Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO



CAFOD is the official overseas aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.


CAFOD Hexham & Newcastle:

St. Bede's Presbytery
Carr House Drive
Framwellgate Moor

Telephone number: 0191 384 4847


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CAFOD Lent Appeal 2021

CAFOD’s Lent Appeal this year revolves around the crucial theme of water.

For almost a year, we have been constantly instructed to wash our hands carefully multiple times a day. For us this is a minor inconvenience, but for millions of people around the world, getting access to clean water for sanitation and drinking is a daily struggle.

One such story comes from Afar in Ethiopia, one of the hottest places on the planet, where CAFOD met Abdella and learned of his gruelling 10-hour journey to collect water for his family – every day.

I am a young man. I am wasting my life. What would I do if I had the time? I would start a small business. I want to make something of myself.

CAFOD is committed to helping people like Abdella and, with the help of supporters, we can significantly improve the lives of our global sisters and brothers through the provision of such things as solar-powered water pumps and the training required to service this technology.

Bishop Robert, in this video message, kindly encourages us this Lent to pray, act, and give in solidarity with those around the globe who desperately need our support. He reminds us to be Good Samaritans to all, as Pope Francis says: “Each day we have to decide whether to be Good Samaritans or indifferent bystanders.” (‘Fratelli Tutti’ No.69)

Please support CAFOD’s Lenten Appeal 2021

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