Parishioners from across the Cardiff Archdiocese walk in solidarity with people on the move, as inspired by Pope Francis’s campaign Share the Journey. The walk, which took in the beautiful scenery of Cardiff Bay, offered a chance to reflect about the challenges and struggles that millions of people across the world are faced with when they are forced to move.
The journey, a 5 mile round trip that was completed by 8 of the walkers, adds 40 miles into the totaliser. The ambition is to walk 24,900 miles – which is the same distance of walking around the world! Parishioners represented parishes from St Mary’s in Dinas Powys, St Joseph’s in Penarth, St David’s Cathedral, St Peter’s in Cardiff and Immaculate Conception in Tredegar!
During the walk reflections were read from the refugee petition cards. The walk finished with a prayer for refugees, and a card signing session – followed by some much deserved ice-cream!
“Share the Journey” is a global campaign that responds to Pope Francis’ exhortation to show solidarity with refugees and migrants. As he writes in Laudato Si, “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”
Angela, one of the volunteers who met us at the end of the walk, said:
It was a privilege to meet you all at the National Assembly and to witness your faith and enthusiasm for the campaign.
Kieran O’Brien, CAFOD’s community participation coordinator said:
It was such a beautiful day, and a wonderful opportunity to take time with friends and reflect on the struggles and difficulties faced by refugees across the globe. The walk felt like a mini-retreat, and of course was helped by the glorious weather!
I really delighted that there are more Share the Journey walks planned across South Wales and Herefordshire. And with such glorious weather forecasted there surely is no excuse not to join one!
Can you hold a walk with your parish? Can you support the campaign by asking people to sign the campaign cards? If so, please do get in contact with us.