Welcome to new Gapper Sophie

Sophie, who is originally from Manchester, has previously volunteered at CAFOD Salford, and we’re so happy to see her now embarking on the next stage of her journey as a Step into the Gap volunteer. Welcome, Sophie!

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I’m Sophie Aulton, I am 22 and originally from Manchester. I will soon be starting my year at Leeds Trinity University as part of CAFODs Step into the Gap programme. I have spent the last year at Leeds University studying for my Masters in Global Development, before which I was at Keele University doing Philosophy and International Relations.

I had done a bit of volunteering for CAFOD in my free time at Salford and Leeds, which inspired me to apply for Step into the Gap, and become more involved in what CAFOD does.

By doing my placement at Leeds Trinity University, I hope to work with students on issues of social injustice, and help raise awareness of CAFODs work all over the world. I aim to show how much simple acts of giving, contacting your MP, or empowering people can have such a positive effect on people globally.

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Find out more about the new Step into the Gap recruits

Inspirational North West CAFOD Campaign Day at Loreto College

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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.

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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