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London: Evening on Ignatian Camino

Find out more about the Farm Street Camino, in the steps of St Ignatius Loyola this Thursday evening. There will be presentations, video, and Catalan food and wine at Farm Street Church Hall at 6.45pm on 16 November.

In his autobiography St Ignatius calls himself simply "the pilgrim" and describes his Camino in the year 1522 from his home town of Loyola in the Basque Country across northe...

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Joining The Dots In Jordan

Photo: Fr Rob Esdaile

A Christian pilgrimage to Jordan is certainly an eye-catching proposition, though perhaps not the most obvious undertaking. For, unless you wish to submit to the indignities of Israeli border security at the Allenby Bridge, you are shut out from what we normally call 'The Holy Land'. You also find yourself in a country with relatively few church buildings, other than those unearthed by archaeol...

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Ignatian Camino: Invitation to walk in the steps of St Ignatius

Montserrat in the distance

Bookings are being taken now for the Ignatian Camino, a walking pilgrimage in the steps of St Ignatius Loyola, which will take place from departing 24 September - 7 October 2017, led by Fr Dominic Robinson from Farm Street Church and Jo Siedlecka, editor of ICN. In his autobiography St Ignatius calls himself simply “the pilgrim” and describes his Camino in the year 1522 from his home town o...

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City of Caravaca de la Cruz celebrates Holy Year

Caravaco from the Sanctuary

It's Holy Jubilee Year again in the beautiful, historic town of Caravaca de la Cruz, in the north-east of Región de Murcia, in Spain - one of just five holy cities in the world. Each of the five holy cities - the others are Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Santo Toribio de Liébana - are, by Papal authority, allowed to celebrate the Perpetual Jubilee - a celebration every seven year...

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Mexico City - a place of pilgrimage

Forget a certain politician's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border, the capital Mexico City is a place of pilgrimage and vibrant culture. It's just been listed as one of this year's travel hot spots, to boot, as Julia Gregory discovers.

You hear the singing first. It draws you towards the place of pilgrimage. Then you round the corner and spot a copy of the image of th...

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Walking in the steps of St Ignatius, On to Manresa (#4)

On the bridge at Manresa

When Ignatius left Montserrat he had hoped to go to Barcelona to embark on a ship for the Holy Land. On his way he learned there was a plague in the city and the gates were closed to travellers - so he went to Manresa instead. This was the place which became a real school of his spiritual growth.

Walking down the steep path from Montserrat was much easier than going up! Eventuall...

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Walking in the steps of St Ignatius, The Last Leg (#3)

Climber above Montserrat

The last leg of the journey up from Iguelada to Monsterrat was exciting, as the steep road, still covered in morning clouds, took us along hairpin bends and curves up and up the mountain. From the top there were magnificent views of Catalan landscape - and behind us, the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat carved into the rock underneath huge outcrops that looked like lumbering g...

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Editor's note - back from the Ignatian Camino

Montserrat on the horizon

Dear ICN readers - Have just got back from walking the Ignatian Camino. (Many thanks to Ellen and Simon Teague, Bess Twiston Davies and others who kept the news up to date on ICN while I was away).

A group of us, led by Father Dominic Robinson SJ, went on the eight-day 200 km trek in the steps of St Ignatius Loyola - from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù across Catalunya t...

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Walking in the steps of St Ignatius, 20K a Day (#2)

Hossein and Bill with Montserrat on the horizon

For the last three days we have been on the road, averaging 20K a day - from Cevera to Montmaneu, on to La Panadella, and Igualada. The weather has been hot and sunny, the scenery rugged, our path taking us across agricultural land with beautiful wild flowers, down busy highways, through villages and towns. We've met some friendly people and I've realised of course this is Catalonia - not Spain...

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Walking in the steps of St Ignatius, Beginning Our Journey (#1)

Fr Dominic, Veronica, Jo, Hossein, Bill

A group of walkers from Farm Street Church in London are on a ten-day 'Ignatian Camino' to Montserrat, to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. They will be following the route that St Ignatius walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù, across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa.<...

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