The Lampedusa Cross begins a pilgrimage of Shrewsbury Diocese.

Bishop Mark holding the Lampedusa Cross

Bishop Mark with the Lampedusa Cross Credit Simon Caldwell

This summer, the Lampedusa Cross is under-going a pilgrimage across the Diocese of Shrewsbury. The iconic cross will travel each week to a different parish, giving parishioners an opportunity to see the Lampedusa Cross and to write messages of hope.

Bishop Mark was very interested to hear about the Lampedusa Cross and its journey across the Diocese and offered to hold a service at the Cathedral, in a few months’ time, when the Lampedusa Cross concludes its pilgrimage.

There are now two crosses in the Shrewsbury Diocese, allowing you a greater opportunity to see the Lampedusa Cross. Would you like to get involved? The Lampedusa Cross shall be visiting different parishes during its pilgrimage. If your parish would like to host the Lampedusa Cross, please contact us. You will be acting in solidarity, showing love and support to our global sisters and brothers.

Pope Francis carried the Lampedusa cross at a memorial service. As part of the Year of Mercy, the Pope has asked us all to complete a pilgrimage.

“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life… each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.” Misericordiae Vultus – Pope Francis

Families and communities around the world have been separated due to war and natural disasters. Refugees make long and dangerous journeys, in hope of a better life, despite the uncertain future.

A collection of Lampedusa Crosses

The Lampedusa Cross

During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us that “we ourselves need to see, and then enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.”

One man, Francesco Tuccio, proved an act of kindness can make a massive difference. A carpenter from the Italian Island of Lampedusa used his compassion to craft a cross of hope.

Three years ago, a boat filled with over 500 refugees caught fire, capsized and sank; 311 people perished. Inhabitants of Lampedusa helped save the lives of 155 people.

Heartbroken, Mr Tuccio wanted to give them a symbol of hope. Mr Tuccio collected the broken pieces of wood that had washed ashore and made the Lampedusa Cross. He offered a handmade cross to each of the survivors as a sign of hope, solidarity and love.

A box of Lampedusa Cross resouces

Lampedusa Cross Resources

The Lampedusa Cross will be accompanied by a box of resources to help you organise your own pilgrimage in your parish, school or group, or use as part of any other Year of Mercy pilgrimage. During the pilgrimage, there is an opportunity to write messages of hope for refugees.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Lampedusa Cross and about how you and your parish can get involved, please contact Bridget Fenwick on

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