Thirty campaigners from CAFOD were invited to join the delegation to the UN climate summit in 2018, where world leaders met to agree how the goals of the Paris Agreement could be pushed forward and limit emissions to 1.5 degrees.
The CAFOD delegates, travelled by coach from 5-11 December to Katowice and Krakow in Poland, where the climate talks were held. This was an opportunity to learn about the decision-making process, hear from other campaigners across Europe on living sustainably and campaigning on climate change, reflect on partner stories and bear witness with others for change.
“Let us be protectors of creation” POPE FRANCIS
We are very proud that Hannah Jordan from our Diocese of Arundel and Brighton represented us and here is a reflection of her experience.
‘My experience in Poland was a massive eye opener for both my faith and activism towards climate change. ‘The March’ united thousands of nationalities, all determined to achieve our common goal of climate justice. Being in Poland with CAFOD has motivated me to spread awareness of the real effects of climate change on people’s lives and what we can do to help them through our faith.’
We thank Hannah for sharing her reflection and feel sure that others will be motivated by her experience.
During November, the month of remembrance, we take time to pray for those who have died and give thanks for loved ones who have made a deep and lasting impression on our lives.
Over the years, CAFOD has been blessed to work alongside the kindest and most committed friends any charity could hope for. The insight, faith and strength of our founders and early supporters still shape our values and way of working today.
But one of the saddest aspects of growing older, as individuals and as an organisation, is that some of our closest friends have passed away in recent months and years. In our own diocese, we have lost a number of friends who have played an inspirational and important role in our work.
Do consider joining us for the Arundel and Brighton Memorial Mass. See details below.
If you would like a loved one’s name to be added to our Book of Remembrance, click here.
Our Lady Immaculate & St Philip’s in Uckfield and St John the Evangelist Heron’s Ghyll gathered for their Share the Journey walk in June. A good crowd gathered in support of the campaign which calls on Theresa May to ensure that global agreements on refugees and migrants uphold the dignity and rights of people on the move.
People set off from church after a blessing by Fr Ian Vane and made their way to the Victoria Pleasure Grounds where the walk started. Eighteen people and a dog took part in the short and pleasant walk. During the walk people reflected on the stories of real refugees from around the world and prayed for people on the move.
We had initially hoped to walk once around the world in solidarity – 24,000 miles, but so far we have walked almost 100,000 miles – over 4 times round the world! See our totaliser to find the latest figure. The parish also signed our petition to Theresa May asking her to ensure that the upcoming global agreements on refugees and migrants uphold their rights and dignity (see below). Our thanks go to the parish and volunteers of Uckfield and Heron’s Ghyll and all those who have taken part in our campaign.
If you haven’t been involved yet, it’s not too late. This could be by organising a simple walk for your community, going for a walk yourself or signing our petition. See our Share the Journey Webpage for more information.