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Pererindod Genedlaethol Gymru yn ymweld â'r Drws Trugaredd. For those of us not lucky enough to speak welsh, here are a few lovely photos of the Welsh National Pilgrimage taken by our rep Michael while they were crossing the Door of Mercy.
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2016-08-03
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Today we have a beautiful introspective #MondayMotivation. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
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How to prepare for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

This sacred destination is a once in a lifetime experience, bound to change your life. Such a deep and spiritual journey is sure to reaffirm your faith, but to make the most of this distant land steeped in history, a few simple acts can make a great difference before your trip:

1) Check your paperwork: you need a passport valid for 6 months after your date of departure. If you need to renew your passport do it as soon as possible. Official recommendation in Ireland is 2 months thanks to the summer and Brexit backlog, but of course it is better to err on the side of caution. In a pinch the An Post Express will do it in 15 working days, for a fee. Visas are not necessary for all EU, American, Australian and Canadian citizens.

2) Learn your geography and brush up on your history. Yes, your bus driver and guides will take you where you want to be, telling you all about it, but reading up before leaving lets you get that extra meaning to every mile. You can look up passages to read when near historical sites and gain a deeper understanding of what it was like for the people of the time. A little reading on history and culture will also go a long way towards understanding Jesus and this land.

3) Packing: remember to take sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It is warm year round and if you are outside visiting you will appreciate these few basic items of comfort. A pair of well broken in walking shoes is also recommended. No matter how hot it gets, some sacred places prefer modest dress (men and women) so pack some clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Your group leaders will be able to advise you as to the requirements of each place and the weather expected during the time of your travel.
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Here are some words of #wisdom and #MondayMotivation by Banani Ray
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Have a look at some very nice photos from the French Veteran’s recent visit to Lourdes
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2016-07-08
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The Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly visited Lourdes this week for their annual pilgrimage. They celebrated Grotto Mass presided by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly in the beautiful sunshine. After the photo shooting of the pilgrimage photo in Rosary Square all the Cashel pilgrims were invited back to the Accueil for the 'traditional' cup of tea organised by their fabulous team of helpers, a group of 50 young people. Among the youth leaders was also the Tipperary Rose (of Tralee), Fiona O’Sullivan. Some nice photos were taken after Mass and Anointing of the Sick together with one of the Fr. Joe Tynan and the youth leader, Eddie Golden as well as with Michael Moloney from Pallasgreen. Have a look at the photos from their pilgrimage!
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2016-06-24
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The Caribbean island St. Lucia is not only home to a stunning tropical flora and fauna, it also has some of the most amazing beaches in the West Indies. Some of these have black sand as a cause of volcanic activities on the island. Would you like to see it?
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Join our journey in the steps of Saint John Paul II in Poland. Take a trip to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, and the local shrine in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which he often visited with his father after his mother had died.
Travelling on we will come across Wieliczka, the oldest operational salt mine in Europe. The city of Krakow, where John Paul II was archbishop before his election to papacy in 1978, is certainly a must-see highlight of the pilgrimage. Wawel Hill with its castle and cathedral, the Royal Castle and the beautiful Old Town with its Market Square form the core of this magnificent city that served as Poland’s capital for centuries. Take a stroll along the old city walls and see the amazing St. Mary’s Basilica, a gothic brick church built in the 14th century.
Visit the final resting place of St. Faustina - the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, and journey on to Czestochowa, the greatest place of pilgrimage in Poland. It is famous for Poland’s national shrine to Our Lady and the Jasna Gora Monastery, not to forget the miraculous image of Black Madonna that is believed to have been painted by St. Luke the Evangelist, and which got its name from discoloration due to candle soot residue.
On our way there we will also see the former concentration camp in Auschwitz and visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in Zakopane which was built in honour to Our Lady of Fatima after the attempted assassination of Pope Jon Paul II in 1981.

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The former Portuguese colony Goa in western India faces hot and humid temperatures throughout the year with a short winter season. It houses many amazing sandy beaches and is home to some UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Basilica of Bom Jesus and the remains of Old Goa. Although a fairly non-mainstream tourist destination, Goa is a stunning place to spend your holidays. We will give you three good reasons for that:

#1 Shopping experience
You probably wouldn’t even think of shopping unless you have a slight idea of what Goa’s markets are like. During summer season you can get brilliant deals without even having to haggle. Don’t miss the colourful Anjuna Flea Market on Wednesday, when the hippies come together bearing a colourful display of second hand goods.

#2 Trance music
Goan trance developed in the 1960s and 70s as a result of hippie culture. The trance music was originally aimed to get dancers into a collective ‘trance’ through its hypnotic beats. Today it is part of Goa’s rave parties and echoes on its beaches throughout the nights.

#3 Breathtaking landscape
If local music scene isn’t your cuppa, you can still rejoice in Goa’s breathtaking scenery. It has much more to offer than just stunning beaches. Take a wander and discover lazy rivers, coconut palms, magnificent waterfalls, miles of jungle forests and astonishing cliffs. Take your chance of a bike ride through this amazing landscape and just enjoy!
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One of Italy’s major pilgrimage sites is certainly the Shrine of St. Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio, also known as Padre Pio, was a great mystic of modern times. He is said to have experienced several supernatural abilities and phenomena such as prophecy, reading of souls, being in two places at the same time, the odour of sanctity, living on very little sleep, discernment of spirits, miraculous healings, being visited by Jesus and Virgin Mary, and having a daily communication with his guardian angel. Padre Pio’s most famous gift was the stigmata which he received while praying before a crucifix in 1918. It is said that since then he has bled from the five wounds of Christ for the rest of his life and endured suffering as well as embarrassment for this. Visit the Friary of San Giovanni Rotondo where he was a priest for 52 years of his life, the crucifix where he received his stigmata as well as his birthplace in Pietrelcina.
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