At CAFOD, our mission is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. Regional News Officer, Elouise Hobbs, writes about how we have been working hard to make the vision of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ foundational in all our work.
It has always been our mission to work without prejudice. We don’t preach, and we pride ourselves on our diversity.
We believe our Catholic values are best shown through our love for other, and by working for justice and an end to poverty.
CAFOD’s vision, mission and values draw directly from Catholic Social Teaching (CST), Scripture, Liturgy, the Gospel and the tradition of the Church.
Five years in the making
Over the last five years, we have been particularly inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and its call for us all to respond to both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
We have looked again at what progress really means, in dialogue with partners from around the world. We know that everything is interconnected.
We believe that we are called by our faith to stand alongside poor communities and care for God’s creation. And our response is rooted in this belief.
“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (Laudato Si’ 231).
A vision for the future
We’d love for you to join us on our journey.
As well as asking you, our supporters, to donate and campaign, we place equal importance on prayer.
We provide prayers and reflections for our supporters and use prayer for our own guidance and inspiration.
We are also encouraging all parishes to considering signing up to our LiveSimply award – to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.
One parish on the Wirral have been working towards their LiveSimply Award during lockdown. They have come up with some amazing and innovative ways to live out Laudato Si’ from their homes. Check out what they’ve been up to by following Holy Apostles and Martyrs on Facebook and @HamParish on Twitter.