We began our final day in Jerusalem on foot and walked through the Armenian quarter of the city to visit Mount Zion. Our first stop was the Church of the Dormition, the traditional site of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. The...Read more
This morning we travelled to Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, to celebrate Mass with the local parish at the Church of the Annunciation. All the pilgrims were particularly moved by this Mass, seeing the great faith of these people despite the hardships ...Read more
Today we were fortunate to experience Jerusalem entirely on foot, walking in the footsteps of Christ through his Passion. We began our day with Mass early in the morning in the Chapel of the Crusaders in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
In h...Read more
This morning we travelled west of Tiberias to Cana, the place where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding that he attended with his mother and disciples.
Gathered in courtyard of the Church of the Wedding Feast, Fr John read the account o...Read more
As we drove out of Galilee, Fr John led the group in a reflection, not on the places where Jesus taught, but on what he taught: the mercy of God. He went on to say: ‘as we have been gifted with faith in Jesus, let us be men and women of mercy an...Read more
Having arrived in darkness the previous evening, we had not seen the vast expanse of the Sea of Galilee in front of our hotel, but this morning we woke to breathtaking views across the Sea.
Our first port of call was further round the shore to ...Read more
On this, the last day of the pilgrimage, some pilgrims visit the baths, while others do the Stations of the Cross, either on the hill or on the plain. Later, there is the closing Mass and the passage through the Grotto to light the Diocesan candle...Read more
On Day 4, the pilgrims visited the Cite St Pierre for Mass in the morning. In the afternoon, Westminster will lead the Blessed Sacrament procession. Here, Cardinal Vincent introduces the day and explains that the procession is a sign of Jesus walk...Read more
On this day, the pilgrims joined the international Mass which took place in the underground Basilica of St Pius X.
In his video message today, Cardinal Vincent explains that, although pilgrims come from a diversity of countries, we all share ...Read more
On Tuesday, the pilgrimage moves to St Bernadette's parish church of Sacre-Coeur for Mass in the morning. In the afternoon, the Anointing of the Sick will be administered. Listen to Cardinal Vincent introducing the day's events and their significa...Read more
Well here we all are again in Lourdes, all eight hundred of us. Thanks be to God. Our first Mass this morning was celebrated in the Grotto itself in the type of conditions the Irish call 'soft'. Yes, a very gentle rain floated stead...Read more
Today marked the last full day of the pilgrimage before the main diocesan group heads home tomorrow after what has been a monumental week and a half in the Holy Land.
The group started the day by visiting some of the projects we have supporte...Read more
We arrived at our hotel in the heart of Bethlehem last night and as seems to often be the case with this pilgrimage, our expectations were very much exceeded. The Manger Square Hotel is a very modern and cosmopolitan hotel and our arrival was comp...Read more