We are delighted to say that CAFOD Arundel and Brighton has an actual Lampedusa Cross which we are making available to parishes, schools, groups and communities in the diocese.
Sicilian carpenter Francesco Tuccio made rough crosses from the wreckage of a boat carrying refugees that sank off the Island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. The crosses were offered to the survivors as a symbol of their rescue and a sign of hope. Pope Francis has a Lampedusa Cross as does the British museum.
People have mentioned that they found reflecting on and holding the cross a profound experience. Many pray for people who have been forced to leave home. Some reflect on what it must be like to go on such a journey. Others have mentioned reflecting that we are all refugees in the Kingdom of God, arriving on its shores with hope for a better life. Most people write a message of hope to refugees as a fruit of their reflection and a sign of solidarity and compassion. We can arrange for special cards to be delivered to your community on which people can write their messages.
If you would like the cross to spend time in your school or parish then please do get in touch and we’d be delighted to arrange it. The cross is just under two feet tall.
CAFOD Arundel and Brighton, 01483 898 866 firstname.lastname@example.org