April Is Pilgrimage Month

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IF May is the Month of Festivals, April is the Month of Pilgrimages. April is the month when people from various walks of life from different countries go on a religious journey to a place that is sacred to ones religion. This journey is part of fulfilling ones religious vow, duty, wish, or desire for spiritual renewal. April is the month favorable for one to undertake this religious activity.

Every country has many pilgrimage sites. From ancient to modern times, these sites have remained attractive to people.

Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, and Izamal in South America; Thebes and Karnak in Egypt and Baalbek in Syria; Delphi and Ephesus in Greece these were famous pilgrimage sites in ancient times. In Christendom, Rome is the site where Sts. Peter and Paul died as well as the headquarters of the Catholic Church. Bethlehem is the birthplace and Jerusalem is the site of the teaching, trial, and crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Fatima, Portugal; Guadalupe, Spain; Lourdes, France; Czestochowa, Poland; and Walsingham, England these are apparition sites of the Virgin Mary. …