Since coming back from my overseas visit to Ethiopia to meet CAFOD’s Partners, the Daughters of Charity, I have had the amazing opportunity to talk about the Step into the Gap programme in relation to my Overseas visit on the BBC Radio. To be able to talk about my experience and inspire others to apply for the Step into the Gap programme who may or may not have heard of CAFOD before, was a real blessing and I am so proud to share the work that CAFOD partners are doing in the local communities in Ethiopia.
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.
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