CAFOD’s work to make ‘Our Common Home’ a reality

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.

Read CAFOD’s vision of progress: Our Common Home

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.

Download our prayers and reflections

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.

CAFOD joins DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people, whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads – and we are inviting communities and parishes across England and Wales to get involved.

Donate to the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, said:

“In the UK, our struggle against coronavirus has entered the next phase, but in many of the world’s poorest communities, the fight has only just begun.”

Donate to the DEC Coronavirus appeal today

Millions of families living in crowded camps or makeshift shelters are having to face the coronavirus with little access to running water, soap, or medical aid.

Families who have been forced to flee their homes in places like Syria, South Sudan, and the Democratic of Congo, are especially vulnerable.  

Christine continued: “In many places around the world there are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat everyone who falls ill. But promoting handwashing and providing personal protective equipment, health advice and food parcels can make a huge difference.”

“We need your support to reach these communities and help people to cope as best they can when an outbreak of the virus strikes.”

Find out more about the DEC coronavirus appeal

CAFOD is already responding to the crisis. 

Since launching its emergency appeal on 30 April, we have scaled up our support to local aid experts across the world. They are helping to provide food and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities.

Find out more about our work with communities around the world

We have had an amazing response from communities across the country. CAFOD supporter Richard ran 5K to visit Churches around Chester. He set up a JustGiving page which was shared by local parishes and raised over £1100! Richard told us he wanted to inspire others to get involved by showing just how easy it is to set up a fundraiser.

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And now, we need your continued support during the DEC appeal to ensure that we can further scale up our support and make sure that no one is beyond the reach of the support they need.

Christine continued:

“It is critical that we act now to reach millions of vulnerable people who have lost everything and no longer have ways of coping.”

Donate now

Every donation made to the DEC’s Coronavirus Appeal will help vulnerable families and help stop the spread of this disease.

Callout to young people: send us your messages of Hope!

We are so excited to announce that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce will creating a unique piece of writing on behalf of CAFOD around the theme of ‘hope’ – but we need your help!

Over July, Frank hopes to capture children and young people thoughts and feelings to help him to create this unique piece.

So, we are inviting all young people across England, Wales and internationally to be a part of this hopeful, inspirational piece.

Time to get involved!

To take part, all you need to do is tell us – in just one word, or one sentence, in a picture or design – what gives you hope. 

Please email your ideas, along with your first name, your age and your town, to schools@cafod.org.uk before Monday 27 July – and make sure to ask permission from an adult first!

We will then share this piece through our schools’ work and on our digital channels in September.

You can keep up to date with all our latest news by following our social media channels @CAFODShrewsbury on Twitter and Facebook.

Please note, by sending in your submission (whether written or drawn) you give CAFOD permission to reproduce it for use for this project, and others, including media work.