Crosby Campaigner in Parliment

Crosby campaigner travels to parliament to ask MPs important questions before the general election
 
Local campaigner Peter Firth travelled from Crosby to Westminster to speak with MPs in Parliament to ensure the interests of the world’s poorest people will be kept in mind during the upcoming general election.
 
On Monday 24 April, sixty supporters of the aid agency CAFOD travelled from across the country to meet with MPs from different political parties at Speaker’s House in Parliament. Peter met with MPs to speak about maintaining commitments to supporting people living in poverty through UK aid and action to tackle climate change.
 
Peter said: “The reason why the UK should continue investing 0.7% in the aid budget really came home tonight. I have been critical, thinking that the money gets wasted and goes to intermediaries but I have been convinced today.
 
“It is not just about prestige, not even about the money but the investment projects the UK as a caring and passionate society. We are very lucky, and we should share that.” 
 

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CAFOD campaigner Peter Firth (Right)

Commons Speaker the Rt Hon John Bercow MP told the reception:“For my part, I always think the greatest moral challenge of our times is to try to do something about the gross crisis and disfiguring scar of global poverty.
 
“The fact that 1,000 million people around the world exist on less than a dollar a day and very, very, very large numbers of people besides exist on only moderately more than that is, frankly, a source not only of anxiety but of real shame to us all.”
 

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Commons Speaker the Rt Hon John Bercow MP

The campaigners who attended the Parliamentary reception are CAFOD ‘MP Correspondents’, supporters who write to MPs on international development issues such as the impact of climate change and trade practices.
 
CAFOD is encouraging Catholics to ask election candidates to support UK commitments on tackling poverty overseas and climate change, as well as working to ensure that Britain remains an outward-looking and welcoming nation.
Neil Thorns, CAFOD’s Director of Advocacy, said: “It is so great to see local constituents raising their voices before the general election and making their local political representatives aware of issues that are important to them.
“Pope Francis himself warns that people living in poverty can often be an ‘afterthought’ in political discussions and that’s why it’s so important that we remind candidates of the need to remain an outward-looking nation – one that cares for the interests of people in the world’s poorest communities.
“This is why the commitment to maintaining UK support for overseas aid is crucial for saving lives and pulling people out of poverty.” 
Find questions to ask your candidates at cafod.org.uk/election

 

Friday Suppers Cookbook

CAFOD has lauFridaySuppersCovernched a cookbook, Friday Suppers, featuring recipes written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.
The book was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for those observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes, written with value for money and availability of ingredients in mind.
Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book
Friday Suppers fits in perfectly with our Harvest Appeal, during which we’d like you to ‘make a place at your table’ for those with less food to eat.
The cookbook is full of simple, family-friendly recipes, perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal. All proceeds raised from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across the world.
Discover more Harvest fundraising ideas and resources 
The book’s author, Pauline Curran, said:

“I know that when Friday evening comes around after a long week, a lot of people are stuck for easy meal ideas. With that in mind, I put together this recipe book in the hope that it would inspire people to cook more tasty, simple Friday suppers. I admire greatly the work of CAFOD and I’m so pleased to know that my recipe book is contributing to this work.”

Long-standing CAFOD supporter and cookery writer Delia Smith said:

“When Pauline opened the boot of her car and nonchalantly unloaded masses of the most delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very special talent. She has a deep faith, and like many of us is concerned that so many people in the world do not have enough to eat. So, please buy as many copies of the recipe book as you can, tell all your friends, and then hopefully we will have a runaway bestseller, and from that a lot of people will be able to receive some help.”

Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book
Top of our list of recipes we can’t wait to make are Swiss cheese pancakes, hot king prawn curry and the very moreish Moorish vegetables with coriander couscous! And with autumn just around the corner, we’re sure that the recipe for pumpkin soup with chilli croutons will go down a storm. Get your hands on a copy of the book while stocks last and let us know which your favourite recipes are.
The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.
Find out more about the One Climate, One World climate change campaign.
To order a copy of Friday Suppers call 0300 011 5680 or visit cafod.org.uk/fridaysuppers

Liverpool takes part in the BIG IF G8 Rally!!!!!

Over 50 people travelled down from Liverpool Archdiocese to join in with thousands of others for the BIG IF G8 Rally on Saturday!

The day started with an uplifting ecumenical service in Westminster Central Hall led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and with a video message from the Archbishop of Canterbury. We then joined up with the other 45,000 Enough Food for Everyone IF supporters in Hyde Park in blazing sunshine. The BIG IF rally was hosted by Gethin Jones and Mylene Klass. The excitement and passion from the crowd was evident as inspiring words were spoken from the main stage by Bill Gates, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, CAFOD ambassador David Harewood, film director Danny Boyle, BBC DJ Lauren Laverne and singer Angelique Kidjo. David Beckham sent a special video message and told supporters to tell Prime Minister David Cameron “the time for the G8 to act is now”. At 5pm Rowan Williams led the crowd in a minute’s silence as an act of respect for the millions who have died of hunger.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who travelled down with us on the day. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!!!

To see all the photos from the day, please see below:

Join us on the 8th June!!!

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We are really looking forward to the big IF mobilisation in London on 8 June – which is coming closer and closer! it will be THE biggest event of the year – so please clear your diaries if you haven’t already done so, and make sure you come along!

We will be joining thousands of campaigners and supporters from the over 170 NGOs and agencies that are part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF coalition. The schedule of the day is as follows:

– 11.30am Ecumenical Service at Westminster Central Hall (opposite the Houses of Parliament). Bishop John Arnold, chair of the CAFOD Board of Trustees, will be one of the speakers

– the Ecumenical Service will be followed by a Walk of Witness to Hyde Park

– 2-5pm main event in Hyde Park, with speakers, live music and activities for all the family – children and young people are very welcome to come along and there will be plenty of activities for them!

CAFOD Liverpool have bought train tickets for the day for people to travel down to London. The train leaves Liverpool Lime Street at 07:48 and we will leave London Euston on the 18:07 train. All we are asking for is a small donation to cover some of the cost! If you are interested in coming along then please phone the CAFOD Liverpool office on 0151 228 4028 or email liverpool@cafod.org.uk

8 June will be our chance to tell world leaders that we want to see an end to global hunger – please join us and pray for the success of the event! 🙂

Thank you!

Your help in making IF happen – the IF London Event in Hyde Park

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In two months’ time, world leaders are meeting here in the UK for the G8 and tackling the causes of hunger is on the agenda. We know what needs to be done to stop people going hungry. We have an unprecedented opportunity to get the change we need: David Cameron is holding a Hunger Summit on the 8th June, a Tax and Transparency Summit on 15th June, and the G8 itself on 17th June. By coming together to speak out for change, we can influence the decisions world leaders make and stop millions of people going hungry. We want G8 Leaders to act on the four big issues that mean so many people do not get enough food; Aid, Tax, Land and Transparency. Tens of thousands of people have already joined the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, but we need to get millions behind us to make sure world leaders take the right action at the G8 to help end hunger. And this is where we need your help.

In the run up to the G8, Enough Food for Everyone IF is launching a powerful ten days of action…and we need hundreds of thousands of people to push world leaders to act!

On 8th June – the start of our big 10-day push to the G8, and the day of the Hunger Summit in London – we will be holding an amazing event in Hyde Park, central London, where tens of thousands of us will be able to come together to demand action on hunger and show our support for the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

This will be your chance to add your voice to the powerful political message that we will deliver to the G8 leaders at their summit, and join others from around the world in a once-in-a-lifetime afternoon of activity.

There’s not long to go, and we really need your support to get lots of people to the event and to influence the G8 Leaders.

Times for the day:

11am: Start of activities, including faith services and other activities across London

1pm Arrival: gates open in London for the event

2–5pm: The main event takes place in Hyde Park

CAFOD Liverpool have bought train tickets for the day for people to travel down to London. The train leaves Liverpool Lime Street at 07:48 and we will leave London Euston on the 18:07 train. All we are asking for is a small donation to cover some of the cost! If you are interested in coming along then please phone the CAFOD Liverpool office on 0151 228 4028! Thank you!