From 2019-03-23 to 2019-03-30

Third Sunday of Lent

Then Jesus told this parable, A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to his vinedresser, For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground? Sir, the man replied, leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.

The Gospel from St Luke 13, 1-9

From 2019-03-22 to 2019-03-30

World Water Day

2019 Theme: Leaving no one behind

The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind,’ which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

Today, billions of people are still living without safe water, which means ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination. Their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

From 2019-03-09 to 2019-03-30


Men such as Amechi in Nigeria, who fled to save his life when armed forces turned their weapons on peaceful protesters asking for fair compensation from an oil company exploiting and polluting their land; and

Poor coastal communities in the Philippines who saw their homes ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan five years ago and faced eviction with no where to go.

This Lenten season, Development and Peace and Pope Francis invite us to reach out and encounter migrants and refugees. The Pope has reminded us that, “Faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others.” Together, we are invited to open our hearts and foster a culture of encounter – a culture that requires a deep commitment to go towards others, to stop, listen and really see them, and to give a little of ourselves.

This Lenten season, we are all called upon to be fellow travelers with our sisters and brothers who have had to flee their homes and to share the journey with them. But how?

By giving generously to the Share Lent campaign. Thanks to your support, Development and Peace and its partners can continue to build a world of justice by taking action on the root causes of forced migration and by supporting the most vulnerable populations in the Global South. Together, we can support people such as Shominara, Qawthar, and Amechi.

You can also take part in a solidarity walk to help us reach our goal of walking the equivalent of the the Earth’s circumference, i.e. 40,075 km. [If applicable] On [date] at [place], there will be a walk in our community and we hope to see you there in great numbers.

Thank you for sharing the journey with our sisters and brothers all over the world. Thank you for praying for them.