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

We have just received a short briefing note from CAFOD on the general election, called ‘Our Common Future’, echoing the title of their current campaign ‘Our Common Home’. It starts off by saying that we, as Catholics, should be looking to get involved in the election: Pope Francis reminds us that we have a shared responsibility for our neighbours and the world. Together we can fight the climate crisis and restore our common home. And we can stand up for an outward-looking society and a kinder politics. During this campaign, we can ensure that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor are heard. We can do this by raising questions with our candidates about, for instance:

  • Global poverty and aid;
  • The climate crisis;
  • Britain’s role in the world; and
  • Poverty in this country.

How do we do this? We can ask them in person, if they or their canvassers come knocking; we can send them an email or letter; we can turn up at a hustings; we can use social media, sending them a question via twitter; or we can ask through the media, by an open letter in the local paper. You can check on the electoral commission web-site (electoralcommission.org.uk) to find out who the candidates are and the best way to contact them. You don’t have to be an expert! Simply by asking a question on one of these issues, you will make them realise that you expect them to stand up for the common good. If you’d any more detail or suggested questions, let me know and, if you do put a question to any of them, please let me know, together with their response. Thank you!