- Nov 26, 2020
Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said.
The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions.
The Confraternity of the Holy Trinity of Pilgrims and Convalescents is a religious group founded by St. Philip Neri with the mission of being hospitable to pilgrims visiting Rome.
The Way of St. Francis is a network of walking trails that connects Assisi to Rome. Created 15 years ago by the government of Italy’s Umbria province, it attempts to mirror the path likely trod by St. Francis of Assisi when he went to Rome to meet Pope Innocent III in 1209. Pilgrims see true wilderness on the trail, and can encounter dogs, wild boar, snakes and other creatures that inhabit the Italian forests.
In a video message to pilgrims of the Ta Pinu Marian Shrine in Malta, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of praying the rosary which allows faithful to understand the deep tie between our lives and the life of Christ. The shrine inaugurated new mosaics by Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik depicting the mysteries of the rosary.
We know about the saints, but on pilgrimage we walk in their footsteps, visit their homes, experience their world and share in their joys and sorrows. A pilgrim needs to travel with an open mind and an open heart. The pilgrimage — like life — will open up new opportunities, present new challenges and bring about a completely new perspective on every aspect of a pilgrim’s life.