CAFOD has hailed 2022 as ‘a year of real change’-and thanked supporters for making a ‘genuine difference.’
“For so many across the world, 2022 has been one of the most difficult years in recent memory, “CAFOD said. “Catholics across England and Wales have continued to make their voices as loud as ever to call for a better, fairer world.”
The Catholic charity pinpointed the support for those affected by the Ukraine war and the campaign against the climate crisis as signs of a ‘positive genuine difference.’
As the Ukraine war began in February, CAFOD called on the Government to take action.
“We asked our supporters to call on the Foreign and Home Secretary to push for peace in Ukraine and support those fleeing the conflict,” the charity said.
“Within a month, more than 3,000 Catholics sent a message, joining calls from all parts of society for the UK to step up. Since that date, more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK.”
The campaign outside the climate crisis was dominated by the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt in November. CAFOD explained how their members mobilised themselves to ‘demand action.’
“Ahead of world leaders and negotiators arriving in Sharm El-Sheikh, CAFOD supporters sent emails in their thousands to Rishi Sunak, calling him on to deliver the promises made at COP26, and to make sure those most affected by our changing climate were at the heart of talks,” CAFOD said.
“To reinforce the point, CAFOD supporters joined marches taking place across the UK from London to Cardiff to Newcastle to demand action as negotiations hit their mid point.”
Their efforts were rewarded when, in the summit’s final hours, it was finally announced that a historic ‘loss and damage fund’ was established to help nations suffering the worst climate disasters.
Ahead of the G7 summit in June, thousands of Catholics in England, Wales and Scotland signed a petition organised by CAFOD and SCIAF which urged the Prime Minister to push for a global vaccine roll-out.
Other highlights included the popularity of the LiveSimply Award and the Walk against hunger. The LiveSimply Award was recently commended at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Many bishops are encouraging schools and parishes to sign up to the award ‘as a sign of solidarity with the poor and a desire to live in harmony with God’s creation.’
Walk Against Hunger was a hugely popular Lenten challenge which encouraged people to undertake 200 km of walking across the 40 days of Lent to help raise funds and end malnutrition.
“2022 was a year of real change. Together, we stood alongside our sisters and brothers around the world and made a genuine positive difference,” CAFOD said.