Bishop John Delivers Inspiring Sheffield Talk

The Bishop of Salford visited Sheffield to deliver an inspiring speech about his experiences of poverty and development.  

Bishop John arnold

Bishop John Arnold

The talk, entitled “Poverty or Simplicity? Survival or development?” was 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.

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St. Mary Magdalene pray for refugees

Janet Royan, Parish Contact at St. Mary Magdalene in Maltby, tells us how the parish spent time reflecting on the plight of refugees.

St. Mary Magdalene Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

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.

A fish the size of your thumb…

…in Florence’s hands became something BIG!


Hear how Florence has transformed her life and those of her nieghbours.

If you’d like to know more about our focus for this year’s Lenten Fast Day, come along to our supporter event on Saturday 4th March. It begins with Mass at 12 noon, followed by a soup lunch at 1 p.m. and then a briefing at 2 p.m., where you can hear all about Florence’s remarkable story.

It’s being held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Northfield Lane, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 2HF. If you’d like to book a place, please email us ( or phone 0114 268 7817 to leave a message. Booking is not essential but will help us with the catering.

We look forward to seeing you there.