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JOSP: A festival focused on pilgrimages sets the stage in Rome

2010-01-25


Samanta Tata
Organizer ‘JOSP Fest’

“At least once a year we want to bring together all the cultures and initiatives that focus on trips that are centered around spirituality. It’s aimed at travelers with a specific intention, one that goes deeper than getting some sun on the beach or enjoying the local cuisine.”

This year one of the places that’s captivating a lot of the attention is Spain which is celebrating Compostela Holy Year.

Pitusa Fariña Reboredo
Caminos de Santiago

“When July 25th coincides with a Sunday, that’s considered a Holy Year. But it only takes place, every 6, 5, 6, and 11 years. And this year marks the end of the cycle because there won’t be another holy year for another 11 years.”

Poland, the home country of John Paul II, is also getting a lot of people’s attention. One of the attractions there is a center that’s under construction in Krakow dedicated to Karol Wojtyla. It will feature a museum, a sanctuary, library, conference rooms and a center for the formation of volunteers. People from all 5 continents donated money for it’s construction.

Pawez Kozakiewicz
‘Have no Fear’

“Near the sanctuary of the Divine Mercy, we have built a church dedicated to the pope. It will also serve as a museum dedicated to his life, from the time he was a child to his pontificate. We want to tell his story to all those who visit the place he was born.”

Developing countries were also among the 300 exhibitors at JOSP fest, thanks to the help of the organization. However due to the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, the country was absent this year. Instead JOSP accepted donations to deliver to the victims of the quake.

There were also musical acts, meetings and presentations for pilgrims. The JOSP fest, which is in it’s second year, has turned into a convention for those who want to travel to placed where they can find themselves closer to the Lord.

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