The people of Lampedusa received today the Crucifix of the Miracle, Cuban Gift that Pope Francis donated to that Italian Island, one of the places hardest hit by the immigration crisis in Europe, noted La Sicilia newspaper.
During the ceremony, Cardinal Francisco Montenegro highlighted that by donating Lampedusa Cross, delivered by Cuban President Raul Castro to the Supreme Pontiff in September, 2015, during his pastoral visit to that country, the Pope recognizes those who provide shelter and hospitality.
In the holy Mass celebrated at eleven o’clock on Sunday as part of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Archbishop of Agrigento emphasized the value of this work made by the Cuban artist Alexis Leyva Kcho, representing Christ in a cross of oars.
The cardinal described as beautiful inspiration of particular value the sculpture in wood, stuccoed and polychromed, which he called the Christ of the Mediterranean, fishermen and migrants, noted the source.
Lampedusa, the largest island of the Pelagie archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea, is located 205 kilometers southwest of Sicily, midway between Italy, Tunisia and Libya, destination of immigrants coming from North Africa, thousands of whom died in 2015 when trying to reach the European coast.