All are welcome to join a webinar which will discuss forced sterilisation in Peru on Friday June 23.
CAFOD works with partners in Peru
At 1pm, Esperanza Huayama, President of the Association of Forcibly Sterilised Women from the Huancabamba region in Peru, will speak on the work for justice and reparation.
Between 1996 and 1998, 200,000 women and 30,000 men were forcibly sterilised, many without consent or understanding of what the procedure meant for their fertility.
Our partner Peru Support Group and the University of Kent are supporting Esperanza raise awareness in the UK about forced sterilisation.
To register for the webinar, follow this link.
As Christians, living the 21st century,
how do we care for the earth?
How do we live more simply so that others may simply live?
How do we show our solidarity with poor people both at home and across the world?
Many of us are not sure where to start – the questions just seem too difficult for an individual or family to take on.
To find out more about what you can do personally and as part of a parish or church community then come along to our family-oriented, interactive workshop on Saturday 24th June, 10.15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St.Bendict’s parish centre, St.Benedict’s, Aberford Road, Garforth, LS25 1PX.
The Live Simply Award scheme, managed by CAFOD, provides wonderful opportunities for both individuals and parish communities to reflect more deeply about their faith, and particularly how they care for the earth and care for the poor. It calls people to both personal action and parish action to put their faith into practise.
You don’t have to sign up to the award scheme to come along! – Just come along if you want to find out what you individually and your church or parish community can do to help build a better world where we live more in harmony with our environment and live in solidarity with poor people.
Janet Royan, Parish Contact at St. Mary Magdalene in Maltby, tells us how the parish spent time reflecting on the plight of refugees.
Messages of hope for refugees (photo courtesy of Geoff Spark).
“To make Lent special this year, our CAFOD group organised a pilgrimage around the church in solidarity with refugees. Over two consecutive Sunday afternoons, we used a liturgy put together by the Jesuit Refugee Service, CAFOD and CSAN – and very moving it was too.
We were fortunate to be able to use one of our diocesan Lampedusa crosses, made by a Sicilian carpenter using wreckage from boats crammed with refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean which did not make it to land. This was our focus.
The pilgrimage finished with an opportunity to write messages of hope, support and love to refugees already in this country. The photo shows how we displayed our messages in the church.”
If you’re inspired to take action on the refugee crisis too, CAFOD has a range of resources which can help, along with details of how we and our partners are responding.