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05 July

Pilgrim Stays was privileged to host two leading authorities on the Holy Land at our second Facebook Live event on 4th July 2020. Leading the webinar was Fr Praveen D’souza, OFM, Provincial of the Franciscans at Bangalore and Fr Francis Xavier OFM, who is the first Commissary of the Holy Land in India. Fr Praveen’s […]

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28 June

Erected over the tomb of St Paul the Apostle, the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura) is one of only four Major Basilicas which exist in the world. The other three Major Basilicas are St Peter’s Basilica, Basilica of St John Lateran and Saint Mary Major (Basilica […]

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17 June

Christian Pilgrimage: Talking Rome with Ashley and John Recently, Pilgrim Stays hosted an interaction with Ashley and John Noronha on Saturday, 20 June 2020. Both Ashley and John are well known Biblical personalities and hold Masters’ degrees in theology. Both of them also teach at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross at Rome. There […]

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13 June

St Anthony of Padua Born into a wealthy and noble Portuguese family, St Anthony’s was a life that saw many twists and turns. Like many great saints of his time, the pleasures of this world held no great attraction for him. Instead a burning desire to follow Christ and dedicate his life to the needy, […]

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11 June

There is no place that has captured the Catholic imagination as much as Fatima in Central Portugal. Home to less than 15000 residents, it is a major destination for Catholic pilgrims, attracting nearly 8 million of them annually. Its claim to a permanent place in the Catholic mind is based on a series of Marian […]

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07 June

Assisi, Italy He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. – St Francis of Assisi For a small town of under 30,000 people Assisi in Italy has […]

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05 June

Our Lady of Lourdes, France Up until 1858, the French town of Lourdes situated at the foothill of the Pyrenees mountain range bordering Spain, was a quiet and modest place, home to some 4000 odd people mostly engaged in agriculture. It was in this year, Bernadette Soubirous experienced a series of Marian apparitions that changed […]

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04 June

Santiago de Compostela, Spain The Santiago de Compostela or the Cathedral of Saint James the Great in Santiago, Spain is a UNESCO World heritage site, built over the burial site of St James, one of the first Apostles of Jesus. It is located in the region of Galicia, in north-western Spain and is the destination […]

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21 May

Quite often a Christian is asked simple questions about his religion mostly by non-Christians. While many of the obviously basic queries are straightforward and can be answered off the cuff, some might require a deeper understanding. Pilgrim Stays has attempted to put some of these questions into a simple, easy to understand format. The casual […]

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18 May

The order that powers Potta Retreat Although the Vincentian Congregation is not so well known outside the Syro-Malabar community of Kerala, their flagship Retreat Centre is known to almost every Catholic in India. The institution in question, of course, is the Divine Retreat Centre at Muringoor in Kerala, more popularly known as the Potta Retreat […]

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