On a cold night, three years ago a boat filled with refugees trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast off Lampedusa. 311 people perished. Moved by the loss of life, local carpenter Francesco Tuccio, made the Lampedusa Cross from the wreckage of the boat and offered this simple, handmade cross to the survivors of the disaster as a sign of hope.
Pope Francis carried a cross at a memorial service visiting the site of the tragedy stating that “We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion.”
Refugee boats have continued to land or sink off the coast of Lampedusa and the crosses in cathedrals today are made from wreckage of these boats.
The Lampedusa Cross starts its tour at St David’s Cathedral where it will remain during May and June. It will then tour around the Cardiff and Menevia Dioceses. We will confirm further dates over the coming months.
Please come along to pray with the cross, and write a message of hope for all refugees which we will collect and share with refugees across the world.
Where and when:
16 May–22 June: Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St David, Cardiff CF10 2SF
17 June-4 July: Welsh National Shrine of Our Lady of the Taper, Cardigan SA43 1LT
27 June-4 July: (re-organised to 5-15 August) Our Lady of Perpetual Succour & St Nicholas, Knighton, Powys LD7 1BB
5 July–31 July: Cathedral Church of St Joseph, Swansea SA1 2BX
6 July-20: July Our Lady Queen of Peace, Llanelli SA15 3AB
22 July-1 August: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4DR
16-29 August: St Helen’s, Caerphilly
20-21 August: St Mary’s RC Church, St Mary’s Retreat, Union Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 3DE
TBC: St David’s Priory Church, St David’s Place, Swansea SA1 3NG
9-15 Sept: St Mary’s, Monmouth NP25 3DB
22-29 September: St David & St Patrick, 9 Fountain Row, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 1SX
16-25 Sept: St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5AL
24 October-4 November: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bridgend