COVID-19 Update

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CAFOD Supporters taking action against Climate Change

Thank you for your patience while we take on board the changing situation with COVID-19 and the incredibly important role you play in support of our development and humanitarian work.

Thanks to your compassion and commitment, we can reach some of the poorest and marginalised communities around the world.

Volunteer offices closed (for now) – but there are still many ways to get involved

CAFOD is following the advice issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales (CBCEW) as well as the UK government.

Following the government’s advice, we have taken the decision to cancel all face-to-face events and meetings and have closed all regional offices until at least June.

All the latest information about CAFOD’s response to COVID-19 will be on our Coronavirus Q & A and COVID-19: Information for volunteers pages.

Get in touch: All your usual local office contacts will still be available by mobile phone, email and via social media, so if you have any questions or thoughts do not hesitate to be in touch whatever your query:

Patrick Gardner        Email: pgardner@cafod.org.uk       Mobile: 07920 565 454         

Emma Nolan            Email: enolan@cafod.org.uk          Mobile: 07769 931 373

Online worship

With the Coronavirus pandemic causing masses to be cancelled, there are now lots of parishes and cathedrals offering virtual worship.

You can find out more information about local live-streamed services at The Diocese of Lancaster website.

We’ve also created a ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ session which will take place every Sunday to help families to worship in their own homes.

Online resources

If you’re looking for community, we have a CAFOD community group on Facebook. Please do join and invite others to do the same.

If you’re a parent, we have a large range of online education resources tailored specifically for primary and secondary ages, alongside worship and prayer content.

If you’re looking to learn more about CAFOD’s international work, we will be releasing a weekly timetable of online talks.

Feel-good stories

If you are a CAFOD volunteer and hear of a great story in your local parish – please let us know so we can share it on our social media channels and website.

It would be great if you would be able to email over a few sentences about what happened, along with a photo.

Prayer for the Coronavirus

Even though the volunteer centres are temporarily shut, we hope to be able to continue to offer opportunities to connect with the lives of our sisters and brothers around the world. 

Please keep an eye on our social media pages for the latest updates:

Find us on Facebook  and and Twitter at CAFOD in Lancaster.

In the meantime, we continue to pray for all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and the healthcare workers here in the UK and overseas, who are on the frontline of this crisis – and ask that you too join us in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

The right to clean water

Every human being should have access to clean and safe water, but unfortunately this isn’t reality for many people overseas.

If you’d like to learn how you can make a difference to those who have no access to clean water, then join in on our exclusive conversation with Lucy Jardine, Programme Officer Peru to hear about the impact that mining is having on the access to clean water in indigenous communities and how local communities are responding with positive signs of hope to the water crisis.

To book your place click here

How is coronavirus is affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Women from Centre Olame make masks to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Please note, the mask making activity is not funded by CAFOD, although Centre Olame is a long-standing CAFOD partner.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is still recovering from years of devastating civil war, which killed almost four million people.

Imagine living in a country where everything is imported from outside, and now, there is nothing coming in, where the markets need to open every day so people can survive and where you need to pay for your healthcare in cash.

Join us to hear more about the challenge of coronavirus in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the DRC the infrastructure has been broken down for many, many years so people have relied on Church infrastructures for a long time. In the areas controlled by rebels, we are getting reports from our Church partners that people are suffering, many of whom live in areas that are hard to access .

However, there is good news, the Church is very well organised and our Church partners are there and can reach many people. There is an understanding that we as humanitarian workers, especially we as a Church institution, have the prior experience in tackling Ebola and can bring this experience to the coronavirus pandemic.

We have repurposed some of the funding we had for long-term development to put into the coronavirus response and we are supplying food to close to 2,000 households in six communities in Kinshasa. And we plan to extend this project to further communes.

Students Assemble! The Light of the World National Assembly


Children at St Joseph’s Primary School (Hendon, London) learn about CAFOD in an assembly led by a CAFOD volunteer in 2016.

Join with students around England and Wales as we pray and reflect together in our Advent national assembly for schools.

We’re all very busy getting ready for Christmas. This year, we may not be able to do the things we usually do, like visit all our families and friends, and spend time in each other’s houses. But while we remember some of the difficult times we’ve all lived through this year, we also look forward to the coming of Jesus – the light of the world.

The assembly is on Thursday 10 December, with the primary assembly starting at 9.30am and the secondary assembly starting at 10am. In this assembly we will meet some people around the world who have spread light and hope this year, and we will reflect on what it what it means to share the light of Jesus to help make Christmas special for everyone. 

Join us and tune in by clicking HERE.