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Pilgrims from Rockhampton feel spiritually ‘woke’ after walking in the footsteps of Jesus

THIRTY-one pilgrims, including Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy, found themselves humbled and spiritually reawakened walking the roads Jesus walked. Fr Noel Milner, who has worked with parishes from Brisbane to Blackall, led the group with Bishop McCarthy to the Holy Land. “It is always a great spiritual privilege to go on pilgrimage – to walk where Jesus walked, as they say,” ... Read More »

The heart of London is the home of martyrs

Tyburn site of the martyrs

Brisbane photo-journalist Alan Edgecomb writes about his visit to the Tyburn Tree, a place in London where 105 Catholics were martyred during the Reformation. THEY were hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to take the oath attached to the Act of Succession. I know little of English history, so I was surprised when Borsbane Oratory priest Fr Adrian Sharp spoke ... Read More »

From Brisbane to the Holy Land

Brisbane Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Paul Chackanikunnel will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October. He writes of “the moving experience” of leading a similar pilgrimage late last year. PILGRIMS in last September’s trip to the Holy Land considered it a blessing to visit places where Jesus was born, lived, died and was resurrected. He was not ... Read More »

A walk of faith on Ireland’s holiest mountain

IF you’re ever on the west coast of Ireland, take some time out, strap on your walking shoes and take a spiritual adventure to Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. It is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It was on ... Read More »

Lebanon – a taste of the Holy Land

Basilica of Our Lady of Lebanon

Dominican Deacon Br Thomas Azzi has just returned from a trip to his land of birth, Lebanon. He writes about the beauty and history of the land of cedars. IF your definition of the Holy Land incorporates all those places where Jesus travelled on his preaching journeys, then Lebanon will most certainly have to be included. Lebanon’s rich and diverse ... Read More »

Cathedral built on salt of the earth

Cathedral built on salt of the earth

PHILIP BURKE took a trip to Colombia for his son’s wedding and stumbled upon a church that has to be seen to be believed. I HAVE been to churches all over the world but have never seen anything like the Salt Cathedral. About an hour out of Bogota in Colombia exists what has to be the most unique church in the ... Read More »

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