CAFOD partner, Fr Edwin (“Edu”) Gariguez will speaking in Blackburn on Tuesday 14th July at Sacred Heart Parish, for further details and to book your free place, please contact the CAFOD Salford Office (0161 705 0605) and please download the poster (click below) to display in your local parish communities.
For a map and directions to Sacred Heart please click below:
Fr Edu will be welcomed by the people of Blackburn, CAFOD supporters from across the region and Bishop John Arnold, who is Chair of CAFOD’s board of trustees. Below is a short biography of Fr Edwin.
Fr Edwin (“Edu”) Gariguez is the Executive Secretary of NASSA (Caritas Philippines), CAFOD’s key partner for all its response to the devastation on 8 November 2013 of Typhoon Haiyan.
Father Edwin asked Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines in January 2015 to address the issue of climate change which he says urgently needs the Church’s attention. In his letter, Father Edu asked the Pope to call on governments to commit to climate change reduction measures and to support calls to end the continued burning of fossil fuels. He wrote:
“Facing hunger, increased mortality due to temperature increase and more destruction from extreme weather events, the Philippines is at the doorstep of all major threats of climate change… Investing in fossil fuel companies and in eco-destructive projects is synonymous with supporting the destruction of our future.”
Fr Edu is also a leading environmentalist who won the Environmental Goldman Prize in 2012 for protesting against mining in Mindoro: http://www.goldmanprize.org/recipient/edwin-gariguez/.
The people of the Diocese of Salford have so far raised over £238,000 for CAFOD’s Emergency Appeal for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and to see an old article from when Bishop John visited the Philippines back in 2013, click on the link below: