Journey to Justice – A CAFOD Retreat

Jenny Seymour is a volunteer for CAFOD Hallam

In the current political climate it is easy to feel exasperated by the world we live in and the impact current decisions may have on our children and also the wider world.

As catholics who believe in God’s creation, and here at CAFOD, we strive for a more just world that everyone can enjoy:  where everyone has access to the same human rights.  The word that underpins all of this is “justice” for all.

100 years after the birth of Oscar Romero (who was beatified in 2015), a continuing inspiration to CAFOD, CAFOD are running a number of retreats across England and Wales this autumn.  These retreats, A Journey to Justice, give those who attend the opportunity to reflect on their own journey, be inspired and enriched by stories of those who continue to speak out for justice today and follow in the footsteps of the great Oscar Romero.  An opportunity to take time out to reflect in a busy world!

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The day long retreats are FREE, but donations are always accepted of course.

To find your nearest retreat and register, please click on the green “register” button that you will find when you click on this link.

Laudato Si’; how the Pope’s encyclical has changed the world

It has been a year since Pope Francis published his encyclical, entitled “Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.” His theological message, written with hope and resolve, brought Catholics together to call to dialogue and look at how the earth is being mistreated. His letter asking us to care for God’s creation has become a crucial dimension of Catholic Social Teaching and has instigated global activity to combat climate change.

His letter’s greatest impact, on the international scene, came at the Paris climate talks in December 2015.  Many Catholics joined other Christians on pilgrimages to Paris ahead of the talks to put pressure on leaders of the nations in attendance.

MarchingCAFOD supporter Georgia White from Leicester travelled to the Paris with 20 other CAFOD supporters and staff. She notes how, “it was important that our delegation attended the conference so that we could pray and campaign for those who are most affected by climate change.  It was also an opportunity to play an active part in witnessing the church’s commitment to social justice.”

She agrees that, “The Papal Encyclical is a worldwide wake-up call that helps humanity to understand the destruction that we are causing to the environment. Above all else, it is a challenge, to believers and non-believers alike, to do something in the face of climate change.”

On a diocesan level, many parishes and schools have undertaken their own encyclical implementation efforts. In the Hallam diocese, parishes have been going greener to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.”

Find out how your parish can become greener.

CAFOD representative in Hallam, Anne Prior, said: “It’s good to know the Pope sees the world the same way that we do. I’m inspired by the way he shows us the links between people and the environment from both a physical and spiritual perspective. We are so grateful for all that parishes and schools are doing to put the Pope’s message into action.”

Continue reading about the Laudato Si’. 

Written by CAFOD’s Katherine Binns