Pilgrims raise awareness of impact of climate change

CAFOD supporters to go on pilgrimage across Central Bedfordshire.
CAFOD supporters to go on pilgrimage across Central Bedfordshire.

Parishioners from Leighton Buzzard joined others from across Central Bedfordshire to walk over 50 miles across the county’s countryside to raise awareness of the impacts of a changing climate.

The St Francis’ Central Beds Pastoral Area pilgrims arrived at Sacred Heart parish in Beaudesert on April 25 and will leave on Sunday to continue their journey to Flitwick.

Pilgrimage organiser Tessa Wiseman from Linslade said: “We are all affected by a changing climate, whether that’s here or overseas. People in countries such as Peru, Kenya and Bangladesh are already feeling the effects and it’s the most vulnerable of communities that are at risk and facing the biggest challenges. Whoever joins us will be treated to some great company, local history, beautiful scenery and an inspirational experience that will ultimately also help others in countries thousands of miles away.”

The pilgrimage will link the parishes of St Mary’s in Dunstable, Sacred Heart in Leighton Buzzard, Sacred Heart in Flitwick, St Francis of Assisi in Shefford and end at St Peter’s parish in Biggleswade and will finish on May 23.