A Walk of Witness in Solidarity
– With refugees and migrants forced into uncertainty
Forced out by war, poverty or persecution, millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. But each of us, moved by faith, can act in welcome, respect and love. That is why CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter and others organised a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
The walk of witness was by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’, made from salvaged pieces of boats wrecked off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, where many refugees have drowned making their way to Europe. The walk acts as a memorial for those who perished and an act of solidarity with those who are searching for a new life of safety.
Pope Francis calls us to “see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved”.