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The Way – a New-found Interest in an Old Tradition


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

A new movie called The Way, has called attention to an ancient practice known as a pilgrimage, which according to the Encyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices is “the practice of traveling to a holy place to obtain some spiritual benefit.” Christians have been making pilgrimages for centuries, some to places that Christ was known to have visited, and others to shrines or other holy places associated with the Blessed Mother or the saints. One of the most famous pilgrimages which has been memorialized for all time in The Canterbury Tales is the pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket in England.

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