Justice, Peace and Development and Desk for Prison Ministry India

Most Rev Gerald Almeida
Bishop of Jabalpur
Add : Bishop's House, 599, South Civil Lines Jabalpur - 482 001
(Madhya Pradesh)
Tel (O) : (0761) 2622413, 4018322
Fax (O) : (0761) 2624360
E-mail (Office): snehsadan@rediffmail.com
E-mail(P) : almeida_gerry@rediffmail.com
Most Rev. Abraham Mar Julios
Bishop of Muvattupuzha
Add : Vimalagiri Bishop's House,Vazahappily, Mudavoor P.O. Muvattupuzha - 686 669, Ernakulam Dt.(Kerala)
Tel (O) : 0485-2812650 , 2814191
Fax (O) : 0485-2814346
Mobile: (0)9447163377
E-mail (Office):kackanatt@hotmail.com
E-mail (P):amarjulios@gmail.com

Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara
Archbishop of Nagpur
Add : Archbishop’s House, Mohan Nagar, Nagpur - 440 001 (Maharashtra)
Tel (O) : 0712-2533239
Tel. (P):0712-2527906
Fax: 0712-2527906
E-mail(Office): abpabrah_ngp@bsnl.in
E-mail(P) : viruthak@gmail.com
Website: www.nagpurdiocese.com
Fr. Stephen Fernandes
St. Pius X College,,
Aarey Road,
Goregaon (East)
Mumbai - 400 063 (Maharashtra)
Mobile : (0)9820332965
E-mail (O):jpdcommission@gmail.com
E-mail(P): stefanofernandes@gmail.com


Most Rev. Peter Remigius
Bishop of Kottar
Bishop’s House,
P.B. No. 17, Nagercoil,
Kanyakumari Dt.-629001 (Tamilnadu)
Tel. (Office) : 04652-278343,279152,279933
Tel. (P) : 04652-278868
Fax: 04652-278570
Mobile: (0)9443131927
E-mail(Office): kottardiocese@yahoo.co.in
E-mail(P) : petereemigius@gmail.com
Fr. Sebastian Vadakumpadan
No.52, Thomas Layout,
Sarjapur Road, Carmelaram,
Bangalore-560035 (Karnataka)
Tel. (Office) :080-28439040
Mobile: (0)94484960
E-mail (Office): pmi2005@rediffmail.com
E-mail (P): shajuvadakumpadan68@gmail.com
Website: www.prisonministryindia.org


The Office for Justice, Peace and Development (JPD) was established by the CBCI in 1972 following the constitution by the Holy See of the two commissions at the international level - the Commission for Justice and Peace, and Cor Unum. Since then Caritas India has been its operational wing.

The activities of JPD before 1982 included mainly the ecumenical consultation on development and the circulation of the message of the Pope on 31st January. When the CBCI Commissions were reorganized the then Commissions for Education, Health services, Labour and Scheduled Castes and Tribes were merged into JPD with a full time secretary for the latter. But, after a period of experimentation once again there came into existence separate Commissions and in 1989 in the CBCI General Body Meeting at Shillong JPD was left with only issues relating to Justice, Peace and Development. The assistant director of Caritas was in charge of this JPD Office till 2002. From 2002 onwards a full time secretary has been appointed by the Standing Committee of CBCI to deal with the issues related to Justice, Peace and Development.


The Vision of JPD office is to

  • enable empowerment of individuals and communities;
  • provide and ensure the environment (within and outside the Church) where every individual and community can live and work with human dignity and be free from all forms of exploitation; and
  • work towards establishment of a just and peaceful society where the Gospel values are lived, advocated and nurtured.
  • To be an inspirational agency of the Catholic Church of India for promotion of justice, peace and development;
  • To build the capacities of the stakeholders at the Local / diocesan, regional and national levels to assume leadership and become agents of social change;
  • To be a network of partners and civil society organization for advocacy, lobbying, embodying and empowering the poor and marginalized so that their voices are heard in the corridors of power at local, Regional, national and international
  • To promote and ensure justice within the church institutions in all dimensions.

Basing on the Gospel and the social teaching of the church, (Statement from Ecclesia in Asia Church cannot be neutral amidst injustice. The church has the right, indeed the duty, to proclaim justice on the social/local, national and international level and to denounce instances of injustice, when the fundamental rights of man and his very salvation demand it (Populorum Progressio, no.36).
  • The mother earth has got enough and more to satisfy the need of all but does not have enough to satisfy the greed of any- Gandhi
  • what we want is dignity and nothing less - Ambedkar
  • Cooperation, Solidarity, Subsidiarity and Sustainability
  • Equality and Equity
  • Peace and Communal Harmony
  • Social Justice
  • Option for the poor
  • Human Dignity and Human Right
  • Integral Human Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ecology