The Bishop of Salford is to visit Sheffield to speak to local people about his experiences of poverty and development.
The talk, entitled “Poverty or Simplicity? Survival or development?” is taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday May 18 at Our Lady and St Thomas Church in Sheffield, and will be hosted by Bishop John Arnold, who visited the Central American countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador in November 2016.
El Salvador was badly affected by a civil war which lasted over a decade from 1980 until 1992.
Bishop John, who is chair of the Catholic aid agency CAFOD, will share his thoughts from his ten-day trip to Central America where he saw for himself some of the important work the charity does with communities in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
He said: “Many young men in El Salvador were “pressed” into the army.
“The area has suffered in recent years by the increasing control of gangs.”
The Bishop of Salford continued: “For some years I have had meetings in one of the conference rooms at CAFOD’s Romero House where there is a lovely picture on the wall of a beautiful and smiling family – presumably from Central America.
“On the trip I met them! We stopped to talk to a driver who had come to give directions and I thought ‘I recognise you!’
“I asked and it was confirmed that he, Fidel Ramos, and his family were in the photograph in London.”
The talk is part of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme which links communities in England & Wales with people in Brazil, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Cambodia and Peru.
Connect2 is built on CAFOD’s values of solidarity and partnership, where parishes in the UK are able to stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.