Biggest Catholic Youth event set to light a ‘flame’ in Wembley

On 11 March, up to 10,000 Catholics will attend Flame 2017, a youth event at Wembley arena, and share stories of faith and hope from across the world.flame-poster2

Young Catholics from across the country will come together for the biggest event of its kind in the UK. The theme of the day is ’10,000 reasons to hope’ based on the song by Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Matt Redman, who will be performing at the event.


Three young leaders from Southwark diocese, who are volunteering with CAFOD, will be attending the event and running lunchtime workshops around the themes of refugees and climate change.messages

During the event, CAFOD is aiming to collect 10,000 messages of hope to send to refugees around the world. This is part of our refugee action campaign, and we have so far received over 25,000 messages from communities across England and Wales.

CAFOD youth volunteers, Leah Fox, 19, and Ryan Wilkinson, 18, will be speaking on the day about their experiences of meeting refugees in Lebanon, in hopes of inspiring the young people to act.lebanon

“I am so excited to speak at Wembley,” said Ryan, who is currently volunteering at Savio House, the Salesian retreat centre in Sheffield. “From my own personal experience, sharing messages of hope makes a massive difference and shows refugees that they are not alone.”

“During these turbulent times, it is great that so many young people will be coming together for one cause,” added Leah, who is currently training to be a primary school teacher. “I hope that by sharing my story, I will encourage young people to take further action in solidarity with refugees.”

The event, organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, will also include talks by the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Nichols, Myanmar’s first Cardinal Charles Bo, and Matt Redman.

Tickets are still available for the event which will take place on 11 March at the SSE arena in Wembley. Doors will open at 10am with the event expected to finish at 5:30pm.


Find out more on CAFOD’s website or on their Facebook page

IF Campaign event: G8 Rally

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8 world leaders. 8 June. Your chance to stop 1 in 8 people going hungry.

Join us on the 8th June and add your voice to the thousands of others campaigning as part of Enough Food for Everyone IF to show the G8 world leaders the need for urgent action to bring about  an end to Global Hunger.

The day will begin with prayer, worship and commitment to action at an ecumenical service, led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Bishop John Arnold, at 11.30am in Westminster Central Hall.

At 12.30pm, CAFOD Supporters will join together in a ‘Walk of Witness’ making our way from Westminster Central Hall to London’s Hyde Park for the main event.

Gates at the main event will open at 1pm for a 2pm start and during the afternoon, you will be able to join a vast symbolic action, enjoy live music, listen to big name speakers and experience an amazing, unforgettable atmosphere. There will be lots of activities for all ages so please bring your whole family! Sign up to the event here >>

To turn up the heat and make sure David Cameron goes to Northern Ireland with our demands ringing in his ears, we encourage you to bring along a pot or pan to use to make a huge noise for all those living in hunger around the world. To make an even bigger impact you could get together in a group to create a Big IF that you can bring along to display on the day. Download a guide to making your Big IF here>>

Please spread the word to everyone you know who may want to join us at the biggest event of the year. You can download a poster here>> to promote the event in your Church, School or group and help to make 2013 the beginning of the end of world hunger.

If you want anymore information about going to the G8 Rally, or if you want to order IF t-shirts or wrist bands, please get in contact with us at the CAFOD Southwark Office by email: or Tel: 02084 66 99 01