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Know a Parish: The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

Know a Parish: The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi was officially elevated to a basilica by Pope Benedict XVIon October 4, 2005, when it was named the Cathedral Basilica of

Know a Parish: The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar

Know a Parish: The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar

The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar is a parish in the archdiocese of Calcutta in West Bengal, India. Actually the church was started by the Augustinian monks

New Mexico: A staircase that holds a pilgrim’s call

New Mexico: A staircase that holds a pilgrim’s call

Many experts have scrutinized this miraculous staircase and they are all at a loss to explain how it was made possible in those days using simple tools when it is

Holy Land tour minus the Egypt leg, here it is

Holy Land tour minus the Egypt leg, here it is

If you have ever gone to Holy Land, you may have found that one third of your trip was a waste. If your intention is to see Pyramids, then you will be in for a sho

Bandel Church: Pilgrimage centre with royal history

Bandel Church: Pilgrimage centre with royal history

The huge crowds that gather and the beautiful church proclaim to the world that Our Lady of the Rosary is indeed unassailable. That is what assures the pilgrims wh

Bhatebandar Mata Velankanni Church: Lourdes of Mumbai

Bhatebandar Mata Velankanni Church: Lourdes of Mumbai

The church on the hillock by the seashore is indeed a feast for the eyes and the beautiful structures around it will definitely catch your attention. See the statu

Epiphany

Epiphany

But deep within they heard
The star will lead them to The Way
Born in a manger in far away land.
They kept the gifts safe in their bags

Dangerously New: A moving God versus static religion

Dangerously New: A moving God versus static religion

The only building that can symbolize the traveler God is a pilgrim community which constantly needs to contextualize itself. It cannot have static dogmas, rituals,

Jasna Gora: Pilgrimage with badges

Jasna Gora: Pilgrimage with badges

Visited by an annual average of four million pilgrims from more than eighty countries around the world wearing badges showing the name of their town and a number i

Advent: God’s pilgrimage to humanity

Advent: God’s pilgrimage to humanity

Saint Ignatius of Loyola puts it very beautifully in his classic the Spiritual Exercises where he speaks of the Trinity looking down on the Earth and finds the hum

Lord of Goa

Lord of Goa

From the Castle of Xavier to the Casket of Goa
The man who was ready to go anywhere to straighten the crooked
And to purify the minds poisoned by the p

Holy Land – Ein Kerem, the place of the Birth of John the Baptist

Holy Land – Ein Kerem, the place of the Birth of John the Baptist

An early church on this site was used by Muslim villagers for their livestock before the Franciscans recovered it in the 17th century. The Franciscans built the pr

Holy Land – Why the Egypt leg of the trip is a terrible idea

Holy Land – Why the Egypt leg of the trip is a terrible idea

This article comes with a statutory warning. It is not sugar coated and does not seek to convince those who romanticize or over spiritualize such a pilgrimage. So

Holy Land – Three Seas and one Lake

Holy Land – Three Seas and one Lake

The Lake of Galilee also called the Lake Tiberius (named after the city that was built by Herod Antipas after his patron the Roman Emperor) is twenty one kilometre

Goa: State of Catholic Pilgrimage

Goa: State of Catholic Pilgrimage

Cross is the most hallowed symbol of Christianity and its proliferation definitely gives Goa a Christian aura and since this tiniest state was under the major Cath

Holy land – So close yet so far

Holy land – So close yet so far

Machaerus which means “black fortress” was one of a series of hilltop strongholds established by Herod the great, the father of Herod Antipas. Built along the

The Holy Land – ‘Floored’ by history – The city of Madaba

The Holy Land – ‘Floored’ by history – The city of Madaba

Madaba which means ‘calmly moving water’ in Aramaic is located about thirty kilometres south west from the capital city of Amman. In the Bible, Madaba, a Moabi

Saints and Martyrs made us Pilgrims

Saints and Martyrs made us Pilgrims

Those who mourn will be comforted, Jesus assures us from the top of the Beatitude Mountain, and think of the thousands who have gone on pilgrimage crying and with

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