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"The Pilgrim Journey" by James harpur

REVIEW – “THE PILGRIM JOURNEY” BY JAMES HARPUR

I never thought it likely that I would stumble upon another writer who was as fascinated by the history and trivia of religious pilgrimage as I am. But alas, friends, I have met my match and in fact been bested by one James Harpur in his new book, “The Pilgrim Journey: A History of Pilgrimage […]

Shrine of Mother Cabrini (wikipedia.com)

AMERICA’S CATHOLIC SAINT SHRINES

The select few Americans who have achieved the distinction of sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church were almost all missionaries and, with a few exceptions, virtually all of them were women.  Five extraordinary women, all nuns, served the Church in the United States by creating and expanding religious orders, leaving a trail of schools, hospitals […]

(photo from St. Paul Armenian website)

ANCIENT CHURCHES OF THE EAST IN AMERICA

Christianity has many branches, some going back nearly two thousand years. When asked if they can name some major denominations, American Christians typically think of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism (churches in communion with the Church of England).  To a lesser extent some might think of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (such as that of Greek […]

San Miguel Mission (photo from Wikipedia.com)

CATHOLIC MISSIONS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

The first westerners to arrive in most of the Rocky Mountain states were, not surprisingly, Catholic missionaries: Spanish missionaries into the southern Rockies and French missionaries into the northern Rockies.  Just as they did in Texas and California, these early Catholic explorers left behind a string of missions, many of which are the oldest churches […]

Great Salt Lake Temple

AMERICA’S MORMON PILGRIMAGE TRAIL

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon Church as it is more commonly called, is the largest completely home-grown American Christian denomination. Founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, this unusual movement had an adventurous if rough early history.  Begun in New York state, its members moved several times ever westward across […]

Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian(flickr.com)

BRAZIL’S MOST HISTORIC RELIGIOUS SITES

When considering the great religious sites of Brazil, the first thing most people think of is the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer with its arms outstretched as if embracing the city skyline from its perch on Mount Corcovado.  This magnificent site, one of the best known symbols of Christianity in the world, was in […]

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NANDA DEVI

Uttar Pradesh (7,816 m) – Sacred Mountain of the Goddesses Nanda and Sunanda Nanda Devi is arguably India’s most famous mountain. The tallest mountain located entirely within India’s borders, it is famous for several reasons. First, it is home to one of the world’s biosphere reserves, and as such has been declared a world heritage […]

MOUNT SINAI

Feran, Egypt Mount Sinai, also called Jabal Musa by the local Bedouins, is the site traditionally identified as the Biblical Mount Sinai, and has been unofficially recognized as such by a majority of Jews, Christians and Muslims for many centuries.  It is a place highly revered by all three faiths, and because of its out-of-the-way […]

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"The Pilgrim Journey" by James harpur

REVIEW – “THE PILGRIM JOURNEY” BY JAMES HARPUR

I never thought it likely that I would stumble upon another writer who was as fascinated by the history and trivia of religious pilgrimage as I am. But alas, friends, I have met my match and in fact been bested by one James Harpur in his new book, “The Pilgrim Journey: A History of Pilgrimage […]

"The Silver Chalice"

BIBLICAL EPICS PART TWO – LESS THAN STELLAR BIBLE MOVIES

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of D.W. Griffith’s silent masterpiece Intolerance, it is easy to remember the many great Bible epics that Hollywood has turned out over the last hundred years.  From the classics (The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur) to the controversial (The Last Temptation of Christ) to the contemporary (The Passion of the […]