- May 28, 2020
Every year since 1953, Catholics from the Diocese of Middlesbrough – located in the north of England – have participated in a pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year they are doing it virtually.
Amid continuing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Catholic pilgrims in the Holy Land said they were being cautious but had no regrets about continuing with their pilgrimage.
After Israel reported that 18 people from a recent South Korean tour group were infected with COVID-19, a coronavirus, a spokesman for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said officials were concerned how the diagnosis would affect Lenten and Easter pilgrimages.
Wherever he goes, Capuchin Father Marcelo Monti talks not only about the values of his congregation, but also about the prevention of HIV, which took the life of his sister 10 years ago. In 11 months, he has already walked 3,600 miles through six countries, but still has a long way to Quebec on the first stage of his journey.
Father James Gardiner, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, who is director of special projects at the monastery, said the gardens and the replicas are meant to “whet your appetite” for seeing the real things in the Holy Land.
Without expressing any finding on the authenticity of the alleged apparitions and other supernatural phenomena at the Marian shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pope Francis has approved pilgrimages there.