Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
What is the JPIC International Movement?
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation movement emerged from the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965): “The council, … regards it as most opportune that an organism of the universal Church be set up in order that both the justice and love of Christ toward the poor might be developed everywhere. The role of such an organism would be to stimulate the Catholic community to promote progress in needy regions and international social justice.” Gaudium et Spes 90
Today, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace exists and its fields of action are, among others, social justice, development, financial ethics, environment, peace, human rights, and the commitment of Christians in politics. From this wide range of fields of action, religious communities choose accordingly to their mission.
Recently, in 2015, Pope Francis published Laudato Si’ , in which the principle of environmental, economic and social ecology was reiterated, mentioning the importance of a “an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” (LS 139)