Everything is connected is a joint conference brought to you by CAFOD, Caritas & JPIC to explore Pope Francis’ new vision in our parishes.

Pope Francis encourages us to see, think and act in a new way in response to both the human and ecological crises we are facing today.

How can we live out this new vision in our parishes, both locally and globally?

Join us in exploring, along with different voices, practical suggestions of bringing alive a faith that does justice and cares for creation.

Saturday 21 March from 10 am – 4 pm.

St David’s Catholic College, Ty Gwyn Road, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5QD  (use CF23 5JB for satnav)

Coffee from 10.00 am, light lunch provided, donations welcome.

Please encourage others to attend with you.

Register your interest on Eventbrite.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Hereford cubs show the love for the environment this Valentine’s day

Therese Warwick, CAFOD’s representative in Cardiff and Menevia, shares this account of her recent visit to two Hereford cub groups:

Last week, I was invited to visit two groups of Hereford cubs to give a short talk about what an international charity does.

Both groups were working towards their international badge and one option was to learn more about an international charity, so it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to them all about how CAFOD works with  communities all around the world.

It was a brilliant too to share some details about my recent trip to El Salvador and the importance of standing alongside those who are living in poverty.

Both cub packs asked some interesting questions after watching some short films.

Everyone was so well behaved, welcoming, interested and eager to learn more about our work.

The Laudato Si’ animation was a great way to start a conversation about climate change too and to explain how what we do here in this country has an impact on some of the very poorest communities in the world.

The cubs gave great suggestions about recycling, cutting down on plastic and not wasting water.

Everything is interconnected.and there is only one Earth – so it’s important that we look after it, look after each and come together to show our love for the environment and nature.

It was a great meeting that really got the cubs thinking, and they all had a chance to take a green heart home and make their own environmental pledge and talk to their families about what they had learned.  Green hearts are part of the Climate Coalition’s campaign to protection the things we love from climate change.

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This Valentine’s Day wear a green heart!

SHOW THE LOVE – 5 – 29 February 2020

Every year on Valentine’s Day, our colleagues at the Climate Coalition discuss love and climate change.

And every year CAFOD joins the Show the Love campaign to start conversations about how some of the things that we love the most are affected by a rapidly changing climate.  Many of us wear a green heart to start a conversation about the climate crisis.  Will you join us to show that taking action on climate change is a top priority?

In the past year we have seen for ourselves the impacts of climate change here in the UK – some of us on our own doorstep.  Record breaking temperatures in February and a heatwave in July, torrential downpours that caused flash flooding, declining numbers of wildlife in our local green spaces…

Two-thirds of people of British people say they want to do more to tackle climate change – but don’t know where to start. So share your story about what you want to protect from being destroyed by climate change #SHOWTHELOVE

Climate change impacts every aspect of our lives but can be seen as something that is happening far away.

You can motivate your friends, your parish, your school, your neighbours, your family to take action by highlighting the effects on your local community.

Talk about the positive impact of everyone using their voice.

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Oppportunity to LISTEN LIVE on 5th February – to Davi Kopenawa, recent winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize! From 11.30-12.30

Listen live: Wednesday 5 February,

11.30am to 12.30pm: Davi Kopenawa

We’re delighted to offer you the chance to listen live to a talk by Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami indigenous leader who works for an organisation that CAFOD supports in Brazil.

He will be talking about their work protecting forests and the culture of indigenous peoples.

He recently won the Right Livelihood Award, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Click here to listen live

Fair Trade Wales event – Monday 2 March 2020

Join Fair Trade Wales for an evening filled with inspiring stories that will shine a light on both ‘invisible’ women and inspiring women leaders.

Monday, 2 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Portland House, 113 – 116 Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5EQ

Tickets are free and link is here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/she-deserves-fairtrade-women-in-leadership-tickets-92196549361

You’ll hear stories from individuals who fight inequality and against the odds, are entrepreneurs and leaders in their local communities.

Speakers include Jenipher Wettaka Sambazi from the Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative in Uganda, Kathryn Llewellyn, CEO of United Purpose, Chisomo Phiri, women’s rights activist and Katie Colvin, Head of Marketing and Communications at Cru Kafe.

We’ll be showing an animation to bring the stories of women cocoa farmers to life to show that through Fairtrade, there is an alternative.

Fairtrade refreshments and snacks provided.

Fairtrade’s She Deserves campaign which is running again this Fairtrade Fortnight (24 February-8 March 2020) highlights research on ‘invisible women’ in the cocoa sector in West Africa, where 60% of the world’s cocoa is grown, when we revealed the average farmer lives on a little as 74p a day.

In Côte d’Ivoire, despite carrying out 68% of the labour and being responsible for children and the home, women have fewer rights than men and earn even less. In coffee, there is a similar story, with around 125 million people worldwide dependent on it for their livelihoods, Jenipher is one of them. It is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and is mainly produced by smallholder farmers. Many of them however are unable to earn a reliable living from the coffee they produce. It isn’t enough to support the most basic needs such as fresh water and food, education and healthcare.

This Fairtrade Fortnight, campaigners are sharing stories far and wide so we are all better equipped to make choices that can change farmers’ stories for the better.

For #SheDeserves we’ll be continuing to focus on the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes, and sharing new stories and tools to get more people choosing Fairtrade.

Find out more about why CAFOD supports Fairtrade.

And Fairtrade resources for primary schools and an example of a lesson plan for secondary school (KS4 + post 16).

All you need to know about becoming a Fairtrade parish.

El Salvador: healing the trauma of conflict – a talk at St Helen’s in Caerphilly

The mural as we walked up to the Divine Providence Hospital and chapel

On Thursday 30 January, Canon John Kelly and a group of his parishioners at St Helen’s in Caerphilly came together to hear about our work in El Salvador.

Parishioners at St Helen’s, Caerphilly with Canon John Kelly

It was a first-hand update from Therese Warwick, CAFOD’s  representative in Cardiff and Menevia, who had recently visited San Salvador.

The altar where Oscar Romero was saying Mass when he was shot

The presentation included some further details and photos about the Divine Providence Hospital church, where Oscar Romero was assassinated, the adjacent cancer hospital and Saint Oscar Romero’s very simple home.


La Chacra is a very poor, slum area in the capital San Salvador.

Gang culture has flourished in El Salvador since the 12 year civil war ended in 1992.

Home life is chaotic. Alcohol, domestic violence and a lack of education, opportunity and hope in the future takes its inevitable toll.  There are no jobs, but lots of guns.  Identity was and is very important.

CAFOD is trying to help people get out of gangs, whose members are tattooed – even on their faces – so that they are easily identifiable as belonging to a particular gang.

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Praying for peace in Colombia

As the year begins, our partner, The Catholic Bishops of Colombia pray for peace following the recent wave of killings of community leaders.

Episcopal Conference of Colombia Statement:

As the year commences, The Catholic Bishops of Colombia join in the Universal Church’s prayer convened by Pope Francis for reconciliation and peace for the people. He reminds us that this path must be marked by trust and the hope of achieving the intentions of unity that we have put forward as a nation: The peace process is an ongoing commitment over time. It is a patient labour that seeks truth and justice which honours the memory of the victims and opens, step by step a common hope, stronger than revenge (Message for the World Day of Prayer for Peace. January 1, 2020).

We value the efforts of the many social leaders who contribute to the construction of a society in which human dignity and rights are respected and justice is realised. The State relies on the efforts of those who dedicate themselves to serving their communities, that make possible and encourage the processes which are indispensable in the life of the nation. It is up to all of society to acknowledge and exalt those who carry out this mission with no incentive other than the common good. We urge that we do not fall into indifference and ignorance regarding the tragic situations which threaten our democracy.

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Refresher training day for Schools Volunteers

Our first refresher training day for School volunteers is taking place on Thursday 30 January in the Mostyn Room, adjacent to St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff-.

This is a twice yearly opportunity for our team of school volunteers to come together to look at the new resources for Lent 2020 – both the assemblies and workshops that we offer to schools across the Archdiocese.

Our Education volunteer co-ordinator contacts schools each term to promote our school volunteers and invite them to take up our offer of an assembly or workshops.  We have an amazing range of resources for schools on offer.

The team does a wonderful job in raising awareness of our work.

We couldn’t make the same impact without the generous gift of their time, their enthusiasm and good humour.  Their commitment to CAFOD is inspiring!

This month we are getting ready for Lent 2020.  We’ll be focusing on the Amazon rainforest and the problems of deforestation and protecting human rights.   

We want to help pupils to understand how CAFOD is working with communities around the world to support people defending their rights. And for children to to see the relationship between taking action and supporting communities overseas.

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Zimbabwe and Zambia Food Crisis – our emergency response

For several months, we have been monitoring a situation of drought and food shortage in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Climate change in that region means temperatures are rising, water has become increasingly scarce, and harvests have failed.

The situation has escalated and we are now responding to this food crisis with emergency aid.  Our local aid experts are supporting the worst-affected communities.

We have so far committed over £160,000 to the emergency response.

This currently includes delivering emergency food aid to the people in greatest need, through our Church network, and creating access to safe, clean water through new pipelines, boreholes and water points.

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Changemakers in Lima

Paolo, 19

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Paolo lives in Lima, the second driest capital city in the world.

Climate change is hitting the city hard, with predictions that Lima could run out of drinking water in less than 20 years. CAFOD is supporting local experts to work with Paolo and other young people to raise awareness about these issues.

High in the steep hillside at the edge of the city, Paolo and other volunteers are building vital staircases, enabling their neighbours to reach their homes in safety, and escape quickly in the event of a landslide, earthquake or fire.

Paolo is changing the future of his community.

Find out more about Paolo and the other changemakers of Lima, at cafod.org,uk/getinvolved and more about CAFOD’s work in Peru.