CAFOD Birmingham’s annual Romero Mass took place at St Chad’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20th March.
A workshop before Mass was attended by 100 students from seven secondary schools around the Archdiocese.
Sixth Formers from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College, Aldridge, led small groups looking at poverty and enterprise in El Salvador.
Following the workshop, the students took action to support CAFOD’s Hungry for Change Campaign by writing messages to Prime Minister David Cameron on paper loaves and fish. They were inspired by the words of Salvadoran small farmer Fidel: “Romero struggled so that people would speak out in favour of those in need. The voice of Romero lives, it hasn’t been silenced.”
The Mass itself was attended by 250 people from all over the Archdiocese. Bishop William Kenney presided and the wonderful music was provided by 50 students from Hagley Catholic High School and St Edmund’s Catholic School, Wolverhampton.
Mass was followed by an inspirational talk by Marie Dennis of Pax Christi International.