Reclaiming Our Common Home

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour.” Ask yourself this question: ‘if two are better than one, how can we come together to make a positive impact on the world?’

Reclaim Our Common Home is CAFOD’s new campaign is a response to Pope Francis’s call for a new way of thinking about the world, and to take an active part in renewing our troubled societies by embracing the universal values of solidarity and fraternity. Sign our petition to the prime minister

In 2020, we experienced the worst global health crisis in a century. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated lives and shattered families in Britain and across the world, with disastrous consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods.

The pandemic exposed many of the inadequacies of how our world currently works. It has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society.

As Catholics, we are called not to stay silent and not to be passive. This is why Reclaim Our Common Home is a call to action! It’s a call to participate both individually and collectively in rebuilding a more dignified and sustainable world after the pandemic. Click here to find out more.

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Students Assemble! The Light of the World National Assembly

Join with students around England and Wales as we pray and reflect together in our Advent national assembly for schools.

We’re all very busy getting ready for Christmas. This year, we may not be able to do the things we usually do, like visit all our families and friends, and spend time in each other’s houses. But while we remember some of the difficult times we’ve all lived through this year, we also look forward to the coming of Jesus – the light of the world.

Children at St Joseph’s Primary School (Hendon, London) learn about CAFOD in an assembly led by a CAFOD volunteer in 2016.

The assembly is on Thursday 10 December, with the primary assembly starting at 9.30am and the secondary assembly starting at 10am. In this assembly we will meet some people around the world who have spread light and hope this year, and we will reflect on what it what it means to share the light of Jesus to help make Christmas special for everyone. 

Join us and tune in by clicking HERE.

Introducing Julia, our new Campaign Volunteer Coordinator!

Julia Roche has joined the CAFOD in Shrewsbury team as our new Campaign Volunteer Coordinator. She’ll be working with our fantastic campaign volunteers across the diocese on vital issues that impact our global family. Take a moment to get to know her more!

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m originally from London but am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Liverpool studying Law.

Why did you want to volunteer with CAFOD?  I’ve always been interested in supporting charities involved in international aid and current affairs and thought I would enjoy the opportunity to support the campaigns that CAFOD does.   

What are you most excited about when it comes to campaigning with CAFOD? I’m looking forward to getting to know CAFOD staff and volunteers, as I feel that collaboration on campaigns is really enjoyable and worthwhile. I appreciate how many opportunities there are for volunteers. I’ll be attending ‘Faith into action: Building a better world after the pandemic’ and am looking forward to hearing from other campaign volunteers and CAFOD on how we can tackle poverty, inequality, and the climate emergency. You can join me on the day by singing up here: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/Faith-into-action

Do you have a message for campaign volunteers in Shrewsbury? I’m excited to meet you all soon (I hope) and learn more about what you’ve been doing for CAFOD. Without your participation, CAFOD wouldn’t be able to make a global impact.

Do you have fun facts about yourself? I’m fluent in French!

If you’re interested in campaigning with CAFOD across the Diocese of Shrewsbury, you can join our team by emailing Ciara Hogan at chogan@cafod.org.uk. Alternatively, you can sign up by following this link: https://cafod.org.uk/Volunteer/Sign-up