In autumn 2017, 181 people from 12 dioceses from across Ireland took part in our special pilgrimage ... read more
Celebrating 10 years of the Pope John Paul II Award
This year, the Pope John Paul II Award is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark this special occasion and celebrate the achievements of over 25,000 young people in Ireland and Britain who have received the Award, a special pilgrimage to the Vatican in Rome will take place in October 2017.
Pilgrimage programme for those taking part in the Pope John Paul II Award pilgrimage to Rome is ... read more
What is a pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating it or to ask for heavenly aid, and ultimately to come to know God better. Christian pilgrimages were first made to sites connected with the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Shortly after, pilgrimages started being made to Rome and other sites associated with the Apostles, Saints and Christian martyrs, as well as places where there had been apparitions of the Virgin Mary. In the past, pilgrims would leave their homes, families, and comforts to walk for hundreds of miles with nothing but what they could carry on their backs. Just as the pilgrims from the early centuries, we modern pilgrims also leave our homes, families and comforts in order to journey to sacred places.
Source: World Youth Day