“Listen to the Cry of the Earth and the Poor” a talk by Fr Peter

Fr Peter Hughes

Fr Peter Hughes

You are invited to Christ the Prince of Peace Church Weybridge on Saturday 15th July from 10:45 to 12:30pm to hear Fr Peter Hughes give a talk called  “Listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. The response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ call.”  A long term supporter and volunteer of CAFOD heard Fr Peter speak in another diocese and commented that in his many years of being involved, this was the best event CAFOD has ever done!

You are also very welcome to join the parish for their Saturday morning Mass at 10am before the talk starts.

Fr Peter Hughes is an Irish Columban priest from County Mayo who has spent most of his life as a missionary based in Lima, Peru. As well as his work in some of the most desperately impoverished communities in Lima, Peter is an advisor to the Instituto Bartolome de las Casas and CELAM, the collegial council of Latin American bishops designed to promote pastoral leadership, initiatives and inspiration for the 22 bishops conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The talk will be followed by a simple lunch so for catering purposes please book a place here or contact mailto:arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866 for more information.

How Religion Affects Society by Olivia, CAFOD volunteer.

I am a Theology and Religion student from the University of Birmingham currently doing a 2-week volunteering placement with CAFOD.

I chose to do my placement with CAFOD due to the global work the charity does and my interest in how religion affects society.

During my time at CAFOD I have had many experiences. I have been involved in workshops, meetings, writing blog posts and articles, looking at the impact of social media and much more.

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Me in New York

Looking at the social media for different regions and the most popular tweets/facebook posts/ blog posts was really interesting. Social media has a huge impact in society today as we can see from many events. Therefore, by using social media to promote the charity and the campaigns and events within CAFOD is highly important. It is a great way to communicate with a wider audience and from looking at what posts were the most popular we can underline just how much religion affects society.

Taking part in the Catholic Social Teaching Workshop also demonstrated how religion affects society. Especially with the encyclicals. These are written by the Pope and tell what we should do in reaction to issues in society. For example, global warming which has serious effects on humans and the world, and so by listening to the Pope and changing our treatment of the world, we are able to see the effects of religion. A significant moment was the Second Vatican Council; this changed the attitude of the Catholic Church to being more inclusive and accepting of other religions; another example of religion affecting society.

As well as this, attending meetings for volunteers about what they can do to fundraise and help those who are less fortunate than them. I found the projects that CAFOD do such as Connect2, Powertobe and Livesimply to be highly impactful on society. These projects enable communities in the poorest countries to live their dreams.

The list is endless on how religion affects society and my time at CAFOD has deepened my knowledge and understanding of how religion does this.

Go Deeper with CAFOD!

On the 14th of June at the Holy Family Church, Lancing, a meeting was held for the public to let them know what CAFOD does. The meeting talked about the mission of CAFOD, how it helps those in need and where the money goes.

The meeting started off with an introduction of CAFOD’s visions and missions and how at the heart of the charity is Catholic social teaching. This was then followed by a statistics game where those attending had to match the statistics to statements, for example, how many children go to school without electricity.


Following this was a short ‘How to be a Millionaire’ style quiz on CAFOD, involving questions such as what does CAFOD stand for. Unfortunately, £1m was not a prize, but it did reveal the huge amount of CAFOD volunteers in the UK and much more.


Jo and Martin then talked about what volunteers do to fundraise for CAFOD and just how important this is. They also highlighted how CAFOD is worldwide and showed just how many places it helps. CAFOD works in partnership to develop poorer countries and enables them to gain the skills to develop further.


After the presentation on what CAFOD does and how important volunteering is, we were enlightened about ‘The Livesimply Parish award’ in which Parishes can work together to live simply.

Rod Thick, diocesan Livesimply Parish volunteer spoke of the variety of ways parishes can work towards this; being environmentally friendly is an important aspect, for example, installing energy efficient light bulbs or  even solar panels in your church. But the award is so much more than being environmentally friendly – a livesimply award is given when communities show they live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people in poverty.

A light lunch was provided including some home grown lettuce donated by someone whose lettuce crop had rapidly outgrown his appetite for lettuce. The meeting had a good turn out and it was great to see people interested in CAFOD’s work and to ask any questions about CAFOD. Thank you for everyone who came and if you want to attend a meeting in the future, make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated.