Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

Chris Bain, Head of CAFOD, is visiting some of the parishes in the Clifton diocese as we approach Family Fast Day, to explain more about the background to the appeal and also more about CAFOD’s work in general. Four of us from CTK took the opportunity, then, to go and hear what he had to say, and it was really interesting to get his perspective on the situation in Zimbabwe, which features in the appeal, and to hear his views on how CAFOD is faring.

Chris has spent some time in Zimbabwe and it was clear he had a good feel for the projects CAFOD is supporting there and also for the challenges many of the families and farmers there face. The levels of hunger and malnutrition in the country are high, and climate change is affecting the soil, making it more arid and reducing yields. Many of the projects include techniques to improve both the farmers’ resistance to these trends and their ability to continue to make their livelihoods from their crops. And, as so often, the hard work and resilience of the women was inspiring!

Chris stressed how important the work of parishes in this country is in supporting work such as this, saying it all depends directly on our efforts. It’s good to know, then, that there will be another opportunity this Lent to double the impact of our efforts, as our donations will once again be matched by the government.