My Camino Amigo – Pilgrimage Adventures on the Way of St James

It’s a fantastic gentle read, well written by John, despite the blisters! Marvellous stuff, and thanks to you both!

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John Cowell (right) with Fred Uttley (his John Cowell (right) with Fred Uttley (his “Camino amigo”) on the pilgrimage route

John Cowell, Burnley author of the much loved “The Broken Biscuit”, has just released a book, entitled “My Camino Amigo”, about his pilgrimage to the Cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The journey, known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James, is one of the most challenging – and rewarding – pilgrimage routes in Europe. Typically, the journey begins in France, most commonly in the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French-Spanish border, all the way to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.

John, a 76-year-old former joiner and staff nurse and the author of four other books, has completed the Camino eight times with “his constant companion” Fred Uttley, a 70-year-old great grandfather and former plumber from Padiham.

Their first attempt was ten years ago. After meeting a hiker in a…

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37th NJPN Conference – “The Things that Make for Peace”

The 37th National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) conference entitled: “The Things that Make for Peace” was attended by 300 J&P activists from across the country over this weekend (17th – 19th July). The conference was addressed by a number of speakers, below are a summary of their talks.

Professor Paul Rogers

Professor Paul Rogers

Professor Paul Rogers calls for action to address climate change over the next 15 years or face the consequences

A leading academic has called for drastic action over the next 15 years to address climate change or face the consequences.

Addressing the annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network in Swanwick, Derbyshire, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers claimed that governments often adopt a military solution to try to control problems rather than dealing with underlying causes.

Professor Rogers declared that there was something very wrong with a world economy where the mass of wealth is accruing to a smaller and smaller number of people. “The neo-liberal economic system is not delivering justice,” said the peace professor, who highlighted how this division of wealth was being exacerbated by some of the effects of climate change. “There is a neo-liberal economic system that finds it difficult to deal with the climate change,” said Professor Rogers, who pointed out that the speed of destruction is getting worse with for example typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last year, running at speeds of 160 mph for 10 minutes. Some 6,300 people died as a result of the typhoon with untold damage done to the country.

The professor believes though that it is big shocks that often cause world governments to act. He quoted the example of how the London smog in 1952, killed 4,000 people in four days. “This effected the power elites and brought the clean air act forward a decade,” said Professor Rogers. Similarly the threat posed by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980’s brought quick action from governments to halt the danger.

He claimed  that there are things going on, almost unnoticed to address the problems such as grid Photovoltaic panels being erected across sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading

Pope Francis speaks up for our common home

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, from Manila in the Philippines, is President of CAFOD partner Caritas Internationalis. He reflects on Pope Francis’ encyclical.

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, from Manila in the Philippines, is President of CAFOD partner Caritas Internationalis. He reflects on Pope Francis’ encyclical and the devastating typhoon that hit his country in 2013.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle - Caritas - CAFODI do not need to tell the people in my country that we are living in a time of crisis. When Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation across the Philippines in November 2013, it was immaterial as to whether it was caused by climate change or not; people suffered and the poorest were hit hardest. In such times of crisis what should our response be?

Climate change affects the dignity of the most vulnerable

In the Encyclical Laudato Si’ released this week, Pope Francis acknowledges the seriousness of climate change and how it is affecting the dignity of the most vulnerable, as well as the harmony between humans and nature. In the light of the Gospel of Creation, he…

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