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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

‘Power to be’ is CAFOD’s new campaign, calling on our government and the World Bank to ensure renewable energy access for the world’s poorest people. There will be an opportunity to sign a card in support of the campaign after masses next weekend, at Holy Cross on Saturday 1st July and Christ The King on Sunday, 2nd July. These dates have been chosen to coincide with the ‘Speak Up Week of Action’ organised by the Climate Coalition, of which CAFOD is a part. The idea of the week is to contact our MP, to show them we care about climate change and to call on them to champion local, renewable energy in government departments and at the World Bank. We have invited Luke Hall, our newly re-elected MP for Thornbury and Yate, to attend our card-signing. If he attends, we’ll invite him in for a cup of tea and, over a brief chat, explain to him the aims of CAFOD’s campaign and what he can do to support it.

You can support the campaign at any stage, not just during this week. One very easy action to take is to sign the petition on the CAFOD web-site: this will go to the World Bank. Currently less than 3% of World Bank energy spending supports the kind of energy that we know tackles poverty. The petition calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank, to shift the balance to support renewable energy.

Every child has the power in them to achieve great things. But with one in six people still living without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are too often a distant dream. Each of the cards we’ll be signing shows a child or young person. Your support will help them fulfil their dreams and reach their God-given potential.













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