Community in Middlesbrough gathers to show solidarity with refugees

More than 100 people gathered together for an inspiring liturgy event to show solidarity with refugees in Middlesbrough.

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The solidarity liturgy was attended by over 100 people

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 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.

The evening was organised by Middlesbrough Justice and Peace Groups who used CAFOD’s Lampedusa Cross liturgy.

Refugee Liturgy

The Lampedusa Cross was on display at the event

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.

For more information about the Lampedusa Cross and sending messages of hope to refugees, go to our website.

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