The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14

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Welcome to the Justpeace Front Page. + Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ + This weekly cyber-publication is dedicated to the study, practice, and spirituality of the justice and peace teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We search the internet for news, views, resources, access, and information that will assist all people of good will in discerning the signs of these times. The weekly edition is electronically published each Tuesday evening. To continue on to the main part of this site, and its 250+ pages and 1700+ links, click on home index above.

This week along the way. . . the sanctions against Iraq continue to kill children. People worldwide are battered by storms and floods, 3 million people remain homeless in makeshift camps on top of levees in China. Five hundred poor people in Nigeria are burned to death in a fiery pyre of despair. All over the world, the cry of the widow and orphan is heard. Sow not in the furrows of injustice, lest you harvest it sevenfold. Sirach 7:3

NEW SECTIONS +++ Disasters and Emergency Relief +++ Living on the Earth as if people and other living things mattered +++ Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development +++World Bank/IMF Watch +++

Fides et Ratio, a new encyclical letter from Pope John Paul II on faith and reason.

Homily of Pope John Paul II at the canonization of St. Teresa Benedicta de la Cruz

Nobel Peace Prize 1998 text of the announcement awarding the prize this year to John Hume and David Trimble for their efforts promoting peace in Northern Ireland.

Access to Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Economics.

Pax Catholic Communications, a new high quality site from the Archdiocese of Miami. Attractive, easy to use appearance, lots of information, access to a bunch of Catholic radio via the internet. This one is a must-see and a tell-your-friends. Justice and peace information is available there, has a Radio Peace program you can listen to, which is also heard on radio stations in the Miami area.

Orthodox Peace Fellowship of the Protection of the Mother of God, an association of Orthodox Christians trying to live the peace of Christ in daily life, including situations of division and conflict. Peace News, roundup of peace news from the Orthodox communities, articles include Russian Patriarch speaks out against capital punishment, abortion, and violence, message from Kosovo monks on violence, appeals from the Serbian Orthodox Church for tolerance, repentance among the Orthodox for anti-semitism. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren, access to Kosovo information, site presented by the Decani Monastery, has a mailing list about events in Kosovo. Serbian Democratic Movement, at Kosovo.com, a people caught between a rock and a hard place.

Solidarity, Orthopraxis, Community Development TOP

Orthopraxis refers to practicing what you preach.

Vatican Justice and Peace News, gathered from a variety of sources in cyberspace.

Euthanasia and Extraordinary Care, Arlington Catholic Herald, October 15, 1998, part 1. Part 2

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, access to documents, files, and reports.

Why it is better to be poor in some countries than in others, from the Economist of London, August 19, 1995.

Poor People and Library Services, comments by the editor of a recently published book of essays.

National Economic Development and Law Center based in San Francisco, a multi-disciplinary legal and planning resource center dedicated to helping low-income persons and communities realize their full human potentials. Collaborates with local community-based organizations.

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship provides information and curriculum materials on teaching young people about this important aspect of markets.

National Housing Institute information and access to affordable housing and community development in low income neighborhoods; publishes Shelterforce Online, an internet magazine on these issues.

Corporation for Enterprise Development mission is to foster sustainable economic well building through promoting asset-building strategies, primarily in low income and distressed communities. Interesting site with some challenging ideas.

White Ribbon Campaign, a Canadian organization of men working against violence against women.

Habitat in Developing Countries, a virtual library about the habitat in developing countries, from the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Torino. Books and reports on-line

Electronic Development and Environment Information System, from the United Kingdom, 60 subject guides, from Agriculture to World Bank, with online documents, organizations, and bibliographical information, plus country and how-to guides.

Basic Principles of the Mondragon Cooperatives ten principles that govern this large group of cooperatives in Spain (30,000 worker owners, 100 different enterprises, from retail to manufacturing heavy machine tools. Mondragon Main Page, in English, also available in Spanish and Basque.

Institute for Peace and Justice, Families Against Violence Advocacy, Parenting for Peace and Justice, located in St. Louis. Resources for schools, families, churches and other communities of faith, offers workshops and other learning experiences, does advocacy.

Human Development Report Office Occasional Papers, papers prepared for the annual Human Development report, UN.

Development Journal On-line, from the Society for International Development. Sustainable livelihoods as a condition for food security, security of trade, political engagement around the World Food Summit.

Ethics Update: World Hunger big piles of links and documents relating to this important issue.

Center for Social Development at Washington University access to all kinds of ideas and places regarding community and social development.

Americans for Peace and Justice advocacy group in support of freedom and equal rights for Palestinians in their own country. Currently organizing opposition to a congressional resolution in opposition to the declaration of a Palestinian state without the consent of the government of Israel. Full text of the resolution is at the site.

Housing Assistance Council a national non-profit organization helping local organizations build affordable housing in rural areas.

For the sake of profit many sin, and the struggle for wealth blinds the eyes. Sirach 27:1

World Bank/IMF Watch TOP

Envy not the lawless man and choose none of his ways. Proverbs 3:31

IMF Web Site to heat up if transparency rules pass, the US Congress recently attached strings to its latest IMF appropriation, both good and bad. On one hand, there will need to be more openness in the IMF decision-making system, but on the other hand, more stringent loan requirements. International Monetary Fund. We need to pray for their conversion too.

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker. Proverbs 14:31a

Disasters and Emergency Relief TOP

They ask their mothers, "Where is the cereal?" -- in vain, as they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers' arms. Lamentations 2:12

ReliefNet Home Page a non-profit organization helping humanitarian organizations raise global awareness and encourage support for relief efforts via the Internet. A very rich and accessible site. On-line Library some of the world's best writing on hunger and development, and I believe it. ReliefNet Organizations access to world emergency and disaster relief and development assistance. Hunger and Public Action, Jean Dreze and Amartya Sen, full text of the book online.

AlertNet, from the Reuter Foundation, a news and communications service from the Reuter Foundation for the emergency relief community, has press releases from leading relief agencies, expert analyses, reviews of key issues and events, jobs noticeboard. Has a focus page on Kosovo.

Direct from the Field, reports from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network, very timely, updated regularly.

DisasterRelief.Org, worldwide disaster aid and information via the internet. Some very sad and tragic stories here.

JOHN PAUL II'S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER: General prayer intention: "That Christians may identify 'the action of the Holy Spirit', as they discover 'the seeds of the Word' wherever they are." Missionary intention: "That Mission Sunday may be promoted and lived as a moment of spiritual and effective solidarity with the mission of the Church in the whole world." OCTOBER IS ROSARY MONTH. Pray a decade for the intentions of world justice and peace.

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TOP Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked. Psalm 1:1a +++ Living on the Earth as if People and Other Living Things Mattered Department+++ October is COOPERATIVE month. Support your local cooperative business enterprise! Buy Farmland products in the grocery store and Ampride gas on the freeways. Justpeace Front Page about Co-ops many links, Catholic connections. GardenGuides, a great on-line source for all kinds of information about growing vegetables and flowers. If you're looking for a great collection of frugal living links, check out Frugal Living Page at the Mining Company. To cook a pot roast in 40 minutes, and save similar time and fuel with other foods, check out Cooking Under Pressure. Voluntary Simplicity, a page from Duane Elgin, author, Toward a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich, excerpts from the book.. The Frugal Connection, a page of information geared towards urban renters, also at this cyberplace Thoughts on Frugality. "Crumbs of lost material add up to a feast of waste at the end of our lives, to help avoid this fate, view this site, Some hands-on techniques to save resources and money. For families ready to abandon the culture of death values of consumerism and materialism, One Income Living in a Two Income World has good ideas for avoiding affluenza. Step by step instructions for frugality and simple living, Living Within Your Means, class outline. Cutting Your Grocery Bill, a collection of strategies and tips. Homemade Soy Milk, save money, control quality, convert that 50 pound sack of soybeans in your pantry into something useful. Master Mixes, make your own mixes at home from basic ingredients, save money and time, control quality. The Quick and Easy Veggie Meals Under a $1.50 FAQ, piles of recipes, ideas, techniques. Laurie's Veggie Burgers, make your own, save money and time, control quality, taste, and nutrition.

Remember the time of hunger in the time of plenty; poverty and want in the day of wealth. Sirach 18:25

Three interesting nooks of Catholic cyber-space. . . My Catholic Start Page, links, daily bread, Liturgy of the Hours, calendar information, mass readings, Vatican Radio, Catholic News headlines, EWTN news headlines, BBC News, ABC News (Australian). . . L'Osservatore Romano, unicuique suum non praevalebunt, weekly edition in English. On-line Canon Law Code

On-going. . . CINJUST is a cyberspace discussion group devoted to Catholic justice and peace issues, moderated by Robert Waldrop, Justpeace web servant. To subscribe, click on the link and follow the instructions. Offered through the facilities of the Catholic Information Network. A message archive is available at the CIN site: Catholic Information Network

+ The Zenit Weekly Report The world as seen from Rome

+ Send Email to the Editor. I would enjoy publishing your "Letter to the Editor" with future Justpeace Front Page issues.

+ Roots of the Catholic Worker Movement saints and philosophers who influenced Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin page at the site of Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House in Houston, Texas.

+ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Reflections from the US Catholic Bishops.

Even to the death fight for truth, and the Lord your God will battle for you. Sirach 4:28

The VIEW from OAKLEY STREET:

Previous Editorial commentaries by Robert Waldrop

+ A LAMENT Concerning the Foreign Policy of the U.S.A.

+ A LAMENT for the SUMMER of 1998

+ Congress, the Presidency, and the Culture of Death

+ President Clinton Should Resign,

+ Works of Justice and Peace

+++ Send email to James Wolfensohn, chairman of the World Bank. Share your concern for his soul due to his bank's cruel persecution of the poor. Read Robert Waldrop's Letter +++ Pray for the conversion of James D. Wolfensohn My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away. A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden; delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject; avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you. Sirach 4:1-5

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