EDMONTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE will be officially launching its annual Share Lent
campaign this year with the participation of special guests Archbishop
Richard Smith of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and President of the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Pedro Ricardo
Barreto of the Archdiocese of Huancayo, Peru.
The launch will take place on Ash Wednesday, February 13, and will kick
off a series of events and activities taking place across Canada during
the period of Lent to raise funds in support of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE's
sustainable development and humanitarian aid programs in Africa, Asia,
Latin America and the Middle East.
The theme of this year's campaign is Human Dignity to reflect how DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE enters into partnerships with
local organizations to support the poor in choosing and directing their
"This year's campaign recognizes the intrinsic dignity of all of us, and
that we are all created in God's image. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is the
visible expression of our love as Canadian Catholics for the human
family and of our hope that the world can be a better place," says
Archbishop Barreto, a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and
Peace at the Vatican, has been invited to represent the many
communities in the Global South who are courageously striving to
improve their livelihoods in the face of injustice. In his own
Archdiocese, he is working with the community of La Oroya, one of the
most polluted places on earth, to demand norms be applied to a
foreign-owned smelter to create a healthier environment.
"We are honoured to celebrate the beginning of this year's campaign with
these two distinguished guests. The solidarity of our Catholic
community worldwide can and is creating real change," says Michael
Casey, Executive Director of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, who will also be
present at the launch.
The Share Lent campaign culminates in a collection that takes place on
Sunday, March 17th, known as Solidarity Sunday, in parishes nationwide. This year, the
organization is also inviting Canadians to participate in a fundraising
Good Friday Fast as a way to show their solidarity.
The launch will be streamed live at www.devp.org/en
February 13th, 2013 at 1 pm (EST)
Development and Peace is the official international development
organization of the Catholic Church in Canada. The organization
currently works with 90 local organizations in over 20 countries in
Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
SOURCE: DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
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