Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

Lent and Family Fast Day will soon be with us, but before we get into this year’s stories and this year’s work, it may be worth casting an eye back over what our support for CAFOD has achieved in the past. You may remember the walk we undertook last summer in support of the ‘Share The Journey’ campaign: a short walk, a modest contribution, perhaps, to the goal of walking the mileage around the globe – nearly 25,000 miles. Well, all the miles walked by parishes in England and Wales now add up to nearly five times that total. When we join our efforts together, so much more can be achieved. You can still add your voice via the petition on the CAFOD web-site, as the target is the UN refugee negotiations later this year.

The year before, 2017, we had the ‘Power to Be’ campaign, which urged the UK government to press the World Bank to give greater support for access for renewables for poorer people. And, at the end of that year, the World Bank took a big step in that direction by announcing it would cease support for oil and gas after 2019.

There are more examples of the positive results from earlier years’ efforts on the ‘campaigning works’ page of the web-site, right back to Jubilee 2000. There are also many different stories of the help that our money can bring to many communities around the world, and we’ll no doubt come back to that at Fast Day.