When All the Candles Go Out: Our Family’s Lourdes Lesson

Erin McCole CuppMarian Shrines of Europe, Pilgrims' Stories

By Erin McCole Cupp “You’re going to Lourdes? Oh, the Candlelight Rosary Procession—it’s so beautiful! You’ll love it.” I heard this from many corners as we prepared for our family’s pilgrimage. As the summer approached, our family read books about Lourdes, poured over the Lourdes website, and watched videos and documentaries. I remember the five … Read More

Our Latest Saint: Pope Paul VI, The “Original” Pilgrim Pope

Mel UllrichChurch News

Most Catholics today lovingly refer to St. John Paul II as “The Pilgrim Pope.” After all, during his 26 years as pontiff, he made pilgrimages to 129 different countries on six continents. But this month, we celebrate the canonization of the “original” Pilgrim Pope, Pope Paul VI. Now known as St. Paul VI, he was … Read More

How Pilgrimage Changes Lives

Andrea JoinesPilgrims' Stories

As Pilgrim Relationship Coordinator, I have the privilege of interacting with hundreds of pilgrims each year, both before and after their transformational pilgrimage experiences. Through these encounters – on the phone or via e-mail – I know it is not an exaggeration to say a pilgrimage is a life-changing event in the faith life of … Read More

3 Things You Must Do Before You Make a Pilgrimage:
A Spiritual Preparation Guide

Erin McCole CuppCamino de Santiago, Marian Shrines of Europe

So, you’ve decided to make a pilgrimage. You’ve registered, purchased insurance, and obtained the right travel documents … but there’s so much more to a pilgrimage than the practicalities of travel! You’re not just going on a vacation. You’re putting yourself in God’s hands in a very special way, asking Him to show you what … Read More

St. John the Baptist: Cousin, Outcast, Commencer

Brianna CampbellHoly Land

The Man A distant cousin of Jesus, John makes his first appearance in the Gospels when the angel Gabriel first announces his conception to Elizabeth and Zechariah, an aging couple who had previously been unable to bear children. Overcome with disbelief at the angel’s message, Zechariah voiced his skepticism and was instantly stricken with muteness, … Read More

The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicChurch News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict). 1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger … Read More

Medjugorje Pilgrim Experiences Remarkable Graces & Answered Prayers

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

“We think of  Lent as a time of stripping away. This year, my Lent was incredibly challenging in multiple ways,” Thirty-two-year-old Maria of Indianapolis, Indiana shares. “I was going through a period of desolation. I just kept thinking, hold on to Easter, hold on to Easter, things will get better.” Easter Sunday came and, despite … Read More

Holy Smokes!

Brianna CampbellCamino de Santiago

This church, while nearly one thousand years old, has many features to admire, but perhaps the most interesting is found on the inside, and only makes appearances on special occasions. This spectacle is called the Botafumiero, and it is one of the largest thuribles in the world.

Fr. Leon Pereira – What Role Does Private Revelation Play in Our Faith?

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

Last week we began a two-part series with Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English-Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje. We looked at the Church’s current ruling on the Medjugorje apparitions, and Fr. commented on a quote from Archbishop Henrik Hoser – “The light far outweighs the shadows.” This week, we’ll turn our attention to the question, “Do … Read More

Medjugorje Chaplain Fr. Leon Pereira Provides Food for Thought Regarding Vatican Approval

Stephanie EngelmanMedjugorje

Recently, Fr. Leon Pereira, Chaplain to English Speaking Pilgrims in Medjugorje, spoke with Medjugorje pilgrimage leader Ann Vucic about the status of the Holy See’s approval of the Medjugorje apparitions, and whether the faithful are allowed to come to Medjugorje. Fr. Leon’s words offered substantial food for thought regarding pilgrimage to Medjugorje. Over the next … Read More

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth – The Saints Who’ve Stood the Test of Time

Brianna CampbellFrance, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje

What does “incorrupt” mean?The word “incorrupt” means “not having undergone decomposition, especially of a human body.” When a body is exhumed for examination and judged incorruptible, they are generally seen as a saint, although the state of incorruptibility no longer is counted as a miracle towards an individual’s cause for sainthood, as it was in … Read More