Parishioners in North Wales share Brazilian families’ joy after campaign success

Thanks to the support of parishioners from across the Diocese of Wrexham who were amongst the 4,000 people to support a CAFOD petition, over 1,000 people in São Paulo will spend this Christmas safe in the knowledge that they no longer face eviction from their home.

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#FicaMauá – Let them stay

In September 2017, CAFOD launched a campaign to halt the eviction of around 1,000 people living in the abandoned hotel in the centre of São Paulo, Brazil.

The Mauá Building in the centre of São Paulo stood empty for 17 years until 2007, when 237 working families moved in.  They lovingly renovated the building and for the last ten years have called it home.  The building has been home to a thriving community, providing a social use and revitalising an otherwise derelict area in the city centre.

Ever since they moved in, the families have been trying to win the legal rights to their home, which Brazilian law allows, asking that the authorities acquire the building and convert it into social housing for low-income families.

In a landmark case, after ongoing campaigning by the families, public authorities have agreed to purchase the building for around £4.6 million (20 million reais), allowing for it to be converted into social housing.

Your actions helped to bring about change

It is thanks to your support that the fear and uncertainty of losing their homes is no longer a reality for the families living in the Mauá community.

Neti de Araújo’s, a leader in the Mauá community, said:  “I want to thank each and every one of you for your support. I am very happy knowing there are people like you, our friends and companions.

“After so much struggle and sacrifice, ten years of ups and downs, it is finally feasible; we have persuaded the owners of the need for families to live here. The struggle will continue! Thank you!”

CAFOD representative in Wrexham, Colette Byrne, added: “The way that parishioners from Wrexham have rallied together to prevent this injustice, where over 1,000 people were threatened with being left on the streets this Christmas, has been astounding.

“We are so thankful that so many people in the diocese have acted: spreading the word, signing the petition and even standing in solidarity with the community by photographing themselves with a #ficamaua sign.

“Your prayers and messages of solidarity have given the families strength and hope at this difficult time.”

The fight continues

CAFOD will continue to support stand in solidarity and pray for the families in their struggle for a safe and permanent home.

Find out more about how you can directly support families in Brazil

 

CAFOD’s World Gifts Are Back!

CAFOD’s World Gifts are back again this Christmas, but what are “World Gifts”?

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“World Gifts are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of poor communities and families in developing countries.”

World Gifts make a real and long lasting difference to the communities which receive them, such as Sindhupalchowk District in Nepal, where the 2015 earthquake meant that 89 per cent of school classrooms were destroyed or made unsafe. As well as dealing with the devastation of their homes and the loss of family members, children like Nirjala risked losing the opportunity to go to school. But thanks to supporters buying World Gifts, CAFOD are helping to rebuild 34 schools.

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There’s a variety of gifts, including “Trees for life“, “The pig that provides“, “The goat that gives” “The net that protects“, “Teach Someone to Read“, a “Community Toilet“, “Build a Greenhouse“, “Drought Resistant Crops“, a “School starter pack” or a “Birth Certificate” and much much more, with a variety of prices to suit all budgets, with free delivery on all gifts.

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You can buy your World Gift, or find out more information at worldgifts.cafod.org.uk or you can order by phone calling CAFOD World Gifts on 0808 14 000 14

New Resources For Creation Time

Today (September 1st) marks the start of Creation Time, which will run until October 4th.  CAFOD Liverpool in collaboration with the Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission have put together a resource for groups to follow with in their parishes.
It includes praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and reflections on Pope Francis’ famous 2015 letter (encyclical) Laudato Si’: on Care of our Common Home.
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The front cover of this wonderful resource

There are five independent sections, each based on the See, Judge, Act process (Pastoral Cycle) which can be taken as a course or as a series of one-off sessions of one and a half hours to follow each of the five Sundays during the season of Creation Time.
Pope Francis has asked that this Creation Time be marked with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it. The Resource is an excellent way to help parishes to do this. Also it provides good material for personal reflection if your parish is not offering anything.
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A poster to advertise your sessions

Here is a very brief outline of the resource:

Week 1. Stumbling Blocks: What does the Gospel mean when it says “for what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?”  Can it be true that less is more?

Week 2. See-Judge-Act: To whom do we need to listen? From where do we get our information? Whom should webelieve?

Week 3. Right Relationships: Who are the people and what are the situations for which we need to ask forgiveness? Debt has many forms.

Week 4. A Fairer World: Is the Pope calling us to a different relationship with the world? What sort of consumers should we be?

Week 5. A Call to Action: Will good intentions be enough to save the world? As an issue requiring different responses in the future, what are the hidden realities of using plastic in the world? Are we prepared to get involved in change for the better?

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Download the resource by clicking here 
Please email Ged Edwards: gedwards@cafod.org.uk or Steve Atherton: s.atherton@rcaol.co.uk or ring 0151 522 1080  for more information.