CAFOD Volunteer and Sudbury Parishioner heads to Poland to call for action on climate change

A Parishioner from St George’s Parish in Sudbury and CAFOD campaigner volunteer is heading to Poland in December to join thousands of people calling for world leaders to take action on climate change at a major UN conference.

Keith Routledge, who is a volunteer for the Catholic development charity CAFOD, will travel to Katowice, Poland, from the 5-11 December for the 24th Conference of the Parties – known as COP24.

CAFOD Campaign World Hunger COP24
CAFOD Campaign Volunteer Keith during previous CAFOD Campaign combating World Hunger

Passionate about tackling climate change, Keith is making the trip to call on 200 UN member states to ensure the full implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.  Campaigners are hoping that member governments will show greater ambition in restricting global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees and take action to have net zero emissions by 2050.

Keith will join campaigners from across Europe to share ideas for bringing about action back home in London to live more simply and sustainably. 

Keith, who supports renewable projects through his background as an engineer, said: “Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humanity.  Unfettered anthropogenic climate change is already beginning to take effect. If we do not act decisively now, we are facing human suffering on a global scale.”

CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy, Neil Thorns, said: “It is great that Keith is able to travel to COP24 in Katowice to represent Catholics in the Westminster diocese.  COP24 represents an opportunity for CAFOD alongside its partners and sister organisations to ramp up the pressure on national governments to follow through on the commitments they made as part of Paris Agreement in 2015.

“The historic agreement that so many of CAFOD’s supporters, like Keith, pressed to be signed has now been ratified by 183 of the 197 Parties to the Convention.  However, as the recent IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels so clearly illustrates, the current global ambitions are not going to prevent this global temperature rise. 

Keith with CAFOD group with Cardinal Vincent during the CAFOD World Hunger campaign

“This is why CAFOD will push for greater ambitions to be set and an agreed framework that ensures immediate and effective action on climate change at the national level at the upcoming COP, highlighting the need to keep to 1.5, particularly for the poorest and most marginalised people.”

Catholics in England and Wales have shown a widespread response to Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Si’, which calls on us to care for our common home by pledging to live more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with poor communities.

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You are invited to a Retreat with CAFOD this Autumn


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Lessons from Gaudete et Exsultate

Have you ever felt a conflict between living out your faith and the pressure of living a busy, modern life? Have you ever thought about what it means to be ‘holy’, to live more simply and in deeper contemplation?

Pope Francis offers some ideas in his new letter, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). He encourages us to open our eyes, ears and Togetherhearts, to be unsettled by the words of the Gospel and expand our often limited horizons.

This Autumn, you are invited to take time out of your everyday life to explore Scripture and Church teaching together and be inspired by one another and CAFOD’s campaigning and work overseas. The relief and development aid that CAFOD is able to offer, to countless people around the world, on a daily basis is made possible mostly by the efforts of it’s supportPopeAbroaders and volunteers.  That task can appear exhausting and daunting at times. So take this opportunity to enrich your faith and charge up your batteries. Let’s make sure CAFOD delivers for everyone.

The retreats are free of charge and all are welcome. We’d especially like to welcome you if you’re leading campaigns in your parish.

Please join us for the Westminster retreat, at CAFOD either

on Saturday 1st December from 10-4pm, at the Westminster Volunteer Centre, which is above the Church of Christ the King in  Oakwood


On Saturday 24th November at the CAFOD offices, Romero HouseEventbriteLogo.

Book your place here on the Eventbrite website.

Directions: …………………..

LocationMapRomero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JB

I wouldn’t recommend driving. The tube is probably the fastest way as Romero House is only a few minutes walk from Lambeth North Underground Station and not much further from Waterloo Main Line Terminus. Click the map for the exact location.

OakwoodMapThe Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, N14 4HE.

Christ the King is easy to get to. Take the Piccadilly line underground train to Oakwood Station and either walk from there or get a 307 bus towards Barnet Hospital. The bus runs past the door. Click on the map for an enlarged version.


Papal Blessing given for over 30 years of Volunteering for CAFOD

blessingMary Tempany has received a Papal Blessing, given in Thanks for her CAFOD volunteer activities. For over 30 years, Mary has dedicated her time to helping tcertificatehe most deprived people in the world through her work as part of the CAFOD Holy Family Friday Group, in Welwyn Garden City. They have raised almost £100,000 for CAFOD since they formed in the 1970’s.


Mary’s Parish Priest Fr. NoThreeDaughtersrbert Fernandes was joined by three members of the CAFOD group Bridie Nash, Sandy Leys, and Linda Finn and Mary’s three daughters. Fr. Norbert led a short communion service before Tony Sheen, our Community Participation Organiser, presented Mary with the Papal blessing certificate.

Unfortunately Mary is in I’ll health but our prayers are with her. She was delighted to receive this special blessing from Pope Francis, particularly well earned.