So how do you communicate Pope Francis’ encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium, to around 8,000 Catholic young people and their group leaders?

Flame 2, the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation national youth congress held at Wembley on Saturday, 7 March, aimed to do just that – to inspire young people with the joy of the Gospel and to go out and share it.

CAFOD Hallam's Young Leaders meeting Cardinal Tagle

CAFOD Hallam’s Young Leaders meeting Cardinal Tagle

Those present were blessed first of all by the keynote talk from Cardinal Tagle – what an inspiration!  His message to everyone was “be the living sign of the joy of the Gospel of mercy”.  Throughout the day we saw so much evidence of that joy and mercy.  Pope Francis sent his own personal message.  Matt Redman inspired us with his personal testimony and beautiful music.  We watched some inspirational dance on the Beatitudes.  Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, David Wells and Baroness Sheila Hollins all spoke about how much young people are valued.  According to Bernie, one of this year’s CAFOD gappers, the messages confirmed an unconditional love between young people, the Church and the joy shared with each other.

CAFOD Hallam’s Molly helping deliver the lunchtime activity

CAFOD Hallam’s Molly helping deliver the lunchtime activity

During lunch, 35 CAFOD young leaders, including 9 young people from the Hallam Diocese, volunteered as ‘Flame-makers’!  Through a fun ‘chatterbox’ challenge, 100s and 100s of those present tweeted, Instagrammed, Facebooked, sang and danced about CAFOD, raising awareness of our ‘One Climate, One World’ campaign.







CAFOD Hallam’s Upcoming Events

The CAFOD and Christian Aid May Day Trek is a fun way to fundraise for our vital work overseas.  The sponsored walk will take place on Monday, 4 May starting off from St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor.  The event offers 3 spectacular walks past Redmires Reservoir and beyond to Mayfield Valley, Fox House, Longshaw, Grindleford to Hathersage, Stanage Edge, depending on which of the 3 routes you choose to sign up to.

Routes in detail and maps can be downloaded from www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk and registration takes place on line or by telephoning the CAFOD office on 0114 2687817.

CAFOD and Christian Aid are committed to the eradication of poverty.  CAFOD works to reduce poverty and to enhance dignity, because despite their best efforts millions of people in poor countries continue to struggle to make a life for themselves and their families, and many lack the most basic needs.  Please join us in solidarity with our partners.


Climate Coalition Lobby at Westminster – Wednesday, 17 June

Climate change affects all of us – and the people and things we love.  On 17 June, you’re invited to Parliament for a day of action, solidarity and celebration of all the things we love.

It’s the first chance to talk with our newly-elected MPs after May’s general election and before crucial international climate negotiations in December, 2015.

Together we can show our new government, whoever they may be, how much we care that climate change is pushing people deeper into poverty.  Please join us – and the whole The Climate Coalition – for a day to remember.

Coach travel will be available from the Hallam Diocese.  If you are interested in coming along please email: hallam@cafod.org.uk or telephone 0114 268 7817.