Pray as one global family

During Laudato Si’ Week, tens of thousands of people have united to learn and prepare for a better tomorrow. Thank you for participating!

But Sunday is our day to slow down.

At noon local time, wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, we’re going to stop and pray as one global Catholic family all over the world.

A wave of prayer for creation will start as the sun reaches its peak in the Pacific, then roll on through Africa and Europe before reaching the Americas.

The global day of prayer will envelope the entire world. That’s the power of this prayerful movement. We face a crisis in love and solidarity because we know that truly, “everything is connected.” Click here to view and download Sunday’s prayer card.

You’re encouraged to connect with others about your time of prayer by using #LaudatoSi5 on social media. You’re also warmly welcomed to join a special online Laudato Si’ Mass to celebrate the day of prayer. Please join us to share this gift of the Spirit.

 Date: Sunday 24 May – 2 pm local (UK) time.

Join here: Register on Zoom here

 Fill your home with God’s love: Pray with us.

P.S. Download Sunday’s prayer card here to join a global wave of prayer, and connect with others by sharing #LaudatoSi5 on social media!

Our common home and care for the vulnerable

Here is a lovely short film from Bishop Mark O’Toole in Plymouth Diocese – reflecting on Laudato Si’ and May, the month of Mary.

Download a copy of Laudato Si‘ – a work of Catholic Social Teaching and a way to proclaim our faith anew.

 

SUMMER OF HOPE

As we celebrate the fifth-year anniversary of Laudato Si’, now seems the perfect time to reflect on Pope Francis’ words from his ground-breaking encyclical.

His words, calling everyone to hear to ‘the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor’ seem particularly apt during this time of the Coronavirus pandemic, where we have seen communities come together in solidarity to tackle the virus.

And, in the scale of the global pandemic, we are often drawn to thinking that our individual actions can’t make a difference. Yet, Pope Francis reminds us that “all it takes is one good person to restore hope.”

So, this summer, we are calling you and your family to help restore hope in your local and our global community. We are calling on you to be the signs of hope for our world.

What can I do?

Getting involved is easy.

We are inviting everyone to get involved in the Summer of Hope by recreating at home the events you will miss this summer and transforming them into a sign of hope through raising money for CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal.

From sports days to summer fayres, we have a whole range of ideas you can reinvent at home in our A-Z of fundraising ideas.

You can hold your socially-distanced event with your family, school community or parish – and make sure to record your efforts on social media, tagging your photos and posts with @cafod #summerofhope.

Fundraising is easy through a JustGiving page and if you’d like any help, just drop us a phone call or email on [insert local details here]. You can also donate directly through the CAFOD website.

We can’t wait to see everything you get up to!

Dermot O’Leary backs CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal

Dermot O’Leary has added his backing to our Coronavirus Appeal for people living in some of the poorest countries in the world.

The TV and radio presenter said:

“Millions of people in developing countries face devastation from coronavirus and will be able to do nothing to stop it.

They need all the help they can get.

“That is why I am backing CAFOD’s fundraising appeal, so that people already living on the brink get some of the care and support we would want our own families to receive.”

“Please give whatever you can and help CAFOD’s local experts deliver food, provide clean water and train community leaders to help save lives.”

Donate now

What is my lockdown legacy?

Five years ago, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ – a profound invitation to everyone on the planet to care for the earth, our common home. To mark its anniversary, Pope Francis invites us all to participate in Laudato Si’ week from 16-24 May.

During Laudato Si’ week, we at CAFOD are asking you to think about your hope for the world – to reflect and think about the world beyond lockdown.

To get involved, we are asking you to share what you want your lockdown legacy to be on social media using #LockdownLegacy and tagging @CAFOD.

Lots of people have already got involved.

Mrs Henderson from Manchester said: “My hope for the world is that we may never take the small things for granted because really they were the big things; the things that nourished our souls.”

While Councillor Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council, shared a message on twitter about his lockdown legacy around the environment and Laudato Si.

Listen to Councillor Sam Corcoran’s full message

We are really looking forward to hearing about your #lockdownledgacy

Bishop John Arnold hosts virtual mass for Laudato Si’ week

To mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’, Bishop John Arnold of Salford is set to hold a special Mass and is inviting parishioners from across the country to join the online service.

Since churches were forced to close due to the lockdown, Priests across the country have leapt into action, organising online services so congregations can still celebrate together.

Bishop John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, has been no exception hosting regular masses live-streamed from Salford Cathedral with the latest being planned for Wednesday 20 May, 6-7 pm, to mark the five year anniversary of Pope Francis environmental letter, Laudato Si’.

The Laudato Si’ Week Eucharistic Celebration with Bishop John Arnold will take place on Wednesday, 20 May 6-7 pm, you can tune into watch here: https://www.churchservices.tv/salfordcathedral

 

Laudato Si’ week – take a look at the events planned

TOMORROW – Laudato Si’ – volunteer prayer & chat, Tuesday 19 May @ 11 am
Five years after the publication of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’, let’s come together online in prayer and reflection on caring for our common home. This online meeting will include a Bible reading, chance to reflect and share and a time of prayer together. Don’t forget to have a candle to light if you can.

NB ticket orders will close 1 hour before the start of the session in order to allow time for us to send you the link.

Vigil Mass for Ascension Thursday with Bishop John Arnold, Wed 20 May @ 6pm

All are welcome to join together in solidarity and prayer to celebrate a special Vigil Mass for Ascension Thursday during Laudato Si’ week. It will be streamed live from Salford Cathedral. We look forward to having you join us on 20 May at 6pm.

Motivating talk: Neil Thorns (CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy)  Thursday 21 May @ 11am

Join us online for an inspirational talk from CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy and find about the amazing people he meets in his work and how Laudato Si’ has affected him.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Coronavirus in Latin America with Clare Dixon, Tue 26 May @ 11 am

Local volunteers in Zimbabwe & Nigeria responding quickly in emergencies:Thu 28 May @ 11am

Bookings for all of these via the website: 

Deepening our commitment to Laudato Si’ – webinar today at 7.30 pm – need to register before 5 pm

Pope Frances has called all people of good will into an urgent conversation on the care of our common home, the Earth.

Laudato Si’ Week 2020 marks the 5th anniversary of his papal encyclical Laudato Si’ in 2015.

The need to hear the cry of the planet and the cry of the poor has never been more urgent.

Join us for this one hour gathering to deepen our commitment to living the message of Laudato Si’.

All supporters of Justice & Peace and CAFOD are invited to attend. The focus will be on the Diocese of Westminster in the UK, but we are happy to welcome participants from anywhere in the world!

Please register your details with Eventbrite by 5.00pm on Monday 18th May 2020 and we will send you the link for Zoom.

 

Laudato Si’ week – 16-24 May – 5 years on!

Five years ago, Pope Francis realised his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’ – and to mark this special anniversary, Catholics from around the world are uniting for Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May.

Join CAFOD’s online events

 

Linda Jones, CAFOD’s Head of Theology, said:

“I can still remember how excited I was five years ago when I first read Laudato Si’. It was full of ideas and written in a style that was easy to understand. Pope Francis challenges us, then and now, to think differently about progress, and to renew our commitment to bring about positive change for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.

“He reminds us of how interconnected we all are – and how important it is to become more attentive to our relationships with God, each other and the earth. What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our children, and for all future generations?

“This call to care for our common home was a great challenge: to change not only our minds but also our hearts – a true ecological conversion.’’

During this special week, CAFOD is holing a range of online events, beginning with a volunteer prayer and chat.

Taking place 11 am-12 pm on Tuesday 19 May, we will be holding an online meeting for volunteers from across the country to come together to mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si‘.

The session will include a Bible reading, time to reflect and share, and group prayer.

Make sure to sign up to attend

 

Feast day of Saint Oscar Romero

CAFOD celebrates the life of its former partner, Saint Oscar Romero, who continues to inspire our work 40 years on from his death.

Find prayers and reflections inspired by Oscar Romero

Who was Oscar Romero?

  • Beatified on 23 May 2015
  • Centenary of his birth marked on 15 August 2017
  • On 7 March 2018 Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to him, clearing the way for Romero to be canonised
  • Officially recognised as a saint in a ceremony on 14 October 2018
  • Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador from 1977 until he was assassinated in 1980.
  • He was initially regarded as a conservative choice as archbishop, but he became increasingly outspoken about human rights violations in El Salvador – particularly after the murder of his close friend Father Rutilio Grande in March 1977.

During his three years as archbishop, Romero repeatedly denounced violence and spoke out on behalf of the victims of the civil war. In a time of heavy press censorship, his weekly radio broadcasts were often the only way people could find out the truth about the atrocities that were happening in their country. He defended the right of the poor to demand political change, a stance which made him a troublesome adversary for the country’s rulers.

Continue reading

Our colleague, Sylvester, in the Birmingham diocese shares his personal experience of a recent trip to Zimbabwe

Map of ZimbabweMuch has been spoken and written about the country of my birth – the country I grew up in.

Childhood memories of Zimbabwe and its beauty remain some of my fondest. I remember the beautiful and majestic Victoria Falls; the incredible architecture and stonework of Great Zimbabwe; and the gorgeous golden sunsets along the Zambezi river.

I think of Jacaranda trees lining either side of the streets. In spring, their bloom created a beautiful purple carpet along the roads. It seemed to me that everyone had a friendly smile – there was a real sense of hope everywhere I went.

These are unforgettable memories.

Sadly, the Zimbabwe I witnessed during a recent three-week visit paints a different picture – a stark, if not bleak, contrast to my memories.

Zimbabwe once boasted an enviable subtropical climate, excellent rainfall seasons and fertile soil, but climate change and spiralling hyperinflation over the last three decades have altered the social and physical landscape of the country.  The once reliable and abundant rains – the backbone of the agricultural sector – have been replaced by long dry spells and extensive droughts. Seventy per cent of Zimbabwe’s population live in the rural areas. They are farmers that rely on agriculture to feed and support their families. Persistent droughts have resulted in little-to-no crop yields and the loss of livestock – the measure of a family’s wealth.

Family collecting water from a small hole in a dry river bed

Zimbabwe’s urban population were mostly unaffected by previous droughts. This too has changed, as daily average temperatures soar. In Harare, the main dam supplying water to all households is below capacity. As a result, running water is limited to just one day each week.

 

Moreover, because of the dire economic situation, Local Councils cannot afford to treat water sufficiently; therefore, the water that does manage to come through the household taps is unsafe to drink. In order to get safe drinking water, most urban families are forced to walk or drive for miles on end, with large containers, to form queues at busy boreholes.

Continue reading

Stop Climate Chaos Cymru Coalition meets Assembly Members

Stop Climate Chaos Cymru (SCCC) is a coalition of influential organisations based in Wales who work together to mobilise our supporters and others across Wales to bring about changes to help tackle the climate crisis. 

The organisations include: CAFOD, Centre for Alternative Technology, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam Cymru, RSPB, Size of Wales, Tearfund, Wales Wildlife Trust, Women’s Institute and the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. 

A decade to turn things around
The world is hitting record-breaking temperatures and the poorest communities are being affected the most. The devastating decline in biodiversity is set to wipe out a million species. Our oceans are choking in plastic and our children are breathing toxic air. The science is clear, and Wales is feeling the impact.

This is not a future problem: the time is now.

SCCC met with Assembly Members on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at Ty Hywel, Senedd to ask that the political response in Wales needs to be stronger and faster.

Recent research named Cardiff as one of the world’s most at risk cities globally from global warming.   And Wales’ consumption of natural resources if far beyond what its population size can justify: Wales exceeds safe limits for the consumption of carbon dioxide by 455%.

The latest IPCC report makes it clear that rapid, transformational action in the next decade is crucial. Wales’ recent declaration of a climate emergency must be matched with an appropriate response.

This year the 2015 Paris Agreement comes into force and the UK prepares to host COP26 in Glasgow in November, the biggest conference since the Paris Agreement; and Welsh Government comes to the end of its first carbon budgeting period (2016-20) under the Environment Act 2016 and will be developing its low carbon plan for 2021-25.

What are we asking of Wales?

  • that it acts in its domestic policy to do its fair share in the global picture to achieve equitable and rapid emissions reductions, both domestic and consumption
  • acts to ensure that wellbeing, sustainability and principles of global equity are at the forefront of its international policy.

Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, attended the conference and spoke about the importance of urgent climate action and how Wales can make real progress in 2020.

The AMS were lobbied to do everything in their power to maximise action for our climate, nature and people, in Wales and globally.

The following were suggested next steps:

Continue reading

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – A CONFERENCE FOR PARISHES

POSTPONED as a precaution and in 

response to the current Coronavirus NHS and Archdiocesan guidelines

We are hoping that this can be re-organised to Saturday 16 May – same venue, same timings – but obviously the advice is changing on a daily basis – so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on 07823 445112 or email twarwick@cafod.org.uk

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.