Captions and context for pictures (left to right):
- Just Youth alongside with its sister charity Revive collaborated with CAFOD and the JRS to “celebrate the enormous compassion of the Catholic community to welcome refugees this year” (CAFOD, 2016) in a service held on Saturday 3rd December at The Spiritan Centre.
- Former volunteer Carmel and current volunteer Lizzie played the music for the service while Bishop John Arnold celebrated the service, Sophie our other CAFOD volunteer read, and many members of the community spoke.
- Lampedusa crosses are a key symbol of hope for the refugee crisis. They’re made by a Sicilian carpenter from the wreckage of a boat that was carrying refugees to the small island of Lampedusa as a sign that where there is suffering and loss, there is also hope for a brighter future.
- Messages of hope for refugees from the community were displayed.
- Madjet Fino is a Syrian refugee who spoke at the service about his experiences being rehomed in the UK with the help of Revive.
- A spokesperson from Cornerstone spoke about the social issues they tackle on a daily basis and how they deal with them.
- Ryan is a former CAFOD young leader who has just came back from Lebanon and spoke of his experiences there, urging us as a Catholic community to take action.