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A Few Words About Pope Francis PILGRIMAGE to the Holy Land

First of all what exactly IS a pilgrimage? First, what it is NOT. It is not a political exercise.

What it IS:

The word “pilgrim,” derived from the Latin peregrinum, conveys the idea of wandering over a distance, but it is not just aimless wandering. It is a journey with a purpose, and that purpose is to honor God.

Pilgrimage has a long history in the true religion. Once the temple was built at Jerusalem (ca. 957 B.C.), all Jewish men were obliged to present themselves at it for the three major feasts: Pesach (the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or Passover), Shavu’ot (the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles, or Festival of Ingathering), as per God’s ordinance in Deuteronomy 16:16-17. On their way to the Temple, they would sing the “pilgrim songs” (also called “songs of assent” or “gradual canticles”), namely, Psalms 119-133. To this day, these feasts are called, “Pilgrimage Festivals” by the Jews.


If you’re interested in a Catholic pilgrimage here is one outlet:

Fr Mitch Pacwa,a bi-ritual Catholic priest(Maronite/Latin)who appears frequently on EWTN and hosts the series, Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live both, offers pilgrimages-usually to the Holy Land

Tomorrow I will do a final blog Pope Francis PILGRIMAGE to the Holy Land that will focus on Our Holy Father’s real intent with this visit. 

the Official Site for  Pope Francis Holy Land  Pilgrimage


franciscan cross in holy land with sky

Franciscan Cross of Holy Land


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