CAFOD Hallam Young Leaders at Flame2


So how do you communicate Pope Francis’ encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium, to around 8,000 Catholic young people and their group leaders?
Flame 2, the CYMFed national youth congress held at Wembley on Saturday 7th March, aimed to do just that – to inspire young people with the joy of the Gospel and to go out and share it.

Those present were blessed first of all by the keynote talk from Cardinal Tagle – what an inspiration! His message to everyone was “be the living sign of the joy of the Gospel of mercy”. Throughout the day we saw so much evidence of that joy and mercy. Pope Francis sent his own personal message. Matt Redman inspired us with his personal testimony and beautiful music. We watched some inspirational dance on the Beatitudes. Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, David Wells and Baroness Sheila Hollins all spoke about how much young people are valued. According to Bernie, one of this year’s CAFOD gappers, the messages confirmed an unconditional love between young people, the church and the joy shared with each other.

Flame2 Hallam’s Young Leaders meeting Cardinal Tagle

During lunch, 35 CAFOD young leaders, including 9 young people from the Hallam Diocese, volunteered as ‘Flame-makers’! Through a fun ‘chatterbox’ challenge, 100s and 100s of those present tweeted, Instagrammed, Facebooked, sang and danced about CAFOD, raising awareness of our One Climate, One World campaign.






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CAFOD is an aid and development agency dedicated to improving the lives of the poorest in our world. In the UK we work to educate people about the causes of poverty, inspire them to campaign to address issues of social justice and inequality, and support them in fundraising activities. Overseas we work with local partners in 40 countries in South America, Africa and Asia to deliver long-term development projects and emergency aid. CAFOD's headquarters are in London and CAFOD Hallam is the local office for Sheffield and the surrounding area.

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