What motivated Romero? “Friendship”, said a little boy on the back row. Last Friday 16 March, CAFOD helped launched a week of Romero anniversary events across the UK, starting at Birmingham cathedral.
About 150 people attended a beautiful Mass, followed by a talk, video and discussion about Archbishop Romero’s contribution to the Church’s mission of peace and justice.
“Please tell the people of El Salvador never to give up their struggle for justice”, said a man in a wheelchair. A lady added, “Do you know if people there pray for us? We need their prayers too”.
These messages will be shared at Romero events in El Salvador during the coming week, expressing our solidarity with those who continue Romero’s work for justice there.
Friday 16th March 2012, 7pm, St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham hosts the third annual Birmingham Diocesan Mass in celebration of Oscar Romero, celebrated by The Right Reverend William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham. There will be the opportunity to view a display celebrating 50 years of CAFOD at the back of the Cathedral. Mass will be followed by a short talk by Sarah Smith-Pearse, from CAFOD’s Latin America team and refreshments in the Grimshaw Room.
For any further details contact the Birmingham CAFOD office: 01922 722944 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Armstrong from Just Youth in Salford
Last month, the Just Youth outreach team and I took our favourite CAFOD resources out on the road to a fantastic mission week at St Patrick’s RC High School and Arts College in Eccles, Manchester.
For an entire week, the Just Youth team took over St. Patrick’s with the aim of raising awareness of global issues. The overall theme for the week was “Let the wastelands flourish”.
About the author: Amy Armstrong is the first CAFOD “Gapper” at Just Youth in Salford where she promotes social justice issues and CAFOD’s work in the context of chaplaincy and missions in Greater Manchester. To find out more about our Step into the Gap programme visit us at www.cafod.org.uk/stepintothegap.
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We saw each year group on separate days. Each group had a specific theme and a role model who we focussed on. After a year group assembly, the young people were split into activity groups.
As we begin to mark our 50th anniversary year at CAFOD, it is a time to reflect on what we have achieved, and how we have fulfilled our mission, both as an organisation and as individuals. In that spirit of reflection, we are asking all staff, volunteers, supporters and other friends of CAFOD to look back over their lives and recall the moment when they were first drawn into the fight against poverty and injustice.
Archbishop of San Salvador and human rights campaigner Oscar Romero (b.1917, murdered March 1980). During the 1980s, El Salvador was ravaged by civil war which in 1992 was ended with a United Nations-brokered peace agreement. c Equipo Maiz
For many of us, it was a news broadcast, a photo, a speech or an inspirational person. For some, it was a film, book or a story from the Bible. And for others, it was the personal experience of taking a trip abroad or seeing the kindness of others first hand. The events, experiences and people which have inspired us are as diverse as we are, but we can recognise in each others’ testimonies common bonds: the awakening of compassion for others; and the discovery of a world outside our own.
So please share with us your stories, and let us share them with the wider community of CAFOD supporters and partners throughout the world. Whatever age we are, whatever background we come from, and however different our stories are, we are united by our fire for justice. So let us share that fire, and celebrate our unity. To tell us what lit your flame, please email: email@example.com or leave your own story as a comment below.
It’s been over a week since I returned from Madrid, and I’m still processing exactly what it was that I experienced out in Spain. The entire trip was such an energetic collection of encounters which started off in a small Church in Toledo and culminated in a gigantic open-air Mass on an airfield in Madrid. I was given the opportunity to try traditional foods, learn the Spanish lingo and meet people from particularly obscure countries many of us had never heard of before.
We met people from 46 countries
After setting myself the challenge of spotting CAFOD partner nations, out of the 40 possible, I only managed to meet people from nine of the partner countries – Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria and the Philippines – although I did meet people from a further 36 countries in total. My favourite had to be El Salvador, the nation whose national hero is a CAFOD icon and a strong inspiration of mine for speaking out about civil violence within the country which lead to his assassination in 1980.
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