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
Even though the weather the previous evening had taken somewhat of a turn, spirits continued to remain high as we began day 5. This week we have slowly moved through the various chapters towards the Lord’s Passion and today we undertook the culm...Read more
The day began with Mass in the desert in a landscape which can only be described as immense. The Mass, which commemorated John the Baptist, served as a perfect and memorable tool for understanding more deeply the Scriptures. In this vein, Fr John ...Read more
After celebreating Mass at Dominus Flevit, Cardinal Vincent reflected on the journey to Jerusalem thus far as the call to prayer for the Muslims sounded in the background:
After lunch, we went to M...Read more
The pilgrimage is well underway. As we made our journey to Nazareth in the morning, our guide told us of the plight of Christians in the Holy Land. Recent events makes it feel rather odd that our pilgrimage is one of such tranquility amidst seriou...Read more
We all arose after our first nights stay at Golan Hotel in the heart of Tiberias in the late morning. Every pilgrim commented on the breathtaking view from the hotel which surveys the Sea of Galilee in anticipation of the events of the day.
We ...Read more
Following a a very pleasant early morning flight, the Diocesan Pilgrimage arrived at Tel Aviv Airport at 17:00 local time (3pm British time). Arriving to glorious sunshine we drove to Tiberias overlooking the Sea of Galilee and arrived...Read more
On Wednesday, the pilgrims attende
d Mass at the Grotto.
Prior to the Mass, Fr Roger Reader undertook a very special commission on behalf of the young offenders in his care at Feltham Young Offenders Prison.
As Cardinal Vincent explaine...Read more
On Wednesday, the International Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of St Pius X, also known as the underground Cathedral.
Cardinal Vincent was the principal celebrant, along with bishops and priests from several countries. The Mass was att...Read more
On day 2, the pilgrims attended a Mass with the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at the chapel of St Bernadette Cote Grotte. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was the principal celebrant, and he was joined by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop John ...Read more