All are welcome to join together for a refugee solidarity liturgy in Middlesbrough.
The event will be an hour of prayer, music and reflection on Wednesday May 3 at 7pm at The Holy Name of Mary Church in Linthorpe.
A Lampedusa Cross will be on show at the evening, which is a symbol of hope for refugees.
The cross was made by Italian carpenter Francesco Tuccio, who used shipwrecked refugee boats in 2013. Aid agency CAFOD has sent one to every cathedral in England and Wales.
Catherine Murray has helped organise the event. She said: “We are hoping it is going to be an hour of solidarity where people can join together.
“We will be using CAFOD’s Lampedusa Cross liturgy and we have asylum seekers who will be speaking about their experiences.
“We wanted to do something in solidarity and this is the perfect way to do that.”
The liturgy has been organised by Middlesbrough Justice and Peace Groups and refreshments will be available.
By visitng CAFOD’s website you can find out how to send messages of hope and welcome that will be passed on to groups working with refugees.
For more information about the Lampedusa Cross and sending messages of hope to refugees, visit our website.