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Pilgrims arrive at Jasna Gora shrine to pray before Our Lady of Częstochowa.

40,000 Catholics make pilgrimage to Our Lady of Czestochowa in Poland

Aug 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The traditional walking pilgrimage to venerate an icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa housed in the shrine dates back... Read more

Four pilgrims from Pelplin, northern Poland, arrive in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, July 14, 2021.

Polish Catholics arrive in Rome after 17-day cycling pilgrimage

Jul 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The group raised funds for a hospice. Read more

A portrait of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, by Antonella Cappuccio. Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus creating Fr. Michael McGivney pilgrimage center

Aug 5, 2020

The Knights of Columbus announced plans to create a new pilgrimage center for visitors to encounter the spirituality of the... Read more

Álvaro Calvente, center, arrives in Santiago de Compostela July 13, 2020.

Disabled teen encouraged by Pope Francis after walking Camino de Santiago

Jul 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Spanish teenager with an intellectual disability received an encouraging letter from Pope Francis after walking the Camino de Santiago... Read more

Camino de Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral reopens to pilgrims

Jul 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pilgrims can walk the Camino de Santiago once again as the pilgrimage’s destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, reopened... Read more

Participants in the 2019 pilgrimage in Maine.

Maine teens hike 70 miles in pilgrimage of prayer to end addiction and depression

Sep 1, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

For the second year in a row, 11 Maine teens embarked on a 70-mile pilgrimage to pray for their communities... Read more

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament along route of Chartres pilgrimage June 9, 2019.

Chartres Pentecost pilgrimage draws 14,000

Jun 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

More than 14,000 Catholics walked 62 miles from Paris to Chartres Cathedral in three days in an annual Pentecost pilgrimage... Read more

A group of nuns at Namugongo Martyrs' Shrine during Pope Francis’s visit on November 28, 2015.

Rwandan troops block pilgrims from attending Ugandan martyr celebration

Jun 4, 2019

Some 200 Rwandans were blocked by national troops from crossing the border with Uganda to attend a pilgrimage in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at Romania's Șumuleu-Ciuc Shrine June 1, 2019.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Transylvania’s Marian pilgrimage shrine

Jun 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday at a 16th century Marian pilgrimage site in Transylvania, calling upon the Romanians and Hungarians... Read more

Participants in the 2019 St. Joseph’s pilgrimage in St. Louis.

Why these men walked 24 miles to the ‘Rome of the Midwest’

May 8, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

It can be hard to find time for silent reflection in today’s bustling modern society. But a group of men... Read more

The Scala Sancta during their recent restoration.

Rome's 'Holy Stairs' uncovered for the first time in 300 years

Apr 11, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bare, white marble of Rome’s ‘Scala Sancta,’ which are believed to be the stairs trod by Christ on the... Read more

Catholic Worker Movement women at sexual abuse victims' vigil in Rome Feb. 21, 2019.

Women of Catholic Worker Movement on prayerful pilgrimage for abuse summit

Feb 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

American women from the Catholic Worker Movement are in Rome this week to pray for the Vatican’s sexual abuse summit... Read more

John Moore bears a cross along US 50 in Nevada during his cross-country pilgrimage.

He's walked 2,800 miles to the March for Life

Jan 17, 2019

Last weekend, John Moore arrived at the Washington Monument in the US capital, after a walking pilgrimage from San Francisco... Read more

Bishops at the 2018 synod of bishops.

A synod summary from the Polish synod fathers – Oct 25

Oct 26, 2018

On the morning of October 25th , the Synod Fathers went on a pilgrimage ad Petri Sedem.  Read more

2018 Marian pilgrimage in Centralia, Penn. Photo courtesy of Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

Hundreds gather for Marian pilgrimage to Pennsylvania town on fire

Aug 30, 2018

By Perry West

Centralia, Pennsylvania, is on fire … literally: a coal fire has been raging underneath the town for more than 50... Read more

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Walking, biking pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe draws 60,000

Jul 25, 2018

By foot and by bicycle, some 60,000 people arrived at the Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City on July 22, for... Read more

Christ's tomb within The Edicule (shrine) inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Coming soon: A virtual tour of the tomb of Jesus

Nov 9, 2017

By Perry West

Next week, the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., will open a 3D virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre, the... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2017.

This boy invited Pope Francis on a pilgrimage – and here's how he responded

Jul 23, 2017

Nine-year-old Andrea is an Italian boy who joined 130 children last month for a “Pilgrimage of Joy” to the Marian... Read more

Camino de Santiago.

Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

Jul 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host... Read more

French bicyclists at St Mary's Cathedral in Krakow's Market Square.

French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Jul 28, 2016

By Kate Veik

Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine... Read more