Christ the Prince of Peace welcomes Lampedusa Cross

The catholic community of Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge were delighted to receive a Lampedusa Cross into the Parish on Friday the 1st of July .

In 2013 a boat carrying over five hundred migrants capsized off the coast of the Mediterranean Island of Lampedusa. Sadly many died but local carpenter, Francesco Tuccio, presented crosses made from the wreckage of the boat to the migrants as a sign of hope of new life. The crosses have become a symbol of new life.

Martin from CAFOD brought the cross which had had a busy morning, having been reflected upon by staff at the Salesian College Staff and then by pupils at St Charles Borromeo Primary school.

Fr Con spoke uplifting and inspiring words about the cross at Mass and encouraged people to write messages of hope to refugees at the soup lunch. Martin from CAFOD A&B gave a few words of thanks for the on-going support of the parish and our concern for those making treacherous journeys.

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‘It’s always a pleasure to visit parishes in the diocese and Weybridge is no exception. ‘They always provide a warm welcome and are very supportive of our work. The soup is always delicious too!’

‘Seeing and holding the cross was a profound experience,’ said Mary Lee, CAFOD Parish volunteer. ‘It was a privilege to welcome it to the parish, especially during the year of mercy. We were so happy that we could combine it with the visit to St Charles too, especially as the pupils are always so helpful at our parish soup lunches.’

Our thanks go to Mary, Fr Con and the catholic community in Weybridge.

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