Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land, asked Catholics around the world to make a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and make a real donation to support the church in the region.
Many Catholics dream of attending a religious pilgrimage because it is a way to be closer to God and experience a deeper spiritual meaning of their faith.
An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector. “Lourdes is all about spiritual and physical healing, and we’ve received 15,000 prayer petitions daily throughout the lockdown from around the world – for people about to die or fearing infection,” said Father Xavier d’Arodes de Peyriague, vice rector and head of international pastoral ministry.
Msgr. Perfecto Vazquez reflects on leading 48 Brooklyn and Queens residents on a pilgrimage to the shrines at Fatima, Portugal; Lourdes, France and Santiago de Compostela, Spain, over the summer.
This summer, I made a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal along with eight of my brother seminarians and one priest faculty member from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie. We spent nine days – or just about 130 miles – on El Camino in Spain, walking the traditional Camino Frances route from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
What is a pilgrimage? Is there any benefit from going to one? What does one get out of it?
Holy Doors, a noted historian, church and street art and a wedding were among the different and sometimes unexpected ways Catholics experienced faith and fellowship on a walking pilgrimage in Brooklyn, Oct. 15.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is my pleasure to provide you with a report on our diocesan pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy to Assisi, Rome and the Holy Land, including Galilee and Jerusalem. The itinerary was a wonderful one to celebrate the Year of Mercy because all of the sites we visited did give the pilgrims insight into the mercy of God.
I felt a connection with them and with our Blessed Mother that went deeper than words: I experienced a sense of peace.
I was blessed and grateful to be among the pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens who travelled to the Philippines for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines…