The importance of dreaming together – Fratelli Tutti and the work of CSAN & CAFOD

Pope Francis launched his new encyclical Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All) in October in which he writes, “We need a community that supports and helps us, in which we can help one another to keep looking ahead. How important it is to dream together…” [Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti].

On Thursday 19th November at 11am, you are invited to our online event Fratelli Tutti and the work of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) & CAFOD, where you and others can share your thoughts on how this important encyclical will affect the way we work together.

CSAN is a membership network which seeks to  develop the capacity of personal, parish, community and national action to address many forms of impoverishment and to promote social justice in England and Wales. 

Presenters on the day will include Dr Philip McCarthy, Chief Executive CSAN, Neil Thorns, Head of Advocacy Communication & Education at CAFOD, and Eileen Hayes the Volunteer Coordinator Specialist at CAFOD.

To register your place click here

Why are Rohingya refugees so vulnerable to coronavirus?

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted communities worldwide, especially those who are living in refugee camps.

The camps in Bangladesh are becoming an even more dangerous home for the many refugees who live there, and the prevention measures we have become used to in the UK will be almost impossible to practice.

Refugee families rely on help for basic daily living supplies, including clean water, soap, and washing powder, so regular handwashing and washing clothes is a challenge. The camps are very overcrowded, and shelters are makeshift, making social distancing advice impractical.

Limited food and healthcare mean also mean that some people are already unwell and will need extra help to survive the virus.

Sign up for our upcoming online talk on the Bangladesh and Rohingya Crisis here. It takes place on Thursday 12 November, 11am-12pm, please do join us and invite others who might be interested.

What is CAFOD doing to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh?

Our local experts have been providing practical help in Cox’s Bazar since the camp was set up in 2017. We are continuing to work around the clock to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees in makeshift camps receive the aid they need. So far, we have reached more than 360,000 Rohingya refugees with lifesaving help. We have been able to:

  • Provide food, kitchen supplies and blankets to over 89,000 vulnerable families
  • Install 300 solar streetlights, meaning women, children and the elderly can use water and toilet facilities at night
  • Rebuild temporary homes for 40,000 families, meaning they have somewhere to safer to shelter together

We have been able to do this because of the generous support you have given us.

For more information on how you can help click here

Remembering our loved ones on All Souls Day

This November we are holding a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day to pray for our supporters and loved ones who have died.

For most of us, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years we’ve ever experienced, and the loss of our loved ones during these difficult times may have seemed unbearably hard. The loss of my own father in May came at a time when restrictions meant that my family were not able to visit him at his nursing home in his final weeks.

In recent years our volunteers have organised for us to have some lovely diocesan memorial masses at Billericay, Brentwood and Romford. Alas, this won’t be possible this year.

And so at a time like this it’s important for us to remain a virtual community and stand together in prayer to remember those who are no longer with us. With all the restrictions still affecting our churches, we are hosting a special online Memorial Mass on All Souls Day.

View the Prayers on the theme of remembrance here

At Mass we will present a Book of Remembrance which includes names of supporters who have sadly passed away during the year.  We would be honoured to remember your loved ones in this way, so please don’t hesitate to add the names of your loved ones that you would like us to pray for.

View and add to the Book of Remembrance here

We hope you can join us in our LIVE Memorial Mass on Monday 2 November at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated by CAFOD’s Chair of Trustees, Bishop John Arnold, with music, readings and prayers from CAFOD staff and supporters.

Watch the LIVE streaming here. If you’d like more information, please contact Roisin at or call her on 020 7095 5348.