Watching some movies tends to bring out the travel bug in many of us. Older movies such as “the Sound of Music”, or newer ones as well, or perhaps the popular “Rick Steve’s Europe” series. You are on this blog for one of two reasons, either you like to travel or you are interested in visiting some particular shrine or discovering more about Catholic culture in other places. Probably it is both.
If you have spent even a small amount of time studying the basics of church history, you know that the twelve apostles covered a rather expansive amount of ground following the initial wave of persecution in 62 AD. Before the last of the apostles (John) died in AD 100, the Gospel had been spread through most of the Roman Empire and even beyond into the outlying people groups. The routes taken were numerous and the miles walked incredible. Paul, by himself, covered hundreds of miles during his three primary missionary journeys. Thomas was confirmed to have gone as far as India and rumored to have preached in China. While the lines between what is confirmed and what is rumored tend to blur when looking into the apostles’ journeys, today we have the opportunity to walk some of the paths that our forerunners traveled and experience glimpses of the annointings they carried.
San Antonio is one of the most popular destinations in the U.S. and every weekend we get requests on our main website for information regarding the Oblate Grotto in San Antonio. Many visitors to the city are looking for a place to attend Mass and apparently the Oblate Grotto is one of the most popular.
The importance of Guidebooks
It was recently revealed that the venerable “Frommer’s” travel guides were purchased by Google and soon thereafter it was announced that they would discontinue publishing the travel guides in book form.
In the age of the internet, many people get their information from websites such as ours. That is a good thing since there is such a wide range of sites out there, but we caution against relying on websites alone (even this one).
For starters, guide books are a great planning tool before you set out on your travels. The better ones are generally written from first-hand experience. And they often go in to more detail than general travel websites.
World Youth Day 2013
World Youth Day was one of the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II, although its beginnings did not seem that extraordinary. The first event was in 1985 and the plan was to have meetings in individual diocese. But that grew to become an every-three-years event held in different countries around the world: Argentina (1987), Spain (1989) and Poland (1991). Attendance in the Philippines in 1995 topped 4 million.
One of the more popular requests we receive is for the Mass times in Moscow, Russian Federation. Since we usually get these requests on Friday or Saturday we assume these are people who will be in Moscow on those days. The Church of the Immaculate Conception offers Masses in languages such as French, English, Korean, Polish, Spanish and others.