Hallam and Nottingham Bishops come together with Pilgrims to honour refugees


On 10 July, Nottingham and Hallam Catholics completed the annual Padley Pilgrimage, carrying a Lampedusa Cross – a cross made from the wreckage of refugee boats, to show solidarity to refugees across the world.


Bishop Ralph and Bishop Patrick listen as Maggie introduces the Lampedusa Cross

Both Bishop Patrick McKinney and Bishop Ralph Heskett were in attendance for the presentation and walked with the pilgrims before the Mass that followed at Padley Chapel, where the crosses were placed at the sanctuary.

Each Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has been presented with a cross and invited to display it. The crosses will now act as a symbol for communities in England and Wales as they respond to the refugee crisis.

CAFOD representative for the Hallam Diocese, Anne Prior, who was in attendance, said:

“Through local acts such as the pilgrimage we feel we are acknowledging our deep sense of solidarity and welcome with the refugees arriving in the UK, as well praying for those far from our shores. We also feel we are answering the call of Pope Francis to show our love for those who are suffering.”


Volunteers Helen and Sue lead the procession

As part of a campaign led by the Catholic charities CAFOD, CSAN and the Jesuit Refugee Service, Catholics of all ages in schools, churches and communities are sharing messages of welcome, hope and love, which will be shared with refugees in the UK as an act of solidarity and dedicated at a special event to take place in November.

Please click if you would like to hold your own Lampedusa Pilgrimage

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CAFOD is an aid and development agency dedicated to improving the lives of the poorest in our world. In the UK we work to educate people about the causes of poverty, inspire them to campaign to address issues of social justice and inequality, and support them in fundraising activities. Overseas we work with local partners in 40 countries in South America, Africa and Asia to deliver long-term development projects and emergency aid. CAFOD's headquarters are in London and CAFOD Hallam is the local office for Sheffield and the surrounding area.

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