What does it mean to be a Catholic in England and Wales today?  What does it mean to put our faith into action?
Here are 3 short films celebrating the life of the Catholic Community in England and Wales today, these were originally produced for the Hyde Park Papal Vigil in September 2010. They are great to watch on your own, or for use in parishes, schools, youth centres or organisations.

1. The Heart that Sees
Who are the catholic community today? Voxpops from around the country on what it means to be a catholic:

2. The Heart that Serves
Focuses on the importance of putting our faith into action and what it means to “serve” at a local level:

3. The Heart that Seeks Justice
Unpacking what justice means and how as Catholics we can and should be involved in working for justice:


4. Your Kingdom Come
A short film showing how faith and action can change the world:

5. 50 Years 50 faces: sexual violence in DRC
Video clip about CAFOD’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo: CAFOD funds eight Listening Rooms where sexually abused women receive counselling and spend time together learning a trade. This has helped over 12,000 women get back on their feet physically and mentally:


Catherine (in the pink jacket) with other young CAFOD Supporters

Catherine Mitchell writes about her experiences during the Pope’s Visit to England:-

“Last weekend I was lucky enough to be part of a group representing CAFOD’s young supporters at the Papal Visit events in London. The events began on the Friday (September 17th) when we spent time at the shiny new eco-friendly CAFOD offices getting to know one another and learning about the ways in which CAFOD works. A Skype call with three of the partners in The Philippines was particularly exciting and a very special experience. At the end of the day we shared a meal and then headed to our accommodation for the night, a very lovely Youth Hostel near Hyde Park. 

On Saturday 18th (following a six o’clock start!) we made our way to Westminster Cathedral for morning Mass. As representatives for CAFOD we were able to sit inside the Piazza alongside young representatives from other Dioceses around the country. Watching the service on the big screen was fantastic and the already buzzing atmosphere reached a peak as the Pope, at the end of the service, came outside to bless all the young people in the Piazza.

The evening programme in Hyde Park was just as brilliant, with a huge variety of different acts to keep the crowds entertained until the evening Prayer Vigil. Sitting in Hyde Park on a perfect summer’s evening was truly fantastic as we pondered and prayed together and I most definitely felt part of something very special. So thank you, CAFOD, for giving me the opportunity to be part of something as momentous as this weekend proved to be !”


Christine, Jim, Angela & Lynda at Westminster Abbey

CAFOD was offered some tickets by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland to take part in the Ecumenical Service in Westminster Abbey on Friday September 17th during the visit of Pope Benedict.  Our photograph shows Linda from the CAFOD diocesan office in Portsmouth, Angela from the Hallam office and Christine and Jim from the Southwark Office.  Anne-Marie from our CAFOD Salford office was also there, but sitting in a different part of the Abbey.  It was a beautiful service and we felt very privileged to witness the relaxed and spiritual way that both Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict led us through the Service.  Thank goodness Linda remembered to bring a camera !