A 400 Year Old Cathedral, With an Astronaut Carved on the Exterior?

Stephanie EngelmanMarian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

In Salamanca, Spain, the “New Cathedral” – built from 1513 to 1733 – has a carving of a modern day astronaut on its exterior. One might wonder if the original architect received a prophetic vision. No, it was the work of a renegade artist who decided to carve strange figures into the stone. Apparently, the same artist also carved a … Read More

Fatima 100th Anniversary Indulgence

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Upcoming Pilgrimages

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017. The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, André Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained … Read More

St. James and the Camino de Santiago

Richard SontagFrance, Upcoming Pilgrimages

St. James, Pray for Us! The last two weeks in July, the city of Santiago de Compostela celebrates its biggest festival of the year: St. James Festival or the Apostle Festival (Festas do Apóstolo). St. James is the patron saint of Santiago de Compostela but also Galicia; which means St. James Day is also Galicia Day and a holiday in … Read More

WYD 2016 in Poland? Here’s what one bishop wants you to know

Richard SontagChurch News, Upcoming Pilgrimages, World Youth Day

(By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News).- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice. The Bridgeport prelate, who is serving as World Youth Day Liason for the U.S. bishops, acknowledged that attending the global gathering in Poland next summer will have a cost – … Read More

College Seminarians Close Out Semester with Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

WebmasterHoly Land, Upcoming Pilgrimages

Fun, education and spiritual growth are the goals being accomplished by 23 seminarians from Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary in Indianapolis while traveling with Tekton Ministries Catholic Pilgrimages to the Holy Land. There, they will spend the first 11 days of their winter break on a pilgrimage of a lifetime. “Yesterday I experienced more beauty than I have on any … Read More