16th May – Laudato Si’ Week to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ letter.


Laudato Si'Five years ago, Pope Francis realised his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’ – and to mark this special anniversary, Catholics from around the world are uniting for Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May.

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Linda Jones, CAFOD’s Head of Theology, said:

“I can still remember how excited I was five years ago when I first read Laudato Si’. It was full of ideas and written in a style that was easy to understand. Pope Francis challenges us, then and now, to think differently about progress, and to renew our commitment to bring about positive change for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.He reminds us of how interconnected we all are – and how important it is to become more attentive to our relationships with God, each other and the earth. What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our children, and for all future generations? This call to care for our common home was a great challenge: to change not only our minds but also our hearts – a true ecological conversion.’’

During this special week, CAFOD is holding a range of online events

Tuesday 19th May 11am Prayer and Chat.  An online meeting for volunteers from across the country to come together to mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.The session will include a Bible reading, time to reflect and share, and group prayer.

Wednesday 20th May 6pm live streamed  Mass with Bishop John Arnold

Thursday 21st May 11am  talk by Neil Thornes CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy on the impact of Laudato Si’ on his work.

Please register for these events by clicking on the highlighted text.

Countering Consumerism CAFOD retreat 3rd November

Please come to our CAFOD retreat on Countering Consumerism : Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate on Saturday 3rd November from 10am to 4pm at St Joseph’s Retreat Centre, 8 Lyndhurst Road, Ashurst, Hampshire SO40 7DU

What does it mean to be holy? How can we find holiness given our busy modern lives?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad) . He encourages us to open our eyes ,ears and hearts to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our horizons. So do join us and take some time out to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas

A simple lunch of soup and bread will be provided so do let us know of any allergies or food intolerance . The day is free but  donations are accepted . To book your place please click here