To mark CAFOD's 50th Anniversary, the Pope has given them a special blessing. The blessing says:
"His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI unites himself in thanksgiving with the Trustees, Staff, Collaborators and all associated with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year, 1962-2012 and imparts the requested Apostolic Blessing praying that God may continue to bestow His gifts of Faith, Hope and Love."
CAFOD couldn’t exist without the tremendous help it has received from their volunteers and supporters over the past fifty years and what a difference you have made. When CAFOD started 6 out of 10 of the world’s people had no access to clean water. Now it’s less than 2 out of 10. By 2005, 41 million more children received primary education than they did in 1999; and the chance of a child surviving to the age of five had doubled. In 2010 thousands of families lost their homes in the Haiti Earthquake; CAFOD is helping over 150 families move into a new home every single day. None of this could have been achieved without you.
To celebrate 50 Years CAFOD in Arundel & Brighton Diocese is aiming to have 50 events across the Diocese over the course of their 50th year. They will be organizing a few events from their office based at St John's Seminary, Wonersh, but they would love supporters to run one in their Parish, school or with a group of friends. They would be delighted to help you with this and happy to advertise it. It could be a huge event like a talent show, a more modest car washing or a simple coffee and cake morning. Tell them it’s happening and they can add it to their list and if they can get a photo of the event, they will make a separate story on their blog celebrating this support.
Two events well worth attending:
One big event is the Chichester challenge on the 8th July, involving a sponsored walk, run or cycle. Why not join them for a great day out - more details and how you can get involved at www.chichester-march.org.uk/ There’s a free, (donations welcome), Pentecost retreat on the 26th of May focussed around water and food as symbols of thirsting for change and hungering for justice being hosted by Woldingham school on the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday. Places are limited so please book soon.
Let’s make CAFOD’s 50th anniversary a year to remember – and a year to remember all those in need."
Ian Hamilton - A&B CAFOD Volunteer