On Monday 24th April CAFOD Member of Parliament Correspondents from Waterlooville, Southampton, Bournemouth, the New Forest and Reading gathered together for a special reception in the Houses of Parliament.
The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, spoke passionately about the need to act in solidarity with our sisters and brothers worldwide.
“The greatest moral challenge of our times is to try to do something about the disfiguring scar of global poverty. The fact that 1,000 million people around the world exist on less than a dollar a day and very, very large numbers of people besides exist on only moderately more than that is, frankly, a source not only of anxiety but of real shame to us all.”
Eleanor Margetts, a young CAFOD volunteer from Brighton, shared her experience with an audience of campaigners, MPs and Peers, saying:
“It’s really important to remember that ordinary people do care. Everybody has a heart for something. It’s our responsibility to share our passions. In this globalised world, our neighbours are no longer just those who live near us. They are our brothers and sisters across this beautiful planet we share.”
Many thanks to Pamela Flavell from Bournemouth, Rosalie Mans from New Forest, Chris Knollys from Reading, Ian Long from Waterlooville and Jude Maleski from Southampton who attended the event.