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.