After successful empowerment of youths in the dioceses of Soroti, Lira, Gulu and Moroto, business ideas that started as a way to motivate them to be productive to their communities has resulted into tangible income generating projects. Piggery project was carefully selected by the three youth groups that include St. Joseph youth group, Jesus Followers and Bala youth group in Gulu, Soroti and Lira respectively. While conducting a follow up monitoring visit in Soroti, Toroma parish the group entitled Jesus Followers group engaging in piggery business has been able to manage their piggery project in a closed pig sty.
On the 11th December 2015, John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre held a conference that gathered up to 80 participants, among which included; Religious Leaders, Political Leaders, Teachers, Representatives from the vulnerable groups of people, The Youth and Catechists. The Conference aimed at discussing some realistic measures to implement the Pope’s messages adequately by the Ugandan faithful, following his visit to Uganda from 27th – 29th November 2015.
JP2JPC Feast Day
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala – Address
Saturday 24th October 2015, was a historical day for JP2JPC. For the first time, we celebrated the feast day of our Patron Saint, Pope John Paul II. The theme of the day was: Pope John Paul II: Passion for Social Justice.