More than 500,000 people are now estimated to have fled to Bangladesh, escaping violence in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar. Needs are so great that the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which CAFOD is a member, has launched an emergency appeal for the refugees. Here you can watch a impassioned appeal by Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones. Continue reading
To mark the Centenary year of Oscar Romero, both Therese and I attended the Ecumenical Evensong in Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to this truly inspirational, soon to be, saint.
It is hard to separate our work in CAFOD from the witness of Blessed Oscar Romero with the poor in his own country in El Salvador. Even before he was assassinated in 1980 for speaking out on behalf of the poorest in, Monsenor Romero, as he is known by the Salvadoran people, was already a saint in their eyes. Continue reading
t Get ready for our Lent 2017 appeal by joining in the way that suits you best. This year we are going to do something a little bit different to previous years, by giving you a range of options on getting updated on our Lent appeal, and how best to support it in your parish. Continue reading
Come and meet our overseas partner who is living out Pope Francis’ call to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Sr Yvonne, who works in Zambia, will be sharing the inspiring story of her work on livelihoods and how she is supporting some of the most vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. Continue reading
St Helen’s CAFOD group got together for a ‘Winter Warmer’ to raise money for their Connect2 linked community in Ethiopia offering a delicious range of mince pies, mulled wine and home made stollen cake to friends of the parish in the area. Continue reading
Join St Helen’s Parish in Caerphilly for ‘A Winter Warmer’ on the morning of Friday 2nd December where the CAFOD parish group are putting their amazing baking and tasking skills to the max with a range of irresistible Christmas themed food and drink. Continue reading
Pupils from Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Cardiff all took the ‘brighten up’ theme of our Harvest appeal to heart. Putting on a full production for parents, Year 2&3 created their own song and delivered an inspirational assembly on the story of Ruben in Bolivia.
The children had also made cakes which were being sold to the parents at the assembly, with all money going to support CAFOD’s work around the world.
Kieran O’Brien, who attended the event said:
The school had done an amazing job, and the pupils were so inspirational. Their play, based on the story of Bolivian boy Ruben, touched upon themes of sharing, caring and loving our neighbour. I can’t see how any parent who attended was not moved by such a wonderful assembly.
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we lost our beloved and very much admired colleague Bernie Mills. The anniversary of her passing, on the 1 Oct, was remembered sincerely by her colleagues through Masses and personal reflection Those who worked closely with Bernie absolutely respected her and were touched by her real passion and concern for the work of CAFOD. Her passing was a complete shock, given that she had no previous signs of any ill-health or concerns, and was on the evening before she was to attend a Harvest Fast Day lunch in Bridgend. Continue reading