More than 100 people gathered together for an inspiring liturgy event to show solidarity with refugees in Middlesbrough.
The event included prayer, music and reflection at The Holy Name of Mary Church in Linthorpe.
A Lampedusa Cross was on show at the liturgy, which is a symbol of hope for refugees.
The evening was organised by Middlesbrough Justice and Peace Groups who used CAFOD’s Lampedusa Cross liturgy.
CAFOD representative in Middlesbrough, Carol Cross, said: “The liturgy was very moving, especially listening to the harrowing experiences shared by the refugees, who have happily found a warm welcome and safe haven in Middlesbrough.
“Everybody who attended was inspired by the refugee’s stories and valued the opportunity to be able to speak with them in person afterwards.
“Thank you to everyone who helped to organise a lovely evening and I hope it can be repeated in other areas of the town, to enable greater understanding of some of reasons why people leave their homes and families and seek refuge here.”
By visiting 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.