Reclaim our Common Home Petition hand in- Thank You for signing

Eyes of the World -Tom Flint

Faith leaders from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist communities delivered messages to Downing Street on 18 October 2021 on behalf of CAFOD and other organisations and ahead of the COP26 climate talks.

Faith Leaders outside Number 10 -Tom Flint

This included messages from CAFOD supporters who have signed a petition to Boris Johnson and children and young people who have drawn illustrations to remind the Prime Minister the ‘Eyes of the World’ are on him in the run-up to COP26.

The faith leaders’ message called on the Prime Minister to push for agreements to keep temperature rises below 1.5C, ensure rich countries meet and exceed promises to provide $100bn each year to countries hardest hit by the climate crisis and end further support for fossil fuels.

Over 10,000 people signed the petition and 33,000 children took part in the eyes of the world campaign. Thank you so much for taking part.

Go Green National assemblies

On Thursday 16th September CAFOD launches the Go Green National Assembly. Our Go Green assembly encourages Catholic schools around England and Wales to unite and fundraise to support communities around the world who are protecting the planet. The assemblies are introduced and led by young people and our education team are interested to hear from schools who would like to get involved in our next national assembly just email schools@cafod.org.uk

 This harvest the assemblies will share the story of Luana who lives in the Brazilian Amazon. When fires destroyed the crops and trees that Luana’s community rely on to survive, CAFOD’s local experts helped them to replant using sustainable methods so that they would have food to eat and to sell.

The secondary assembly is available now just click here so it can be watch in form groups or year groups and the primary assembly will be premiered at 9:30 am on Thursday 16th September and then available to watch here after that .

Please send me your Go Green photos whether it is mufti day, green cake sale or pea soup lunch as I would like to share them on the CAFOD Portsmouth blog and facebook page. or tweet @CAFODPortsmouth

Emma is our new Step into the Gap Volunteer at St Cassian’s Kintbury

Emma Parlane Step into the Gap Volunteer

Hello, I’m Emma. I am 22 and from Stafford. Over the coming year, I will be part of the volunteer team at St. Cassian’s Retreat Centre, Kintbury, within the Portsmouth Diocese. As a lifelong practicing Catholic, I have always been aware of CAFOD and its incredible work. As an adult I have developed a better understanding of the importance of CAFOD’s work and the issues they raise for global justice. We are all called by God to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world as we are all one family of God and seeing CAFOD’s work has inspired me to live my faith through action and deeds.

This year I am excited to have the opportunity to witness and become part of CAFOD’s amazing work. I hope to make a real difference in the world and inspire others especially the young people who come on retreat to get involved with CAFOD, as collectively we can make a real change. 

I am inspired by CAFOD’s ethos of equipping people with the skills and resources they need so that they can support themselves, their families and community. I am excited about CAFOD’s ‘Reclaim our common home’ campaign and the opportunity to represent CAFOD at COP26 with the aim to protect God’s gift of creation from climate change and to support those whose homes and way of life have already been affected by the climate crisis.

This year will give me the opportunity to grow in faith, live in service of others and impact my life and the lives of people around me in a positive way. I hope that having people around me to share this experience who are also passionate about their faith will give me the encouragement and support to make the most of this opportunity.

Thank you Emma and welcome to the CAFOD Portsmouth team!