• Poor Service: What Poverty Eradication Day Means in Ireland

    Eradicate poverty day jcfj webThe only public service available to the poor, for which there is no waiting list, is the prison service, says Peter McVerry SJ.

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  • The Emaciated Conversation about Global Poverty

    global growth webGlobal poverty is one of those seemingly rare topics where there might be good news to celebrate, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Poverty and the Environment

    poverty ecologyPoverty is an ecological problem. Although degradation of the environment affects all human populations, it hits those living in poverty the hardest, says Catherine Devitt.

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  • Ending Poverty For All Must Include Prisoners

    Prison 400 x 297The first of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals commits to ending poverty in all forms everywhere. If we are to take this seriously it needs to include people in prison and their families, says Eoin Carroll.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works to combat injustice and marginalisation in Irish society, through social analysis, education and advocacy.

The Centre highlights complex social issues, informs opinion and advocates for governmental policy change to create a fair and equitable society for all.

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People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

Environmental protection has emerged as a key element of social justice debates in recent decades... Click here to view all of our material on Environmental Justice

The right to a safe and secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights, it is fundamental to enable people to live a dignified life... Click here to view all of our material on Housing Policy

In our political discourse, every question of human flourishing seems to be reduced to bottom-line thinking. This focus on riches impoverishes our shared discourse and has serious negative consequences for society Click here to view material on Economic Justice

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Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

The Meaning is in the Shadows (2003)

meaningshadowsthumb2.jpgWritten by Peter McVerry SJ

A collection of writings spanning the career of well known social campaigner Peter McVerry. In 1974, as a newly-ordained Jesuit priest, Fr McVerry chose to live and work in the inner city with a small group from his order. He began working with young people from severely disadvantaged families and communities. To a young priest from a middle-class background the experience was a complete culture shock. It opened his eyes to what is happening in our very divided society and called into question his understanding of God. This book contains his reflections on these experiences.

 You can read selected extracts of the book in pdf format here:

pdf Contents

pdf Introduction

pdf The Bad Old Days

pdf The Giver of Gifts

pdf Towards a Just Society

pdf Towards a Spirituality


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