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What’s the importance of a pilgrimage?

BY The Editors

August 14-27, 2011 Issue | Posted 8/5/11 at 4:45 PM


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer ‘in Church’” (2691).

And as a later paragraphs adds, “The most appropriate places for prayer are personal or family oratories, monasteries, places of pilgrimage, and above all the church, which is the proper place for liturgical prayer for the parish community and the privileged place for Eucharistic adoration” (2696).

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