Walking the Via Francigena

A number of diocesan priests have been making an annual walking pilgrimage along the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrimage route that connects Canterbury to Rome. They have been walking the Italian part from the Swiss border to Rome, for one week every year in September. So far they have completed five stages. This year they walked from Lucca to San Gimignano in Tuscany. Pictured after celebrating Mass at the Church of San Domenico in San Miniato, they are from left to right: Canon Gerard King (Highbury), Fr Robert Pachuta (Edgware), Fr John Deehan (Kentish Town), Fr Stepen Willis (Willesden), Canon Peter Newby (St Margarets-on-Thames), Fr Antonio Serra (Italian Mission), Fr John Farrell OP (retreat giver), Monsignor John Conneely (Judicial Vicar) and Fr Sławomir Witon (Enfield).