Travel

This is a new category we are developing in which we'll be covering pilgrimages, journeys and visits all over the world relevant to Catholics.


A moment of pure joy in Czechoslovakia: 30 years since the Velvet Revolution

Main station, Prague

In 1981, Prague was firmly locked behind the Iron Curtain. In those days, few people in the West associated the Czech capital with charming medieval architecture.

Only the well-informed recalled the Prague Spring of 1968, when Alexander Dubcek, the Communist Party leader, tried to move the country toward what he called "socialism with a human face."

His attempts to loosen the chains...

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Hungary, Before and After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The New York Cafe, Budapest

Even in 1984 it was apparent that Hungary was not like the other Eastern Bloc vassal states I had visited. The Hungarian uprising in 1956 had been crushed by the Russians, but the Politbureau in Moscow realised that the Magyars could not be contained by more repression and violence. The Soviets quietly allowed Hungary to experiment with a limited free market in agriculture. Farmers working on t...

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'Exploring Sacred Wales' set to turn tourists into pilgrims

St Nons Chapel Pembrokeshire (c)  Hawlfraint y Goron  © Crown copyright (2019) Cymru Wales

Historic churches and chapels are to become a key part of Wales' tourism offer, thanks to 'Exploring Sacred Wales', a new project from the National Churches Trust.

Working with Visit Wales, the Church in Wales, Addoldai Cymru, Cadw and other national partners, 'Exploring Sacred Wales' will see over 500 historic places of worship in Wales featured on ExploreChurches, the UK's church touris...

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Walking pilgrimage through Kent

The Blean ancient woodland

Last Tuesday, a group of us set out on a five-day ramble from Rochester to Canterbury. Walking in the steps of the medieval pilgrims through sunshine, heavy rain and wild winds - all in the same day - our journey took us down country lanes and muddy footpaths, through orchards, fields and forests, past prehistoric sites, ancient churches, castles, inns and pubs.

We began our pilgrimage at...

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Ignatian Camino in the Basque Country

Vitoria-Gasteiz

Bookings are now open for this year's Farm Street Ignatian Camino, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The trip is being led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ from Farm Street church and Jo Siedlecka from ICN.

The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging exper...

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Basque Country Camino in the steps of St Ignatius

Bookings are open for this year's Farm Street Ignatian Camino, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius,

The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day's retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseei...

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Bethlehem: Inside Banksy's Walled Off Hotel

Jonathan Cook writes: Anonymous British street artist Banksy made headlines in October when his $1.4 million artwork Girl with Balloon self-destructed by passing through a shredder concealed in its frame at a London auction moments after it had been bought. But in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, a much larger Banksy art project - a hotel boasting "the worst view in the wo...

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Spain: In St Ignatius' Footsteps

The Farm St Church Camino in the steps of St Ignatius set off on Sunday for two weeks of walking and pilgrimage in northern Spain.

The group of 19, led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, landed in Barcelona. Their first stop has been Verdu, at the Shrine and birthplace of St Peter Claver, the 17th century Jesuit priest known as the 'slave to the slaves' for his work with the slaves of what is mod...

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Saints of England pilgrimage

Holy Island

Bookings are being taken for the Landings UK and Farm Street Jesuits Saints of England Pilgrimage, which takes place from June 8th - 13th 2018. The group will follow in the footsteps of St Aidan, St Cuthbert, St Oswald, St Wilfred, The Venerable Bede and others, exploring Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, Hexham, Durham and York. For more details see the itinerary and contact detail...

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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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