General election: six ways to build a better world

8 May 2017

Pope Francis says, "love is civic and political"

The general election 2017 comes at a crucial time. We cannot stand by. We all have a role in shaping a better world and we must work with politicians to be and do the best they can.

As Catholics, we are called to love our neighbours and stand up for the common good. Here are six ideas to inspire you to put your faith into action.    

1. Vote!

Your MP represents your voice in parliament. So on Thursday 8 June, go and vote at your local polling station. Find your polling station using this form provided by Democracy Club  

2. Find out about the issues  

Download our election briefing to read up on important questions on global poverty, climate change and Britain's role in the world.

3. Pray with us

Pray for your election candidates at this time, and ask for God’s guidance as we seek to bring about a world transformed. Download our new prayer and share it with your friends and family.  

4. Keep speaking up  

Sign up to the Speak Up week of action from 1-9 July. This is your chance to make sure the concerns of the world’s poorest people are on your MP’s agenda, just a few weeks after they have been elected.

5. Get to know your newly-elected MP

By becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent, you can help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power. We will send you letters or emails three or four times a year asking you to contact your MP when you can make a real difference.

6. Share your stories

However you’re planning to get involved with the general election or with meeting your new MP, we’d love to hear how you get on. Tell us what you’re doing on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

Back to top