Today brought wonderful news from the Vatican: Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle from Blessed Oscar Romero which puts him on the path to canonization.
He was beatified by Pope Francis in May 2015.
Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. He was assassinated on 24 March 1980 as he was celebrating Mass.
At the time, El Salvador was in the grip of a cruel civil war between guerrilla forces on the left and a dictatorial government on the right.
When he was appointed, Oscar Romero was seen as a “safe” pair of hands but during his three short years as Archbishop, and seeing the oppression and violence at first hand, he became an outspoken critic of the injustice he was witnessing all around him. Continue reading →
Family Fast day is on the 23rd of February. To prepare for this appeal we are holding a range of meetings and events to brief you on the Fast Day materials, as well as catch up with you on a few things!
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 →
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 →
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 →
A former CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer and Swansea University graduate has been specially selected to travel to a prestigious conference in Rome where she met with Pope Francis.
Eleanor Margetts, who grew up in Bridgend and attended Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive School, has previously spent some time volunteering in the CAFOD South Wales office in Cardiff. It was through this volunteering experience that Eleanor originally heard about and applied to attend the conference.
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 →