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CATHOLIC SHRINES & PILGRIMAGES & OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION
 
 
 
Please Note: As with all larger listings, some information may not be current, it is best to call ahead.


 A Virtual Pilgrimage Through the Homeland of Jesus - Online pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, with many photos and explanations,  Scriptures and meditations

"In approximately 33 AD, Jesus of Nazareth was condemned to death, crucified on Mount Golgotha and buried in a tomb that had been excavated in a nearby garden. After three days he rose from the dead. From this moment the Tomb of the Resurrection became the central place of faith for all Christianity."


"A classic work, published in 1930, stands the test of time - I have just been re-reading sections of the classic work by Fr A.G Sertillanges: What Jesus Saw from the Cross (Sophia Press). I first wrote about this book, first published in 1930, at this time last year. It is well worth revisiting. Sertillanges had spent a year in Jerusalem in 1923 and this inspired his reflections."

"Never has there been spiritual reading as powerful as What Jesus Saw from the Cross, the book that will intensify your love for Jesus by burning the events of His Passion into your memory and imagination."

Aristotle Travel - "Our expert staff of travel professionals are uniquely trained and equipped to plan, manage and deliver the most demanding and exclusive travel program to any part of Greece or the Eastern Mediterranean. Members of our staff speak many languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, French, Greek and Arabic."

A Trip to the Shrine of Our Lady at Akita - "The shrine is a Vatican approved Marian apparition site where one of the nuns from the convent was blessed with the vision of Our Lady, and a statue of Mary shed actual human tears."

Bordeaux Pilgrim - This itinerary (also known as Itinerarium Burdigalense) is the earliest description left by a Christian traveler in the Holy Land.

Camino deSantiago - Resource for pilgrims walking across northern Spain.  Help with planning, books, albergues and information required before going.

Camino de Santiago - Article, FAQs, map, distance chart (in kilometers), reading list.  From the Telegraph Online.

Catholic Pilgrimages - 206 Tours specializes in arranging pilgrimages and spiritual journeys.

Catholic Shrines (USA) - Scroll down the Home page to view sites listed for a particular state.

Catholic Travel Centre - Religious group travel and custom pilgrimages to Europe and the Holy Land.  Popular itineraries, information on arranging a special custom tour.

Footprints of God Pilgrimages - "Steve and Janet Ray are the writers, producers and hosts of the Footprints of God video series. Steve is the author of three best selling books... They began research and exploration in the Middle East starting with their conversion to the Catholic Church in 1994. Since then they have visited the Middle East and Europe over 50 times exploring, writing and filming in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, France, and Italy."

Holy Places in Spain - Spanish tour operator specializing in customized travel to important Christian sites in Spain and Portugal, as well as Lourdes, or can help with arrangements to be in Spain for Semana Santa.  Sample itineraries.

Knock Shrine Association of America - Make travel arrangements to the Marion Shrine in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.

Lough Derg - News and information from St. Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

Marytown - National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe - "Pilgrims are welcome to venerate the relics of this Polish Conventual Franciscan priest, publisher, theologian and evangelist.  His life of charity and heroic death in the Auschwitz death camp is commemorated in our Kolbe/Holocaust Exhibit.  Saint Maximilian is considered the patron of journalists, families, prisoners, the pro-life movement, those afflicted with chemical dependency and eating disorders, and the media communications.  Come and visit an inspirational place of prayer, hospitality, evangelization, and personal spiritual growth!"

 
Soul of the City - Description of the Holy Week Rites in Taranto, Italy. History, terminology, and images. [English, Spanish]

The Way of St. James - Information on the Santiago de Compostela Holy Year.  In several languages.

Westminster Cathedral (United Kingdom) - "Parish & Community - News & Events - Mass & Services - Music - History & Art - Shop."
 
 

OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT TRAVEL/TOURISM WEBSITES
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Department of Health and Human Services Provides information on: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Smallpox, Terrorism and Public Health.  "Recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships." 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - "Primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters."

Department of Transportation (DOT) - Air Travel InformationTraveler and consumer information. 

FHWA Operations Security Office of Operations - (Part of U.S. Dept. of Transportation). "To ensure that surface transportation operating agencies throughout the nation have the necessary tools, techniques, information, and understanding to be able to prevent when possible, prepare for, respond to, and recover from both natural and man-made disasters." 

National Park Service - Find A Park by State - Enjoy the beauty of the things God has created for us.  Park Guide (listing of all National Parks).  Reservations and Passes, and other information.

 
OTHER TRAVEL/TOURISM RESOURCES
 
MapQuest.com - "Receives more than 26 million visitors every month and serves up over 10 million maps and directions each day." 

ParishesOnline - "Find Catholic Churches, Mass Times, Pastors, Bulletins, Maps, Dioceses, Schools...Over 20,000 listings.  Full-time staff dedicated to hundreds of updates daily."  Note: As with all listings,some information may not be up-to-date, it is best to call ahead.