On Tuesday 11 July, CAFOD Volunteers and Supporters from across Birmingham Archdiocese gathered at St Columban’s, Solihull for our CAFOD Summer Campaigns Day. We were really pleased to be joined by Fr Peter Hughes, a Columban priest who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru. Fr Peter explored Laudato Si’, and our invitation to listen to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth. We also heard moving accounts of Fr Peter’s work, as a CAFOD partner, with some of the most desperately impoverished communities in Peru.
Why not explore Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home with your parish group? Our Laudato Si’ study guide unpacks key themes within the encyclical and includes passages from the encyclical, witnesses from CAFOD partners around the world and UK parishes, discussion questions, prayers and ideas for action. We were also delighted to be joined by Sarah Hagger-Holt from CAFOD’s Campaigns Team who shared how we can involve our parishes, schools and communities in our latest campaign, Power to be . Power to be calls on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people. Local, renewable energy is usually the cheapest, fastest and most efficient solution to bring power to the poorest communities. It can help families to lift themselves out of poverty, and children to pursue their hopes.
Could you hold a Power to be card signing in your parish? All resources, including action cards, poster and organizer’s guide, are available here
A very grateful thank-you to all our wonderful Volunteers and Supporters who joined us and who enriched the day so much with their thoughtful contributions, energy and enthusiasm. There was a real buzz about the day and I was left very inspired by Fr Peter, Sarah and our Volunteers and Supporters alike.
Lizzie Wignall, CAFOD Birmingham