International Day of Families

15th of May is International Day of Families. We hear on the news about war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty which force millions of people from their homes. We hear statistics and data. However, these people are not numbers – they also have a story. One of the first lessons when you write a story in journalism is to try to bring the human element. To tell the story, people usually do not relate to others by seeing statistics, but by listening their stories.

Everyone has their own story with their family, we have funny, sad, happy stories. So, today we want to share with you one of million stories about a particular family. This is Khawle’s family – they traveled from their home in Syria, but not all of the family went with her. In fact, they had problems during their trip because her 11-year-old daughter was beaten so badly by armed men that she could not walk by herself for days.


Dario Mitidieri – ‘Lost Family Protraits’

When asked about this portrait of her family, Khawle says, “A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”

‘Lost Family Portraits’ is a collaboration between CAFOD, the creative agency M&C Saatchi, and photographer Dario Mitidieri. Studio-style portraits were made of families whose lives were shattered as they fled the conflict, with empty chairs symbolising the loved ones they had to leave behind. Each photograph reveals the desperate choices families were forced to make to reach safety.

“A photograph speaks of family happiness, everyone smiling together. This photograph is full of tears.”

Small actions start the change. That is why with the campaign ‘Share the journey‘ is a way to relate to those who are traveling from one place to another due war, persecution, natural disaster and poverty. So, remember that you can take action and be part of the campaign by walking and put it in the totaliser.

Together, we can make the change and stand in solidarity with refugees, migrants and people on the move.

Written by Estefanía González



Easter Greetings from CAFOD Lancaster

A very Happy and Blessed Easter to all our volunteers and supporters. Thank you for all you do to support the work of CAFOD throughout the year.

Our vision remains, ‘a world transformed to reflect the Kingdom of God’. We so value your support in helping to bring this about.

An engraving on a Catholic Church in Zimbabwe.

An engraving on a Catholic Church in Zimbabwe.

From Cross to Resurrection

All-loving and ever-living God,

you gave your servant Archbishop Oscar Romero

the courage to witness to the Gospel of Christ,

even to the point of giving his life

in the pursuit of justice.

Help us to love you,

to seek you with all our hearts,

and to rejoice in the resurrection victory,

over all oppression, of your beloved Christ,

living and reigning in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God for ever and ever.


This prayer was reproduced with the kind permission of the Romero Trust

Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” John 20:1-9

Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” John 20:1-9

Fulwood parishioners fight hunger across the world this Lent

Parishioners from Our Lady St Edwards church, Fulwood, hosted a simple soup lunch on 3 March to help communities around the world to grow crops and receive better nutrition as part of CAFOD’s Lent Appeal.

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Over fifty people attended the soup lunch which offered nine different varieties of homemade soup, and raised over £300 for the charity.  There were also stalls selling goods from Traidcraft, a raffle and members of the community selling homemade knitted goods.

Stephen Garsed, a member of the parish CAFOD Group who helped to organise the event, said: “Despite the freezing weather and biting wind, over 50 people came to what is a parish social event as well as a fundraiser. However, it is just a small part of what we do as a parish to make a better world, which is very important to us.

OLSE Lent 2018.jpg“It is great that our parish priest, Canon Horn is so supportive and encourages people who want to help. Having worked overseas, he has witnessed extreme poverty first-hand and has a great commitment to social justice”.

The CAFOD group is also very active in campaigning for a fairer world because they see that alleviating immediate poverty is just part of helping the poor and disadvantaged; the group feel we also need to deal with the root causes of poverty.

In an added boost,  all donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal, up to £5 million, will be doubled by the UK government up until 12 May – meaning every donation will make double the difference.

This Lent, CAFOD is working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

The funds raised by this year’s Lent appeal will reach an estimated 245,000 people in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Eritrea and enable communities to grow a better future by providing safe water, supporting communities to plant vegetable gardens and teaching them about good nutrition and hygiene.

CAFOD’s representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said: “The Lent appeal is such a great way of bringing people together and raising an incredible amount to help others. We’re very grateful for all of the support across

“I’m delighted that the UK government is matching donations made by parishes like Our Lady St Edwards to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.”

Donate to the Lent Appeal and make double the difference!     

Have you held a soup lunch in your school or parish? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know by emailing