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CAFOD Annual Mass of Thanksgiving – Blessed Oscar Romero

July 6, 2015

romero imageCAFOD’s Annual Mass of Thanksgiving will be at

St Oswald’s Church Old Swan Liverpool L13 7BS

Wednesday 15th July at 7pm.  The Celebrant

is  Fr Michael Fitzsimons.  Clare Dixon CAFOD’s

Head of Latin America will share her experience of

the Beatification of Blessed Oscar Romero.

All Welcome – Refreshments will be served

“If they kill me, I shall rise again in the Salvadoran people”

Blessed Oscar Romero

Did you know? (56)

June 18, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Lancaster's Blog:

Did you know….in the most radical encyclical focused on environmental issues, Laudato Si’– Care of our common home, Pope Francis has this week challenged the world to act on the greatest threats facing the human family: climate change, growing global inequality and the destruction of nature? He calls on the world to rethink its definition of progress. Pope Francis’ encyclical inspires us to open our eyes and be more compassionate towards creation and our neighbours. Join Catholics worldwide asking Prime Minister David Cameron to support the Pope’s call to care for creation and for the world’s poorest people


Join Catholics worldwide asking Prime Minister David Cameron to support the Pope’s call to care for creation and for the world’s poorest people.

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Find encyclical resources to help you reflect on the meaning of Laudato Si’.

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We rise by lifting others

June 8, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Lancaster's Blog:

IMG_0502 The travellers prepare to leave the UK fro Zimbabwe

As life continues to slip by and the moments I thought would last forever become just mere photographs on the wall, it’s important for me to look in the mirror and ask myself how I became the person I am. Earlier this year I embarked on a journey – one which will always be more than a moment and a photograph on the wall, a journey which changed my life.

In January 2015 I took to the skies and flew across the ocean to the landlocked country of Zimbabwe located in Southern Africa. Whilst over there I visited many communities and met some awe inspiring women and men, but above all there is one community that stood out for me. It is a community that I look back on whenever I find myself in situations when I want to quit, to…

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Courageous work of CAFOD partners in Sierra Leone and Syria honoured with humanitarian awards

June 3, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Salford's Blog:


Safe and dignified burial team. Image Louise Norton. CAFOD.

CAFOD has been recognised for its efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. As part of the SMART Consortium – an Alliance of faith-based organisations working on the Ebola virus response – the Consortium led by World Vision has won the prestigious BOND International Humanitarian Award.

The award was presented at a ceremony in London yesterday, recognising the courageous service of the more than 800 burial workers who serve with SMART, a UK government-funded consortium comprising of World Vision, CAFOD, and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Together the three agencies have trained and equipped burial workers to conduct Safe and Dignified burials for Ebola victims across Sierra Leone.

The teams have also been commended for observing cultural customs, faith traditions for both Christians and Muslims, while preventing contamination of family members. Since November 2014, SMART’s 57 teams…

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National Volunteer Week: Toni gets creative in school

June 2, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD blog:

This week is National Volunteer Week, and we’re celebrating the amazing and varied work of our CAFOD volunteers. Schools volunteer Toni Woodhead shares her experience of visiting schools, getting creative and inspiring children to take action for CAFOD.

photo Toni (right) speaking to new school volunteers during their training.

Being a school volunteer has been rewarding and enlightening, even with the preparation time and the first scary moments in front of the children. I have even found a creative side to myself and it is amazing how much it is developing!

The resources from CAFOD are always great and usually contains all the information about what is needed. At first this was all I used but as confidence grows, so do the ideas. From the first dirty water container and the wonderfully wrapped clean water, to the straw animal from Ikea that looked like a supergoat once a red cloak was added, I have started to…

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Rebuilding Justice.

June 2, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Salford's Blog:


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Living in a Kinder World.

June 1, 2015

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Oscar Romero: “Aspire not to have more but to be more”

May 27, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD blog:

Matthew Sanderson works for CAFOD and is the Executive Assistant to the Director. In 2013 he visited Romero’s tomb in El Salvador. He will commence teacher training (history for secondary school children) in the autumn.

Matthew Sanderson on a recent trip visiting CAFOD projects in El Salvador Matthew on a recent visit to El Salvador

I love history. Learning about people and events in the past fascinates me – What happened? Why does it happen? What can I learn from the past for my own life?

It doesn’t matter if the moment happened years or centuries ago. It’s fascinating how key figures from the past lived in cultures and experienced life in settings that I could not imagine; and yet they resonate so much with me.

This was definitely the case when I first learnt about Oscar Romero as a teenager. He may have died a decade before I was born in a country thousands of miles way but his story challenges…

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The Camino Countdown for CAFOD & SJH is on!

May 11, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Lancaster's Blog:

In just 3 days, three parishioners from St Mary of the Angels, Bolton-le-Sands, will be setting off on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Hugh Wignall Hugh, Dermot and their ever faithful training companions- the dogs!

On 12 May, Hugh Wignall, Dermot Smyth and Peter Smyth, will be travelling to St Jean Pied du Port ready to embark on the 800km walk, following the pilgrimage route ‘The Way of St. James’, across the Pyrénées and northern Spain. They will be carrying everything they need on their backs and will be staying in refugios and hostels during the 5-6 weeks.

Telma, a former refugee, who has now trained as a lab technician with CAFOD funding, and working at the clinic Telma, a former refugee, who has now trained as a lab technician with CAFOD funding,    and working at the clinic

St Mary of the Angels Parish have been fundraising for the Guarjila rural clinic in El Salvador, comprising facilities including a paediatrics unit, laboratories and a specialist doctors. It has been described…

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Nepal Appeal.

April 28, 2015

Originally posted on CAFOD Salford's Blog:

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CAFOD launches appeal after devastating Nepal earthquake

The aid agency CAFOD has committed an immediate £50,000 and launched an emergency appeal after Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

Matthew Carter, Head of CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department, said: “This is the worst earthquake to hit Nepal for 80 years, and it will take some time before the full extent of the destruction is known. With power supplies down, there’s still virtually no news from remote villages near the epicentre, but the damage is likely to be extreme.

“CAFOD’s local partners have been working through the night to deliver aid to people who have fled their homes, but the situation on the ground remains extremely challenging, with aftershocks continuing. After a disaster on this scale, the immediate needs will include food, shelter, emergency supplies and – crucially – clean water and sanitation to prevent the…

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