This week, 19-25 June, marks Refugee Week, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
CAFOD supporters have a longstanding background of supporting refugees through our appeals, and joining us in standing in solidarity with those fleeing their homes and countries.
In schools and parishes across Lancaster diocese, people came together to share their messages which have been received by refugees in many places across the world, including Calais, Athens, Lesbos, Lebanon, South Sudan and Colombia.
One particularly powerful message of hope, sent from one year eight student in our region, was: “If you are Christian, God will be with you. If you are Muslim, Allahu Akbar.”
This refugee week we keep those still seeking refuge in our thoughts and prayers and thank everyone who sent a message of hope. Your messages were received with gratitude.
We have written a prayer pilgrimage that can be completed with the Lampedusa cross in your own parish. The prayer pilgrimage is an hour long but can be shortened, and finishes with parishioners writing their own messages of hope to show they are standing with refugees.
If you are interested in doing this, please contact your local volunteer centre on 01772 733310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org