The Papal Nuncio to the UK, His Excellency Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, visited the Port of Tilbury on 29 May to learn about the work of the Church’s maritime welfare agency Apostleship of the Sea.
Archbishop Adams visited two ships and met with port chaplain Wojciech Holub and a number of Filipino seafarers serving on the vessels.
The men and women working at the port were delighted to receive Pope Francis’s blessing.
The went on-board The Federal Lyra, a bulk vessel carrying grain from Canada. This ship has a statue of Our Lady on the bridge the seafarers call the ‘Mama Mary’ – she guides them on their voyages at sea.
The Archbishop also visited the Gerda – a CO2 gas carrier. All crew on board the ships are Filipinos.
You can look through a gallery of images from the visit on our Flickr Photostream.