This Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) launches its annual Share Lent campaign on the theme Create a Climate of Change. In its news release CCODP explains that: "The campaign draws on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si', which calls for better care of our common home, especially for our sisters and brothers in the Global South who are already experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, despite contributing the least to the carbon emissions that are causing temperatures to rise." The campaign, also inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy, is the main funding source for the organization's solidarity work with over 100 local organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and for its educational programs here in Canada.
As indicated on its new logo, CCODP is Caritas Canada. In a promotional video for its 2016 Lenten campaign, several members and partners of Development and Peace, including Bishops from the Global South as well as from Canada, share their hopes for the campaign and their thoughts on the impact of CCODP's mission. The English version of the video includes an interview with the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), while the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Vice President of the CCCB is interviewed in the French version.
For a second year, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada has developed a popular "app" for its 2016 Share Lent campaign. More information about the Lent Calendar App for smartphones and tablets, and how to download it from the App store or Google play, is available on the Development and Peace website.