What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
World

The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
Pope Francis

Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
Vatican

Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

The Via Francigena, or the Camino de Santiago to Rome

2016-01-14

Via Francigena is a pilgrimage route that starts in Canterbury, England, and ends in Rome. Lately, its been booming. The more than one thousand mile road has seen a 30 percent increase in pilgrimage in the last year, and its expected to grow even more during the Jubilee of Mercy.

There are more than 80 steps that need to be taken to reach the Eternal City, using this particular path. The people who are promoting it have a dream in mind.

MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"Via Francigena wants to emulate the success of the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage of lay and religious people to the tomb of Santiago and the pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter are similar. Through important localities as in our case if Italy and Spain. Today, Via Francigena has fewer  pilgrims than Santiago. The numbers from 2014 are 35,000 compared to 230,000 in Santiago. We are currently at just 15 percent of the numbers.”

Just a few weeks before the start of the Jubilee of Mercy, 86 cities are working together to promote Via Francigena. They have improved the road signs and safety in four countries: England, France, Switzerland and Italy. But this approach is not limited by those traveling by foot to Rome.

MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"It is a project of the city officials to create accessible trails for each walking route. For example, in Tuscany, there is already a road adopted for bicycles and many are traveling also using back roads, even by horseback.”

The development of railways and  improvements of roads has made the walking to Rome impossible in the last century. The recovery of the Via Francigena only happened a few years ago, in 2011.


MASSIMO TEDESCHI
President, European association of Via Francigena
"We talked about only it 14 years ago. It is when a group of mayors of 30 different municipalities, to be exact, discussed the project of the Council of Europe: the Via Francigena. In sensed, because of an intuition, that by promote the Via Francigena, we would create a flow, like that of Santiago, as they walked toward Rome.”

Currently, they are working on an agreement with the Government of Galicia, in Spain. They want the Camino de Santiago to promote the Via Francigena, in an exchange for them promoting Santiago.