According to the
is a journey to a holy place made in a religious manner and for a religious
"A journey to a
sacred place undertaken as an act of religious devotion, either simply in order
to venerate it or to ask the fulfilment of some need or as an act of penance or
thanksgiving, or a combination of these. After the 8th century they were often
imposed in substitution for public penance. Contrary to some common notions, a
pilgrimage is not necessarily penitential, it need not be performed under
conditions of physical discomfort or with great solemnity, nor are ordinary
means of travel, e.g., by train or motor-car, essentially out of harmony with
it." (Catholic Dictionary)
Among other places
Fatima), pilgrimages may be made to locations such as...
Jerusalem and the Holy Places, Lourdes, Bruges (the Holy Blood), the Holy House
at Loreto, our Lady's shrines at Einsiedeln (Switzerland), Genazzano (Italy), La
Salette (France), Vailankanni (Madras), Oostacker (Belgium) and Montserrat
(Spain), Ste. Anne de Beaupré at Quebec, Ste. Anne d'Auray and Paray-le-Monial
(France), Croagh Patrick, St. Patrick's Purgatory in Lough Derg (Ireland)"
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