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New Catholic pilgrim initiative launched in UK

Norwich, UK A new UK pilgrimage initiative has been launched by the Roman Catholic church, using a network of pedestrian routes linking all the cathedrals.   Titled ‘Hearts in Search of God’ it is the result of an initiative by former CEO of Caritas UK, Phil McCarthy. Catholic pilgrims walking at Clifton in the UK. PICTURE: […]

Youth Catholics gather in Lisbon, awaiting Pope

A volunteer does the registration check-in of pilgrims on the first day of the XXXVII World Youth Day, in Lisbon, Portugal, on 1st August, 2023.

Lisbon, Portugal Reuters Waving their countries’ flags and singing, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world flocked to one of Lisbon’s main parks on Tuesday to mark the start of the world’s largest gathering of young Catholics.  “It’s very emotional,” said Brazilian pilgrim Vitor Goncalves, 25, as the event’s opening Mass was […]

Christian faithful celebrate ‘Holy Fire’ under restrictions

Christians pilgrims hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony, a day before Easter, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected, in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday, 15th April , 2023.

Jerusalem AP Christian worshippers thronged the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Saturday to celebrate the ceremony of the “Holy Fire”, an ancient ritual that sparked tensions this year with the Israeli police. In the annual ceremony that has been observed for over a millennium, a flame taken from Jesus’ tomb is used […]

Pilgrims flock to ancient Holy Land church as Palestinian congregation shrinks

Christian worshippers pray during Mass inside St. George Church, also known as the Church of the Ten Lepers, in Burqin, near Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on 31st March, 2023.

Burqin, West Bank Reuters One of the world’s oldest churches, built on top of a cave in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and festooned with golden icons, attracts thousands of Christian pilgrims every year.  But the Church of the Ten Lepers’ own congregation of Palestinian Christians grows ever smaller. Christian worshippers pray during Mass inside St […]

Devotion to Virgin Mary draws millions to Mexico City shrine

Mexico Basilica of Guadalupe 2013

Mexico City AP It is the one of the world’s most visited and beloved religious venues – the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a circular, tent-shaped roof visible from miles away and a sacred history that each year draws millions of pilgrims from near and far to its hilltop site in Mexico City. […]

Essay: Pilgrims, not patriots

First Thanksgiving Brownscombe

In an essay adapted from his book, ‘The First Thanksgiving’, history professor TRACY MCKENZIE writes that the Pilgrims thought of themselves as temporary travellers in a world that was not their home – much less a nation…