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.
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.”
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.
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