Pope Paul VI Lecture challenges us all to think again about 'charity'

Press Release   •   Nov 23, 2011 08:38 GMT

Fr Christopher Jamison OSB with Shelagh Fogarty and Chris Bain

Over 350 people attended CAFOD’s annual Pope Paul VI memorial lecture, given by Fr Christopher Jamison OSB at St Mary and St Michael’s Catholic Church in Shadwell, East London on Friday 18 November.

Fr Christopher, who last year took part in the BBC series 'The Big Silence', spoke on the theme of ‘Charity begins at home: but what is charity and where is home?’, looking at the role of the church in society and the importance of pursuing an ethical framework for the financial sector.

His lecture challenged our preconceptions of where the boundaries lie between helping ourselves and helping others, and he examined the healing and inspiring power that faith can have in our lives. He expressed the need for faith in action in our homes, our communities, and our world.

Before the lecture, Chris Bain, the Director of CAFOD, gave a short speech reflecting on the last twelve months for CAFOD, while Shelagh Fogarty, a BBC radio journalist, chaired the lecture.

Thank you to all of you who came along and helped to make the evening such a great success.

The full text of Fr Christopher Jamison’s lecture is available to download here .