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The Padre Pio Foundation of America presents a Pilgrimage to
Italy and Fatima Visiting
Assisi, Lanciano, San Giovanni Rotondo, St. Michael’s Cave, Pietrelcina, Rome, Lisbon & Fatima
September 3rd – 15th, 2017
Spiritual Director: Father David Beaumont
YOUR PILGRIMAGE INCLUDES:
Round trip air from JFK or Newark Airport - Taxes included
First Class Hotels
Breakfast & Dinner Daily
Air-conditioned motor coach
English speaking guide
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Porterage of one piece of luggage at hotels
All taxes and service charges
Daily Mass and Rosary
$ 3,699.00 Double/Triple per person, $ 750.00 Single Supplement
Sept 3rd: New York/Rome - Depart on your overnight flight to Rome via Lisbon. Dinner served in flight.
Mon, Sept 4th: Rome/Assisi - Upon arrival in Rome we are transferred to Assisi. We visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where we see the Porziuncola. Next, we visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, where we see the Tombs of the two Saints.
Tue, Sept 5th: Assisi - Free day for private devotion.
Wed, Sept 6th: Assisi/Lanciano/San Giovanni Rotondo - According to ancient accounts, in the city of Lanciano, then known as Anxanum, around 700, a Basilian monk was assigned to celebrate Mass at the monastery of St. Longinus. Celebrating in the Latin Rite and using unleavened bread, the monk had doubts about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration "This is my body. This is my blood", with doubt in his soul, the priest is said to have seen the bread change into living flesh and the wine change into blood which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size (the number corresponds to the number of wounds Christ suffered on the cross: one in each hand and foot from the nails, and the wound from the centurion's spear).
After our visit we continue to San Giovanni Rotondo. Upon arrival we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Grace. During our stay in San Giovanni Rotondo we visit Padre Pio’s Tomb.
Thu, Sept 7th: San Giovanni Rotondo - Free day for private devotions.
Fri, Sept 8th: St Michaels Cave - This morning we visit the new Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina to see Padre Pio’s Tomb. This afternoon we visit St. Michael’s Cave. In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled into the mountain, where at first it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with so mysterious an occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel St. Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.
Sat, Sept 9th: San Giovanni Rotondo/Pietrelcina/Rome - Morning departure to Rome. En route we stop at Pietrelcina, birthplace of Padre Pio. We visit his home, the Church of Santa Ana, where he was baptized and we have Mass at Santa Maria degli Angeli. We stop at Piana Romana, where Padre Pio received the invisible stigmata, before continuing to Rome.
Sun, Sept 10th: Rome Papal Blessing – At noon we go to St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus and the Holy Father’s Papal Blessing. After lunch (on our own) we have a Tour of Rome. We see the Coliseum, the Roman Forum and the monument to Victor Emmanuel. We leave our bus for a walk through Rome. We start at Piazza Navona where we see the artist square and the cafes that line it. Minstrels pass from cafe to café entertaining the tourist. We continue through the side streets of Rome to the Parthenon. We end our stroll at the Trevi Fountain where we stop to toss our coins in the Fountain. During our tour, we visit St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.
Mon, Sept 11th: Lisbon/ Fatima – Morning departure to Rome airport for our flight to Lisbon. Upon arrival in Lisbon we are transferred to Fatima. En route we have a panorama of Lisbon. We visit the Belem Tower, the Monastery of St. Jeronimo, the birthplace of St. Anthony and the cathedral where he was baptized.
Tue, Sept 12th: Fatima/Aljustrel/Valinhos/Fatima - This morning we go to Aljustrel where to visit the homes of the children and perhaps meet some of the relatives. Next to Valinhos where Our Lady appeared to the children in August 1917 and where the Angel appeared to the children in 1916. We also visit the Church where the children received the Sacraments. After our visits, we continue to Fatima to visit of the Chapel of Apparitions, the Chapel of Adoration and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary where we see the Tombs of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco and Sr. Lucia.
Wed, Sept 13th: Fatima is Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady - Free day for private devotions.
Thu, Sept 14th: Fatima/Batalha/Alcobaca/Nazare/Fatima - Morning departure to the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória at Batalha which was built in answer to a vow made by King John I to the Virgin Mary. Elected by UNESCO as World Heritage, it is a grand monument to the closing phase of Portuguese Gothic whose building began in 1388. Next to the Monastery of Alcobaca in the fertile valley formed by the Alcoa and Baça's Rivers. King Afonso Henriques built the monastery to fulfill a vow he made to the Cistercian Order, when he conquered Santarém from the Moors. Our last stop is Nazare where, on hot days, the ancient local fishing art is brought to life, with the skipper calling the men down to the sea. The men run down the beach and help push the "candil" - a small fishing boat - down to the sea. In the past this was a daily scene on Nazaré beach. Nowadays the fishermen still mend their nets on the beach, tell fishing yarns and prepare their equipment for bait fishing.
Fri, Sept 15th: Lisbon/USA - Morning departure to Rome airport for our return flight to the USA.
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