Help CAFOD to ‘Reclaim Our Common Home’ with new campaign

Ahead of the G7 and COP26 conferences, hosted by the UK in June and November, CAFOD is calling on parishioners across England and Wales to push their MPs to respond to pressing global issues of the day. Joe Savage, CAFOD in East Anglia’s new Campaigns Volunteer Coordinator, reports.

I am from St George’s Parish in Norwich and studied at Notre Dame High School, where I regularly got involved with activities to support CAFOD. I am also a Cub Scout Leader and have frequently been on HCPT pilgrimages to Lourdes with group 716. Currently in my second year at the University of Portsmouth studying International Development, I’m delighted to be spending the third year of my course volunteering with CAFOD in East Anglia and Brentwood Dioceses, focusing on CAFOD’s Campaigns and Advocacy work.

2021 has been identified as the year to address Climate Change.  Young people have the attention of world leaders, so now is our opportunity to campaign for change. I am attending the G7 summit in Cornwall in June as part of the CAFOD youth delegation of 19 young adults. It’s an exciting opportunity and I’m happy to speak about the experience to CAFOD supporters in parishes and schools on my return. If you would more information about this please contact me at: jsavage@cafod.org.uk.

Inspired by the words of Pope Francis in his second encyclical Laudato Si: “Unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment…”, a new initiative, under CAFOD’s Reclaim Our Common Home campaign, has been launched called ‘Parliament in Your Parish’. This campaign aims to encourage parishioners to organise online zoom meetings with their local MP to discuss issues such as climate change, unjust foreign debts and how we can rebuild after the pandemic.

Andrea Speranza, Campaign Engagement Manager at CAFOD, said:

“By organising an online meeting with their MPs, Catholics can play a vital role in ensuring that politicians put the poorest communities at the heart of these meetings.

“As a result of the pandemic, 150 million people are set to fall into extreme poverty. But with two major international meetings this year – G7 in June and COP26 in November – to be hosted by our Government, gives the UK a unique opportunity to become a force for good.”

If you would like to join our campaign and talk to your MP, information on how to how to set up a meeting and pointers on what to discuss with your MP can be found on our campaign’s page. It would also be great if you could let us know that you are having a meeting by filling out the details at the bottom of the webpage.

If you do have any questions, or require further guidance, feel free to email CAFOD Campaigns team at: PinyourP@cafod.org.uk

In addition, it would be great if you could sign CAFOD’s petition to Boris Johnson, to urge him to ensure that communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26.

Laudato Si’ Reflection- The Beauty of Creation.

@RCEastAnglia @cafod #volunteers are signing the petition and beginning to arrange meetings with their MPs. Contact jcrone@cafod.org.uk for more information.

CAFOD Portsmouth Blog

This May is the sixth anniversary of the publication of Laduato Si’ :- Care for our Common Home .So each week in May I will post a reflection on different aspects of the encyclical and link them to scripture.

Book ofWisdom 13:4-9

And if they have been impressed by their power and energy, let them deduce from these how much mightier is he that has formed them, since through the grandeur and beauty of the creatures we may, by analogy, contemplate their Author. “

Laudato Si’ #12

“What is more, Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made…

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What is your 100 challenge?

RCEastAnglia if you’ve got an idea for a 100 challenge let us know what you are up to and tag us on social media @cafodeastanglia

CAFOD Portsmouth Blog

It’s felt like a long year of lockdown but the example of Sir Captain Tom walking 100 laps of his garden was so inspiring! It was his determination that we can do something positive, that our small actions matter, and that “tomorrow will be a good day.” You are invited to follow his example and start fundraising! Captain Tom would have been 101 on Friday 30th April so over this weekend why not join in the CAFOD Captain Tom 100 challenge .The idea is to do something a 100 times for example :-

  • swimming 100 metres
  • scoring 100 goals
  • baking and selling 100 cakes
  • 100-minute bike ride
  • 100 questions family quiz
  • 100 laps around your local park
  • building 100 sandcastles
  • 100 squats or press-ups
  • 100 tennis volleys
  • 100-minute non-stop dancing
  • 100-minute poetry recital

Once you have an idea for a 100 challenge set up a CAFOD just giving page

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