CAFOD Campaign – ‘Reclaim our Common Home’
This year the eyes of the world are on the UK as we will host two major international meetings: the G7 summit in June and the UN climate talks in November. Decisions taken at these meetings have the potential to impact the lives of millions of people across the world.
It is vital that politicians at these meetings put the poorest communities at the heart of the decisions they make so that the world can rebuild from the pandemic in a way that addresses global poverty and climate change. As citizens of the host nation, we have a vital role to play in ensuring that the Prime Minister does not miss this opportunity.
CAFOD are asking us to support the Reclaim Our Common Home campaign by signing their online petition at www.cafod.org.uk/reclaim or by signing a petition card which can be found in each of our churches and posting it to CAFOD.
For more information about the campaign go to www.cafod.org.uk/reclaim
Pope Francis has invited Catholics and 30 Marian Shrines around the world, including the Shrine at Walsingham, to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
You can join in the daily live broadcast of the recitation of the Holy Rosary in link-ups with Marian shrines around the world, as part of the May marathon of prayer called by Pope Francis.
“Guided by Shrines around the world during this month of May, we recite the Rosary to invoke an end to the pandemic and the resumption of social and work-related activities.” Pope Francis, General Audience, 5 May 2021
Fratelli Tutti: An ecumenical Christian prayer
O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.
This ecumenical prayer for all Christians is from Pope Francis’ new encylical Fratelli Tutti, which was published on 4 October 2020.
Fratelli Tutti: a better way is possible!
In his new encyclical, Pope Francis draws on the example of his namesake, the Saint of Assisi, to inspire the people of the world to believe that even at this time of political and moral crisis, transformation can be achieved.
For further information, see the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, or The Jesuit Post.
Pope Francis signs the new encyclical in Assisi
This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.