Sowing seeds of goodness in our human family

Pope Francis at the launch of the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign for migrants and refugees in September 2017

In his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis writes of ‘dark clouds over a closed world’, evoking the uncertainty we have about the future. We are affected here in the Diocese of Salford with rapidly climbing rates of Covid-19 infections in our towns and cities, as well as more people facing uncertainity with regards their employment. Millions more vulnerable families around the world are now struggling with food shortages and loss of income as a result of coronavirus.

Pope Francis reminds us that ‘despite these dark clouds’ there are ‘new paths of hope’. He tells us ‘God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family.’

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A Message from Bishop John on the Season of Creation and update on the Laudato Si’ Project

My dear brothers and sisters,

There is no doubt that we are becoming much more aware of the damage that we have done, and are continuing to inflict, on the Earth, our common home and the damage that is affecting the people most, in many of the poorest countries of the world, who have done least to cause it.

They are enduring the worst events of seasonal change where crops are ruined and agricultural land turned to desert.

We have done little to begin our work of repair but important progress has been made in understanding the present situation, the causes of the damage and the various means that are available to us to heal and to mend.

It is impossible to exaggerate the task that lies before us and the urgency to make progress before irreparable damage is done. It is clear that every one of us has a role to play, through simple adjustments to our daily lives, to a change in our routines and priorities.

Today, during the Season of Creation, we turn to prayer.

We must ask for the knowledge, the insight and understanding of the dangers we face. And we must ask for the Grace to make progress in uniting the determination of politicians, industry and science in caring for our brothers and sisters and our common home.

Let us pray together, during this Season of Care of Creation, that God will show us the way and give us the strength and determination to achieve all that He is asking of us in caring for our common home.

Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey

Laudato Si Project: The Journey We Are On

Local primary school children helping plant fruit trees in the Laudato Si’ garden

In the Diocese of Salford, responding to Laudato Si and Pope Francis’ call for us all to care for our common home has been an important part of our faith journey.  To mark the beginning of Lent over the last two years, Bishop John has written Pastoral Letters calling on schools and parishes in our diocese to take the environmental crisis more seriously and to make small changes in their day to day lives.

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The history of CAFOD’s debt campaigning

CAFOD campaigners form 1.5 degrees at the UN COP24 Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland.

Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD’s Campaign Outreach Coordinator, shares three moments of CAFOD’s debt campaigning history and how you can get involved today.

1997: Fair Deal for the Poor 

I started work in CAFOD’s campaign team back in summer 1991. CAFOD then was in the third year of the environment campaign Renewing the Earth.

During the 1990s, CAFOD supported policy forums that were looking at the impact of debt in increasing poverty in many developing countries across the world, but particularly in sub Saharan Africa. These issues became a key component of the CAFOD Fair Deal for the Poor campaign launched in 1997.

Today, CAFOD is still calling for debt cancellation for the poorest countries, sign the petition now.

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