The Lampedusa Cross arrives in North Wales.

The Lampedusa Cross

The Lampedusa Cross

CAFOD representative, Colette Byrne, will be meeting with Bishop Peter to tell him about the Lampedusa Cross. The iconic cross will be going on display at St Mary’s Cathedral in Wrexham.

Pilgrimages shall be taking place across the Diocese of Wrexham. Would you like to get involved? We are seeking volunteers to lead a pilgrimage within their parish.

Pope Francis carried the Lampedusa cross at a memorial service. As part of the Year of Mercy, the Pope has asked us all to complete a pilgrimage

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life… each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.” Misericordiae Vultus – Pope Francis

Would you be interested in organising or attending a pilgrimage? CAFOD Volunteers are acting in solidarity, showing love and support to our global brothers and sisters.

Lampedusa Crosses

Display of the Lampedusa Cross

Families and communities around the world have been separated due to war and natural disasters. Refugees make long and dangerous journeys, in hope of a better life, despite the uncertain future.

Our faith calls us to act; although sometimes our individual actions seem inconsequential, together we can offer hope, love and give refugees dignity as we stand alongside them.

During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us that “we ourselves need to see, and then enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”

Send a message of hope

Messages of hope

Send a message of hope to our global brothers and sisters who are forced out of their homes by war, poverty and persecution.

One man, Francesco Tuccio, proved an act of kindness can make a massive difference. A carpenter from the small Italian Island of Lampedusa used his compassion to craft a cross of hope.

Three years ago, a boat filled with over 500 refugees caught fire, capsized and sank; 311 people perished. Inhabitants of Lampedusa helped save the lives of 155 people.

Heartbroken, Mr Tuccio wanted to give them was a symbol of hope. Mr Tuccio collected the broken pieces of wood that had washed ashore and made the Lampedusa Cross. He offered a handmade cross to each of the survivors as a sign of hope, solidarity and love. The remainder of the boat wreck was crafted into the Lampedusa Cross.

A collection of the Lampedusa Crosses

Lampedusa Crosses

We have created resources to help you organise your own pilgrimage in your parish, school or group, or use as part of any other Year of Mercy pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage, there is an opportunity to write messages of hope for refugees.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Lampedusa Cross and how you can get involved, please contact Colette Byrne on cbyrne@cafod.org.uk or 07779 804 242.

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