Today is the feast of St Frances Xavier Cabrini, declared to be patron saint of migrants by Pope Pius XII seventy years ago in 1950. A great saint in the United States, where there are many shrines to her (she is buried in New York); there is also now a shrine to her in our cathedral here in south London, dedicated eleven years ago. It is a bronze sculpture designed by the Gillick brothers,, showing the saint watching over migrants who are standing on suitcases. She did spend some time in London during her life and when here worshipped at St George’s cathedral; the shrine also reflects the rich diversity of our diocese and the immense contribution made to its life by migrants. There is also a school dedicated to her in Forest Hill, not far from here.
God bless and take care