Bishop of Leeds presented with Lampedusa Cross

A Lampedusa Cross, hand-carved from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats is being used as part of a pilgrimage to Ripon Cathedral on 8th October 2016.

As part of a campaign led by the Catholic charities CAFOD, CSAN and the Jesuit Refugee Service, each Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has been presented with a cross and invited to display it.

The cross was presented to Bishop Marcus Stock by CAFOD volunteer Andrea Ruck along with CAFOD representatives Joanne Taylor and Bronagh Daly at the Bishop’s residence in August.

The action cards (pictured) accompanying the Lampedusa cross provide schools and parishes an opportunity to write a message of hope and solidarity that will be presented to refugees.


CAFOD representatives Bronagh Daly and Joanne Taylor meet with the Bishop of Leeds Diocese along with CAFOD volunteer Andrea Ruck to discuss plans to take the Lampedusa Cross on pilgrimage to Ripon Cathedral


Bishop Stock said: “I am happy to commend the Lampedusa Cross as a commitment to our support for refugees. My hope for this pilgrimage with the cross to Rippon Cathedral is that we stand in solidarity with these people at this time. Quite often we feel unsure as to what we can do and if it will make any impact and this is a way we can take action.”

The Lampedusa cross acts as a symbol for communities in England and Wales as they respond to the refugee crisis. Parishioners from Leeds and the surrounding areas have organised pilgrimages, with the cross, to show solidarity with the refugees arriving in the UK, as well as praying for those far from our shores.

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Joanne Taylor, said: “Through the pilgrimage, we feel we are offering a welcome to the refugees arriving in the UK, as well praying for those far from our shores. We also feel we are answering the call of Pope Francis to show our love for those who are suffering.” 

Andrea, CAFOD volunteer in the Leeds Diocese, said: “It was a privilege to take the cross and recommend it to the Bishop as a symbol of our solidarity with the refugee community. It will be a very emotional experience because of the cross’s history and the lives that it has seen prior it coming to the Leeds diocese.”


Carpenter Francesco Tuccio made the Lampedusa cross from the wreckage of the vessels carrying refugees to the Mediterranean island.


To book the Lampedusa Cross to use in a pilgrimage at your school or church contact or visit for more resources to use within your church.

To order action cards for your school or church click here

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