Our Pilgrimages

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British Saints

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The Holy Land

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Rome

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Fatima

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The Compostela Coach-Trip

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In the Footsteps of the Saints

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Organised Pilgrimages

The SimplePilgrim goes to Rome

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Where do you begin when visiting Rome? It would be wonderful to have a few weeks free to see everything!

For me, the essential elements of a Pilgrimage to this city, involve visiting the Tombs of our greatest Saints, Saint Peter, and St. Paul. It is easy in St. Peter's Basilica to be overwhelmed by the grandeur of the building, the fabulous works of art, and, more recently, the embalmed bodies of St. Pope John Paul II, and Saint Pope John XXIII. Yet Mass in the Crypt, near Peter's Sepulchre, is a humbling experience. Paul's remains are to be found in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. In my view, the simplicity of this light and airy building, makes it the most beautiful of the Roman Churches. It was when praying here, that I felt at peace for the first time in this frenetic city.

A tour of the Old City of Rome, to be found in and around the Palatine Hill, sets Peter and Paul's cruel deaths in the historical context of a powerful, yet fading, Empire, threatened by a force that it did not understand. Thinking of the very many Christians who died in the Colosseum, makes you realise how fortunate we are to be able to worship freely.

A Papal General Audience with Peter's successor, reminds us of how universal the Church actually is, with delegations of the faithful from all over the world. When I was there, the roar from the crowd as Pope Francis entered St. Peter's Square, was truly deafening! It was a moment of great excitement, and joy, making you feel proud to be amongst such wonderful people.

The Itinerary below, reflects my thoughts on a Pilgrimage to Rome, but each one of us will, no doubt, have a different view! It is up to you to decide!

Sample Itinerary: Rome

Day 1: Flight to Rome. Mass at St Pauls Outside the Walls.

Day 2: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: Piazza Del Campidoglio, Palatine Hill and Museum, Colosseum and Roman Forum. Private Mass at San Pietro in Vincoli. Visit to St Peter in Chains. Visit to venerabile Collegio Inglese.

Day 3: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: Private Mass at San Clemente Church, tour of San Clemente Church, St Praxedes Church, Pantheon Church, Piazza Di Spagna, Trevi Fountain.

Day 4: Papal Audience followed by a Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: Sant Angelo Castle, and a private Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore.

Day 5: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: Private Mass at St Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica, Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Day 6: Private Mass at Basilica of St Pauls Outside the Walls. Full-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: the Basilica, the Santa Sabina Church, the San Callisto Catacombs, the Diocletian Baths, the Santa Priscilla Catacombs, Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

Day 7: Private Mass at San Giovanni in Laterano. Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, including: San Giovanni in Latero Church, Scala Santa Monument and the Galleria Doria Pamphili. Flight home.

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