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Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist

June 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage, Shrine, Solemnity


Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having a wee one of their own. But... Read More

Philadelphia’s National Shrine: St John Nepomucene Neumann

January 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Memorial, Pilgrimage, Shrine

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An actual photo of St John Nepomucene Neumann Today is the memorial of St John Nepomucene Neumann, Philadelphia’s fourth bishop and our country’s first male saint. In celebration of his memorial, I’d like to introduce you to the National Shrine of St John Nepomucene Neumann, one of Philadelphia’s five shrines, and one of my favorites (they’re on Facebook, too!). The Life of St John Nepomucene Neumann St.... Read More

Shrines & pilgrimages: Really important to faith?

February 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage, Shrine


Our friends over at the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Philadelphia have provided this answer for us: Dear CSD, I am a recent convert and I don’t understand the whole “shrine” thing. What makes a shrine a shrine? Why do Catholics go to these places? Why should I care? Oh, one more thing, the “pilgrimage” thing I guess is also tied to shrines. What about that? Well, lets begin with that “shrine thing”... Read More

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