With the General Election fast approaching,CAFOD and the St Vincentde Paul Society (SVP) have produced resources to help parishes to reach out to local candidates to find out more about their views on some of the issues that we, as people of faith, care about.

We have a responsibility as Catholics to make sure political parties commit to taking action to tackle poverty and injustice. Raising our voices and contacting parliamentary candidates as a parish community will send a strong signal to those standing for election in our local constituencies.

There is a guide which suggests three main ways to engage with candidates: contacting them by email as a parish group, by attending a hustings and by being ready to ask questions if candidates knock on your door.

There are eight suggested issues to raise, in terms of their impact on vulnerable and marginalised people, including the cost of living crisis, the global food system, climate change and migration.

This is not about political affiliations, but rather about strengthening community participation as a local faith group and practising the culture of encounter that Pope Francis talks about. 

 

There’s not much time! The more of us raise these issues, the more that the voices and experiences of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters will be heard.  For resources and more information see cafod.org.uk/encounter and svp.org.uk/encounter