National Events

April    Materials for next CAFOD Campaign become available - 'Care for Our Common Home' - with events during the coming months.

4 Apr    Sunday        United Nations' Mine Awareness Day
6 Apr    Tuesday        International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

7 Apr    Wednesday    United Nations' World Health Day

7 Apr    Wednesday    Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

19 Apr  Monday         Online conversation on “The Politics of Division” 7pm-8.30pm hosted by Church and Peace in Britain and Ireland. “Is the UK government pursuing a “white nationalist” agenda to split our communities?” Register at

21 Apr  Wednesday 7pm: Green Christian Bible Discussion online with Deborah Tomkins: 'What does scripture say to believers about Creation Care?' 

22 Apr    Thursday        Earth Day

26 Apr    Monday        International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

28 Apr    Wednesday    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

29 Apr    Thursday        Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

1 May    Saturday        Day of Prayer for Human Work

1 May     Saturday        London Mass for Migrant Workers (Livestreamed), 11.30am. Details on Local Events page.

5 May     Wednesday  International Conscientious Objectors Day   Peace Pledge Union
8 May    Saturday        Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

8 May    Saturday        World Migratory Bird Day

9 May    Sunday           Start of Christian Aid Week
15 May    Saturday        International Day of Families

17-30 May   UN Biodiversity Summit. (Preparation for COP15.)

21 May    Friday        World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22 May    Saturday        International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May   Saturday      Pax Christi AGM - details to be announced

24 May     Monday        Laudato Si’ Year ends

29 May    Saturday        International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

31 May    Monday        World No Tobacco Day

1 Jun    Tuesday        Global Day of Parents

4 Jun    Friday        International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

5 Jun    Saturday        World Environment Day

8 Jun    Tuesday        World Oceans Day 11-13 June  G7 Meetings in Cornwall

11-13 Jun (Fri-Sun)   G7 Meetings in Cornwall

12 Jun    Saturday        World Day Against Child Labour

13 Jun    Sunday         Day of Prayer for Human Life

15 Jun    Tuesday        World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
17 Jun    Thursday        World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

19 Jun    Saturday        International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

20 Jun    Sunday        World Refugee Day

20 Jun    Sunday        Day of Prayer for Human Life

22 Jun    Tuesday         Day of Prayer for those who suffer Persecution, Oppression, and Denial of Human Rights

23 Jun    Wednesday    International Widows' Day

25 Jun    Friday        Day of the Seafarer

26 Jun    Saturday        International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

26 Jun    Saturday       International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

26 June – 4 July: London  Climate  Action  Week – Harnessing the  Power  of  London  for Global Climate Action. (Schools Assembly on 29 June.)

3 Jul    Saturday        International Day of Cooperatives

18 Jul    Sunday        Nelson Mandela Day

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 July, 43rd Annual J&P Conference, The Hayes, Swanwick. "Action for life on earth - moment of truth"

30 Jul    Friday        International Day of Friendship

30 Jul    Friday        World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Friday 6 and Monday 9 August, 75th anniversary of the first uses of nuclear weapons in warfare

9 Aug    Monday        International Day of the World's Indigenous People

12 Aug    Thursday        International Youth Day

19 Aug    Thursday        World Humanitarian Day

23 Aug    Monday        International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

29 Aug    Sunday        International Day against Nuclear Tests

30 Aug  Monday  UN International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

1 Sep    Wednesday   Day of Prayer for Creation; start of "Creation Time", which runs to  Sunday 3 October -

5 Sep  Sunday        UN International Day of Charity

  18 Feb   Thursday       First of six weekly Lenten talks organised by Catholic Climate Movement, 'Global Healng' on Thursdays from 7.30 to 8.30pm.
                                        Speakers include Bishop John Arnold, Jane Mellett (Global Catholic Climate Movement), Dr Emma Gardner (Head of Environment, Salford Diocese),
                                        and Graham Gordon (Head of Public Policy, CAFOD). To register please click here  or email

23 Feb  Tue      Start of weekly Lent Talks on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for Edinburgh Jesuit Centre to mark the 8th anniversary of the installation of Pope Francis
Zoom Login Information: Meeting ID:236 509 2814
Talks will also be streaming to Facebook Live.View by typing Edinburgh Jesuit Centre into Facebook

     Tuesday 23 February 7.30pm:Austen Ivereigh on Social Justice
     Tuesday 2 March 7.30pm:Sr Imelda Poole MBE on Refugees and Migration
     Tuesday 9 March 7.30pm:James Martin SJ on LGBTQ+ Ministry
     Tuesday 16 March 7.30pm:Christopher Lamb on Church Hierarchy
     Tuesday 23 March 7.30pm:Dr Lorna Gold on Pope Francis on the Environment
     Tuesday 30 March 7.30pm:Gemma Simmonds CJ on Women in the Church

March    Materials for the next CAFOD campaign become available: 'Reclaim Our Common Home', To be marked by events  in the following months.

24 Mar    Wednesday    International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
25 Mar    Thursday        International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

25 Mar    Thursday        International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing UN Staff Members

25 Mar    Thursday      CAFOD training session about how to organise successful online and public meetings with your MP to promote international development -
repeated on 10 April. The sessions are free, but you need to sign up in advance.
More information at 
Mar 25   Thursday    6.00 -7.30pm. 'All Sisters and Brothers': Sustaining hope with refugees and asylum seekers. More here

26 Mar    Friday       'Reset the Debt' - Day of prayer and action. Prayer for just and compassionate solutions to the debt crisis we now face in our communities. Action  to call on our government to support families weighed down by debt because of Covid-19.['Reset The Debt' is supported by Churches, faith-based groups and charities - find out more at their website.]

26 Mar    Friday        Day of Prayer for Victims of Sexual Abuse

26 Mar    Friday       12h00: Webinar 'Changing the Narrative, One Story at a Time'-  sponsored by Dominican Sisters at the United Nations and Domuni Universitas, featuring five women panelists from five continents. (A Parallel Event to the 65th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.)
Registration here - closes on 24 March.
27 Mar  Saturday    12.30pm Romero Anniversary Mass at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark with Archbishop John Wilson, who will speak on  'Unchanging Truth in Changing Times'.  A  limited  number can gather in  the  cathedral, and  the Mass will  be  streamed  live at

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5 Sep   Sunday      Climate Sunday

Wednesday 8 September, UN International Literacy Day

Wednesday 15 September, UN International Day of Democracy

Thursday 16 September, UN International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Monday 21 September, UN International Day of Peace.

Thursday 23 September, UN World Maritime Day  

Sunday 26 September, UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Monday 27 September, UN World Tourism Day

Friday 1 October, International Day of Older Persons

Saturday 2 October, International Day of Non-Violence

Monday 5 October, UN World Teachers’ Day

Monday 4 October, UN World Habitat Day

Sunday 10 October, Day of Prayer for Prisoners and their Dependants

Monday 11 October, UN International Day of the Girl Child   

Wednesday 13 October, UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Friday 15 October, UN International Day of Rural Women

Friday 15 October  25th anniversary of the publication of "The Common Good and the Catholic Church's Social Teaching" by the Bishops of England and Wales.

Saturday 16 October, UN World Food Day

Sunday 17 October, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Sunday 24 October, UN United Nations Day

Sunday 24 October, UN World Development Information Day

Wednesday 1 to Friday 12 November, COP 26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow

Saturday 6 November, UN International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

Wednesday 10 November, UN World Science Day for Peace and Development

Thursday 11 November, Remembrance Day
Sunday 14 November, Remembrance Sunday 

Tuesday 16 November, UN International Day for Tolerance

Friday 19 November, UN World Toilet Day

Saturday 20 November, UN Unniversal Children's Day

Thurssday 25 November, UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Monday 29 November, UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Sunday 12 September, UN United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation 
Wednesday 1 December, UN Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

Wednesday 1 December, UN World AIDS Day

Thursday 2 December, UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Friday 3 December, UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday 3 December,  Day of Prayer for Migrants.

Sunday 5 December, UN International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Sunday 5 December, UN World Soil Day

Thursday 9 December, UN International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime

Thursday 9 December, UN International Anti-Corruption Day

Friday 10 December, UN Human Rights Day

Saturday 18 December 2020, UN International Migrants Day

Monday 20 December 2020, UN International Human Solidarity Day 

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