The Diocese of Westminster's Justice and Peace Commission Fairtrade Steering Group is asking more parishes to make the change to Fairtrade and so help Westminster become a Fairtrade Diocese.
The Catholic dioceses of Hexham and Newcastle, Portsmouth, Nottingham, and most recently, Lancaster, are all Fairtrade dioceses and in October 2008 London become a Fairtrade city – the biggest in the world. To become a Fairtrade diocese, Westminster needs over 110 parishes to have a Fairtrade certificate from either CAFOD or the Fairtrade Foundation. So far 75 or so parishes have done so. Qualifying means serving Fairtrade tea and coffee at parish functions, promoting other Fairtrade products, and organising an event during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Witnessing to justice
Father Joe Ryan, Chair of Westminster's Justice and Peace Commission said: “Westminster should be playing its part since it is one of the biggest dioceses in England and Wales. It’s about more than just buying a particular tea. It’s about linking up with producers in poor countries, and witnessing to justice.”
As part of the drive to help register Westminster as a Fairtrade diocese, the Justice and Peace Commission will be holding a special Fairtrade wine and food tasting event during the 2009 Fairtrade Fortnight. Together with films and music, and Fairtrade producer-speakers, the event will take place at 7pm on Saturday February 28th at Holy Apostles Church in Pimlico, London SW1.