Children from across East Anglia joined Bishop Hopes on the Children’s Pilgrimage as he gave a Lampedusa Cross to the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Bishop Hopes had earlier received two Lampedusa Crosses, and he has presented the other cross to the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. This one he gave to the Shrine Rector, John Armitage who will display it in the grounds of the National Shrine, alongside the stations of the cross and the acts of mercy, opposite the display about welcoming the stranger and the homeless in our midst.
Watch Monsignor John Armitage talking about the Lampedusa Cross:
Bishop Hopes blessed the Lampedusa Cross and prayed:
God of all humanity
In a world full of fear, open our hearts towards love.
Though we walk in desolate valleys, open our minds to your hope.
We turn from hatred, towards love.
We turn from intolerance, towards understanding.
We commit ourselves to compassion.
Together, not alone, we pray for peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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