Lampedusa Cross at the National Shrine of Wales

Our Lady of the Taper

The history of Our Lady of the Taper is linked to a shipwreck in the twelfth century. It seems a statue of Our Lady washed up on the shores of Cardigan Bay in West Wales. As part of the Year of Mercy, Our Lady of the Taper in Cardigan, one of the Holy Doors of Mercy in the Menevia diocese, hosted the Lampedusa Cross, which was placed in the small Shrine chapel, from Friday 17th June until Sunday 3rd July. Continue reading

The Lampedusa Cross tours Cardiff and Menevia Dioceses

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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.

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