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Do pilgrimages have an place in todays world?

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  • Do pilgrimages have an place in todays world?

    At one time pilgrimages held special significance, actually visiting, and praying, in a place with historical importance.

    But today we have the internet, we can see a place from the comfort of our living room.

    One group has been closed off from Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Gaza Christians. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/n...erusalem-24532

    Has anyone here ever visited Jerusalem?

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    I have been to Israel, and more specifically, Jerusalem, not so much as a "pilgrimage", but for the value of actually walking the ground I preach and teach about.

    I plan on going back again.

    As for Gaza Christians - it's not that they're not allowed to visit Bethlehem or Jerusalem - it's that they're not allowed to travel from Gaza --- blame Hamas.
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      Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post
      I have been to Israel, and more specifically, Jerusalem, not so much as a "pilgrimage", but for the value of actually walking the ground I preach and teach about.

      I plan on going back again.
      I've been to Israel on pilgrimage, and would love to go back again. Seeing a place from the internet pales into insignificance beside actually being there.
      As for Gaza Christians - it's not that they're not allowed to visit Bethlehem or Jerusalem - it's that they're not allowed to travel from Gaza --- blame Hamas.
      The article linked says differently - they can travel from Gaza, just not to Jerusalem or the West Bank.

      (Also, one can get a Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies? )
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        Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
        I've been to Israel on pilgrimage, and would love to go back again. Seeing a place from the internet pales into insignificance beside actually being there.

        The article linked says differently - they can travel from Gaza, just not to Jerusalem or the West Bank.

        (Also, one can get a Master of Arts in John Paul II Studies? )
        Did not know there was such a thing. But given the volume and depth of his work, I am not surprised. I think later generations will view him aa another Augustine or Aquinas.

        Have you ever read any of his works?

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          Originally posted by simplicio View Post
          Did not know there was such a thing. But given the volume and depth of his work, I am not surprised. I think later generations will view him aa another Augustine or Aquinas.

          Have you ever read any of his works?
          I have his Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body on my bookshelf, waiting to be read.
          Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. – St. John Chrysostom

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