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How to go on a world-wide pilgrimage without leaving home

Now, neither age nor illness are an impediment to visit the most popular pilgrimage sites and participate in their ceremonies in real time.

Thanks to new technologies and the Vatican City State website, you can pray at John Paul II's tomb or contemplate the magnificent Eternal City from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. 

While remaining in Italy: it is possible to see St. Francis of Assisi's tomb or the Sanctuary in St. Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio is buried.

The main Marian shrines have also been included in this. It's possible to see Fatima in Portugal, Lourdes in France, Aparecida in Brazil and Guadalupe in Mexico. From the comfort of one's home, praying before images and holy sites has never been easier.

It is also possible to see other sites in Europe, such as Medjugorje in Bosnia or even different places in Poland, such as the painting of the Divine Mercy that St. Faustina Kowalska voiced to painter Eugeniusz Kazimirowski in 1934. The nun's congregation has placed a webcam in the shrine, capturing her tomb and the Divine Mercy canvas.

Thanks to the Internet, one can also visit the Holy Land. Sanctuaries such as the Basilica of the Nativity of Bethlehem and the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem allow virtual visits, permitting an in-depth view of the current state of the places where Jesus Christ walked during his life.