Monday, 13 June 2016


You may have heard the story of Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio. He made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank near his home on the island of Lampedusa. He offered these crosses to survivors as a symbol of their rescue and a sign of hope. One of his crosses was recently carried through the great Door of Mercy at St Peter’s basilica.

CAFOD has offered Lampedusa crosses to every Cathedral in England and Wales, including St. Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield, to display as a focus for reflection.

Inspired by the Lampedusa cross, and during this Year of Mercy, Catholics across England and Wales are sending messages of hope to refugees. CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network and Jesuit Refugee Service will then be sharing these messages with refugees from around the world.

We respond to this crisis in a spirit of hope and common humanity. As Pope Francis reminds us, “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.”

Refugee Week Event

Forced out by war, poverty or persecution, millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. But each of us, moved by faith and common humanity, can act in welcome, respect and love. You are invited to take part in our Year of Mercy reflection on Thursday 23 June at St. Hugh’s at 7 pm. For more information contact:

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