Carol attended CSAN’s (Catholic Social Action Network) parliamentary reception held on 4th November 2015 in the River Room in the House of Lords. The room was full to capacity with parliamentarians, members of CSAN and representatives of Catholic and faith-based organisations from across the country.
Addresses were made to those gathered by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Baroness Williams of Trafford, Lord Touhig and Helen O’Brien who is CEO of CSAN.
In his address Cardinal Nichols recognised the on-going and committed work of the organisations in the room, and also the outpouring of compassion in a society shocked by the suffering of their fellow man.
He said, “the plight of refugees cannot wait. People’s generosity, in my view, far outstrips the response of our Government…so much more needs to be done both in welcoming refugees here and across Europe to make the response to this crisis both better organised and monitored, thereby becoming more respectful of the dignity of those seeking help”.
The Cardinal had just returned from the Synod of the Family in Rome and commented that a great deal of attention was given there to the effects on the family of poverty, violence, war, migration and desperate need. This was great affirmation and guidance for the pastoral response to families, which is central to the work of the Caritas network including the work undertaken by Catholic Care throughout the Leeds Diocese.
Baroness Williams of Trafford, who also addressed the audience, congratulated the work of CSAN members: “Caritas Social Action Network changes lives and make an important contribution to public life and this Government will continue to support the great work you do”.