TWO leading church experts on "green" issues are to tour Britain as part of CAFOD's environment campaign.
Fr Pat Clarke, who has worked for many years in Brazil, and Dr Jorge Montijo of Puerto Rico, will speak to groups and in parishes throughout the country.
Fr Clarke was based with shanty town dwellers in Sao Paulo and has also lived alongside indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin. As part of the Movement for the Defence of the Favelas, he was involved in organising communities in the face of forced evictions, police violence and urban squalor. His experience has led him to the belief that economic development is often devastating for both people and their environment.
Dr Montijo, a practising health psychologist, works with poor communities intent on protecting their natural resources against pollution which is often the result of United States and their island's own industrial processes. He helped monitor the effects of toxic gas escapes in an industrial park on Puerto Rico.
• Youngsters at St Edmund's Primary School in Edmonton, north London, raised £1,500 for CAFOD when they took part in a sponsored penalty football shoot. Goalkeeper for the event was Pasquale Spinazzolla, who stepped in at short notice after school goalkeeper Robert Rusek injured his leg during a match a few days before.