Highlights of the Year – 2017 Part II

Written by CAFOD volunteer Estefania Gonzalez.

We’ve had such a great year that we had to split it into two blogs!

Read Part I of our 2017 highlights!

Laudato Si

In Laudato Si, the letter of Pope Francis, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’ and to show our love for creation. In June, CAFOD Salford, as a practical response for this, launched its B.O.B box project. Bishop John Arnold has encouraged the project and said that ‘the B.O.B boxes gives us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment’

Don’t ditch Fair Trade

Unfortunately, this year Sainsbury’s decided to ditch Fairtrade Mark from some of their own brand tea and replace it with its own ‘Fairly Traded’ brand. Fairtrade makes a difference to the workers in some of the world’s poorest communities.

But CAFOD, in collaboration with others, have said #dontditchfairtrade by taking action in October. Thanks to that, thousands of people have already written to Sainsbury’s and gather outside their local Sainsbury’s store using mug props saying ‘‘Ditching Fairtrade: not my cup of tea’.


Lastly, but not least, the amazing result on Maua. CAFOD has been supporting the Maua community for months to avoid the eviction where hundreds of families in Sao Paulo would lose their roof over their heads.

In England and Wales, 4,000 CAFOD supporters joined this action by signing petitions, sending emails and sharing pictures in social media #Ficamaua, and the eviction was CANCELLED.

This means that 237 families who have been living in Maua for the last decade will continue to live there.

From CAFOD Salford, we want to say THANK YOU, and we hope that this serves as a reflection of this year on how much we can achieve when we are united.

Hope all these stories have inspired and encouraged you for a better 2018.

Thank you for everything.

A happy new year from Steve, Ann and Rosie.

CAFOD Salford launch of ‘The B.O.B. Box’


The launch

On 20th June CAFOD Salford’s ‘simple, practical response to Laudato Si‘ was launched at St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale.

Our B.O.B. box, a dual purpose bird-nesting or bat roosting box, is set to make a huge impact across the Diocese of Salford – making a contribution to improving our own environment as well as supporting CAFOD’s work overseas.

The launch was attended by over 50 people – parishioners, volunteers and


Steve Burrowes ( CPC Salford ) Liz Creagh ( HMP Buckley Hall ) and Bishop John Arnold at B.O.B. launch – St Vincent de Paul’s, Norden, Rochdale

representatives from local schools, members of Rochdale’s Catenian Circle and staff from HMP Buckley Hall, who will be participating in the project. We are, like with our partners overseas,  working in partnership with HMP Buckley Hall to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us all to show our love for our common home by “living more wisely, thinking more deeply and loving more generously.”

Bishop John Arnold, who has been an encouraging supporter of the project from the outset, gave the project a ringing endorsement when he said :

In ‘Laudato Si’, the letter of Pope Francis to us all, he talks about our ‘care for our common home’. We have to look after our world and all the creatures in it, just as we are to look after each other and never forget or ignore the needs of the people in the poorest countries of the world.

bob3The B.O.B. boxes give us a real opportunity to connect with nature, by helping endangered birds and bats that are so important to our local environment.

And by buying the boxes we provide much needed funds to help the poorest of people to have clean water and build sustainable livelihoods for themselves.”

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Come Listen to Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes poster - Copy

Come to hear Peter Hughes speak about his experience in Peru in relation to Pope Francis’ call to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Please come along on Friday 7th July at 1pm – 3pm to St Mary’s Bamber Bridge, PR5 6SP