Today is the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Today we celebrate the birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero who was born 100 years ago. He was archbishop of El Salvador and a guiding light to the poor communities until his murder in 1980.

In Portsmouth diocese there is a Walking Pilgrimage on 9th September to celebrate his life so please join us if possible.

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

Walking Pilgrimage from Havant to Portsmouth

If you are unable to join the walk here is the liturgy that will be used so that you can join in prayer.

St John the Baptist Primary explore Power to Be

St John the Baptist Primary School

Many thanks to St John the Baptist Primary in Andover for welcoming our fantastic school volunteer Roger Coveney to your school on Wednesday to tell you about CAFOD’s Power to Be Campaign.

Every child has the power to achieve great things. But with 1 in 6 people in our world still living without electricity the hopes of many children are too often a distant dream. Local renewable energy is the cheapest and most efficient way to bring electricity to the poorest communities to help them light their schools, power fridges in their health centres and pump clean water to their villages.  By joining the CAFOD Power to Be campaign schools and parishes can speak up for local renewable energy to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

St John the Baptist Primary school

St John the Baptist Primary school

Many thanks to the pupils at St John the Baptist for sharing your thoughts about renewable energy and placing them on the rays on your Power to Be sun.

Also a HUGE thank you to Roger for visiting the school and sharing the Power to Be campaign with the children.

The UK already spends money on energy access for the poorest communities through the World Bank.The World Bank is an international organisation with a mission to end poverty around the world. Yet currently only a tiny proportion, less than 3%, of its spending on energy goes towards local, renewable energy and clean cooking, which we know benefits the poorest communities.The World Bank is jointly owned by 189 member country governments, but shareholder countries like the UK hold greater power in making decisions. So, through Power to be, we’re asking the UK’s representative at the World Bank, Melanie Robinson, to use her influence to  ensure the Bank invests in providing local, renewable energy. We need to shift the balance so that everyone can have the chance to fulfil their God-given potential. Get involved by signing the online petition and organise a card signing in your parish.

 

 

Journey to Justice CAFOD retreat on Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero

CAFOD are holding retreats around the country on the theme of Journey to Justice. Listening to the poor, reflection on the Scriptures and engaging with political realities transformed Oscar Romero into one of the church’s most respected and inspirational figures. His legacy of radical love lives on 100 years after his birth. At this CAFOD retreat you are invited to explore how Romero’s life and faith can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. Take time to reflect on your own journey of transformation and be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today.

The nearest retreats to Portsmouth diocese are on Saturday 11 November from 10am to 4pm at Milleret House, Convent of the Assumption, 20 Kensington Square, London W8 5HH shared lunch or Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 4pm St Cuthman’s  Retreat Centre, Cowfold road, Shipley West Sussex RH13 8QL. Lunch provided but donations welcomed.  Book your place here.