Last weekend, over 50 CAFOD supporters, volunteers and charity workers gathered in Newcastle under Lyme to complete a pilgrimage carrying the Lampedusa Cross – a cross made out of the wreckage of refugee boats, to show solidarity to refugees across the world.
People from across the North Staffordshire Deanery gathered at Coolock Pastoral Centre for a pilgrimage and reflection around the Lampedusa cross. CAFOD supporters were joined by charity workers who are supporting asylum seekers in Stoke-on-Trent.
Despite a last minute change of route due to road closures, the group completed their pilgrimage, led by Deacon Neil Adlington, around the grounds of the centre. The group stopped at various points to reflect and pray for those who have been displaced from their homes. They were blessed with good weather as the rain held off for the duration.
At the end of the pilgrimage, Catherine, Rick and Jon from Soli House Youth Ministry, led a signing of cards, with messages of hope, which will be shared with refugees in a special ceremony in November.
Local CAFOD officer, Julia Hood, attended the pilgrimage and said:
“It was such a spiritually moving day; the compassion shown by the community showed that they really do care. We would like to say a massive thank you to Sisters Bridie and Betty for helping us to organise this pilgrimage and to everyone who attended. To complete the pilgrimage holding the Lampedusa Cross was very poignant as it brought the issues so much closer to home.”