Harriet represents CAFOD North Wales at environmental conference attended by Pope Francis

Harriet Rees prepares for her visit to Portugal to meet Pope Francis

Harriet Rees prepares for her visit to Portugal to meet Pope Francis

A Flint volunteer is travelling to a sustainability summer camp in Portugal where she will meet Pope Francis and help create shifts to more sustainable lifestyles.

From 9-14 May, Harriet Rees, 20, a Geography student from Flint, North Wales, will travel to Fatima, Portugal with CAFOD to attend a workshop, inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental letter, Laudato Si’.

The three-day international workshop will include sessions on how to better live together, farm work, a ’walk for change’ around Fatima and a mass led by Pope Francis.

Harriet was inspired to apply to attend the conference after studying climate change as part of her degree. “After studying the topic in my degree, I realised there is a need for change, urgently,” said Harriet.

“My religion helps me to understand the impacts of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable communities and urges me to help.”

The event will be attended by over 100 youth representatives aged 18-30, from Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Canada, France and Portugal.

“In Portugal, I am really looking forward to the Papal Mass, being educated on sustainable living and meeting other young people who are passionate about the climate. I want to encourage the other people there to take action, and share that each individual person’s actions contribute to combating climate change.”

Following the workshop, the delegates hope that their experience will allow them to raise awareness about climate change, sustainable living and share how local communities can make a difference.

When returning from the workshop Harriet hopes to: “educate others within my community on the importance of living sustainably, and how to do so. I also hope to meet my local MP and find out what is being done about climate change in my local community.”

This experience will be followed by a similar camp, held in Belgium in July where further CAFOD representatives will be present.

Find out more at: cafod.org.uk/campaign

Connect with CAFOD’s work online this Harvest Fast Day


Nicanora and her family in Bolivia

Volunteers in the Diocese of Wrexham live thousands of miles from Bolivia. This Harvest Fast Day, you have the chance to experience Bolivia from your own home!

On 7th October you are invited to join CAFOD online for your chance to hear from Nikki Evans, Programme Officer for Bolivia. You can find out about CAFOD’s work in Bolivia, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about our projects and the communities we work with.

Joining an online talk is easy. Simply choose from the lunchtime and evening talks and register using your email address.  Continue reading

Growing Success in Mold!

CAFOD Supporters at plant sale in Mold

John with CAFOD supporters Freeda Jones, Stephen Standring, one of our Altar-servers and Joe Kaye

St David’s Parish in Mold has seen Tina and John Harradine pull out all the stops and put on a CAFOD plant sale once again. Over three weekends they raised nearly £400.

The plant sale is an annual event at St David’s and is often accompanied by fruits from CAFOD Parish Volunteer, Joyce’s garden, or free refreshments to invite parishioners to hear about current campaigns and sign petitions, or raise awareness about other new developments.

A photo of John in his green house is featured in the Live simply Parish pack.  Becoming a live simply parish is a great way of combating climate change and caring for our common home as Pope Francis so eloquently asks us to do in his encyclical Laudato si.

This plant sale is a fantastic example of how to involve parishioners, care for the environment while at the same time the wellbeing of people.

Thank you so much to Tina and John, Joyce and all the great supporters of Mold Parish.

St David is often quoted to remind us to “do the little things, and do them right”.  You truly to make a huge difference in the world, home and far away.

Diolch yn fawr!