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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

A graceful mother invites you to Mokama

A graceful mother invites you to Mokama

On the first Sunday of February people of all faiths flock to this graceful mother invoking her name for the pressing needs and touching moments of their life beli

Khambholaj: A mother who does not leave anybody orphaned

Khambholaj: A mother who does not leave anybody orphaned

The Mother of the Forsaken at Khambholaj does not leave out anybody from her loving fold and as parish-priest Father Lawrence Arul Das testifies, “Here people fr

The Pilgrim of Peace: Reminiscing the visit of St. Pope Paul VI to Bombay in 1964

The Pilgrim of Peace: Reminiscing the visit of St. Pope Paul VI to Bombay in 1964

The visit of Pope Paul VI to Bombay (now Mumbai) from December 2 – 5, 1964 is a testimony of unforgettable memories, stories, pictures and reports. However what

Bandra: Pilgrimage on foot to the feet of Mother Mary

Bandra: Pilgrimage on foot to the feet of Mother Mary

In the month of September for the whole of Bombay or Mumbai it is a week long festival known as Bandra Fair starting on the Sunday following 8 September and if we

Bangkok – City of Angels

Bangkok – City of Angels

The Thais call this city Krung Thep Maha Nakhon and covers an area of 605.7 kms in the Chao Phraya River delta area in central Thailand. There are many theories ab

Bone Church of Sedlec: Adventure of architecture and wonder of pilgrims

Bone Church of Sedlec: Adventure of architecture and wonder of pilgrims

It became an adventure of architecture and wonder of visitors in 1870 when the Schwarzenberg family asked the woodcarver Frantisek Rint to arrange the bones and sk

Flowers fall, faith blossoms on a hill

Flowers fall, faith blossoms on a hill

Appearing as a brown-skinned Aztec tribal woman, on December 9, 1531, to Juan Diego on the Tepeyac Hill, 700 kms away from Mexico City, Mother Mary wanted to procl

Pilgrimages: Mother Mary reigns supreme

Pilgrimages: Mother Mary reigns supreme

Indeed, if Jesus is the Way, Mary is the way to the Way, and people who flock to Marian pilgrim centres all over the world know in their hearts that without this m

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