Campaigning with CAFOD on climate change and praying for people overseas who are vulnerable to its effects and to the devastation caused by assaults to the earth through mining, logging and other commercial exploitation as well as things like vulture funds exploiting debts in developing nations, is an act of solidarity.
There are details about CAFOD’s campaigns at https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Latest-campaigns.
At https://cafod.org.uk/encyclical you will find prayers for creation in spired by Laudato Si’:
- Praised be;
- Penitential prayer for the care of creation; and
- A prayer for our Earth.
You will also find a copy of Laudato Si on the webpage, where you can read, at paragraph 246, two prayers written by Pope Francis:
- A prayer for our earth;
- A Christian prayer in union with creation.
CONTACT YOUR MP
Please write to your MPs and ask them to urge the Prime Minister to put in place, without further delay:
- Make sure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone regardless of their income or where in the world they live.
- Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.
- Cancel all debt payments by developing countries due in 2020 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare rather than debt repayments.
- Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity and to restore our common home for future generations by taking measures which ensure we reach this country’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and preferably by 2045. This is a necessary step to keep the increase in global temperatures over pre-industrial levels to 1.5°C or less.
Catholics across England and Wales have been busy organising Creation Celebrations as part of the Our Common Home campaign. A Creation Celebration involves a creation-themed mass followed by a shared meal and a continued conversation on climate change. Although this form of celebration is not possible while socialising restrictions are in force due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to plan something for a time when the restrictions allow. In the meantime, you and your priest might be able to collaborate on introducing some features into a mass which he is sharing with parishioners through social media.
You can read about organising a Creation Celebration and get some ideas at https://cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/Creation-Celebration-tips
As an act of solidarity during the coronavirus pandemic, CAFOD is asking you to sign its petition to the Prime Minister to support our sisters and brothers overseas do not have access to healthcare systems as brilliant as the NHS. You can access the petition at https://e-activist.com/page/59334/petition/1
Many thanks to Bernard White, our campaign volunteer coordinator for writing this blog.