A very big thank-you to all our brilliant Volunteers and Supporters who joined us in Rugby to hear Bishop William share his experience of CAFOD’s work in Sudan and South Sudan . Thank-you for all your energy, enthusiasm and thoughtful questions. Thank-you very much also to Bishop William for such a thought-provoking, moving and insightful talk.
CAFOD volunteer, Brian Davies, shares his experience of the evening:
‘CAFOD’s evening on 28th September with Bishop Kenney at Sacred Heart, Bilton, produced a turnout of about 40 people including many from neighbouring parishes and even a few from other deaneries. Bishop William presented a frank report on the long-lasting conflict in South Sudan since its separation from Sudan in 2011.
What was most striking about the report was that there was little hope for a way forward. At least he is still able to visit and report on the needs of the country and see the work of CAFOD there, providing vital humanitarian relief, and supporting the Catholic Bishops and leaders from other churches who are pushing the political leaders for peace. At the moment these leaders are giving the only hope to the people and for finding a way to rebuild one of the poorest countries in the world.’
We also heard briefly from Lizzie Wignall about CAFOD’s Power to be campaign, which is calling on the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people.
One in six people worldwide don’t have access to electricity. 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. Could you hold a ‘Power to be’ action card signing in your parish?
Lizzie also shared the importance of making our MP aware of our concerns.
Could you ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power, through CAFOD’s MP Correspondent scheme?
We were also shown a video on the Harvest Family Fast Day.’ (Brian Davies, CAFOD Volunteer)
Thank-you very much to everyone who has supported our Harvest Fast Day. Here you can watch a three minute film featuring farmers Edelmira and Martir from El Salvador, which really brings our Harvest Fast Day story alive.