Inspirational North West CAFOD Campaign Day at Loreto College

Conference Room

CAFOD campaigners are briefed about the campaigning ahead.

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday, CAFOD campaigners from around the North West and further afield travelled to Loreto College in Manchester to be updated on CAFOD’s climate and energy campaign. Those who attended also had the opportunity to listen to Takura Gwatinyanya, from CAFOD partner Caritas Harare, who shared his experiences of how communities in Zimbabwe are struggling to manage the effects of climate change.

The campaign day began with a short opening liturgy taken from “Daily Prayers in the  Celtic Tradition”. During this liturgy those assembled remembered the gifts the Lord has given us by bringing forward water (to cleanse and refresh), bread (to nourish and sustain) and seeds (to sow in us a thirst for deeper meaning)  to place around the lit candle at the front of the meeting room.

Prayer or Central Table

Gifts of water, bread and seeds brought forward during opening liturgy

Following the opening liturgy Maria Elena Arana, CAFOD Campaign Coordinator, lead a theology session covering the main aspects of “Laudato Si” and how this papal encyclical is intimately connected to CAFOD’s “One Climate, One World” campaign and the Year of Mercy. For further information and resources on the papal encyclical, campaigns and the Year of Mercy, just click on the previous links. Continue reading

Prayer, Peace and Prosperity.

The Violence of Peace-Making: Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Search for Peace.

Francisco de Roux smiling at the start of the evening.

Over seventy people filled the Chapel at Loreto College to hear how prayer can foster peace and prosperity. Fr Francisco de Roux SJ spoke inspirationally, to a crowded chapel, of his experiences in Colombia. He tells of how the church is able to open dialogue between different factions and organisations within Colombia. A reflection of Oscar Romero’s life and work in El Salvador was also given.

Less than a year ago, Archbishop Oscar Romero underwent the beatification decree. As this happened, a rainbow appeared around the sun, a natural phenomenon that astonished the world. The solar halo appeared at the exact moment of beatification and lasted around forty five minutes. The halo can be interpreted as the angels in heaven applauding as they welcomed the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

“We can’t simply stop the war, we must build peace.” (Francisco de Roux SJ)

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Romero Week 2016 – Diocese of Salford

Don’t forget Romero Week 2016 begins next week and CAFOD Salford will be marking this special week. CAFOD and the Archbishop Romero Trust have worked closely together to promote the work and legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero and CAFOD is delighted to be promoting Romero Week 2016. The Archbishop Romero Trust is delighted to announce that this year Jesuit Fr Francisco de Roux will be its guest speaker for the commemorations of Blessed Oscar Romero’s martyrdom (24th March 1980).

Since the 1980’s Fr de Roux has been a leading voice in the efforts to seek a negotiated settlement to Colombia’s decades-long armed conflict. He has received numerous awards recognising his contribution to human rights and peace-building: among them the French Légion d’Honneur, Colombia’s National Peace Prize and the Chirac Foundation’s 2012 prize for Peace and Conflict Prevention.

Fr de Roux is speaking in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and London during Romero Week. The Diocese of Salford is delighted to be hosting a talk by Fr Francisco de Roux at Loreto College Chapel on Thursday 17th March at 7pm, see the poster below for more details. Please download the poster to print and display in your parishes and communities, by clicking on the link below:

 Romero week poster Salford 2016 v 2

Romero Week 2016 Salford

 

For a downloadable video produced by CAFOD on the life and legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero, then please visit the CAFOD website:

The life and legacy of Blessed Oscar Romero